I’m so happy to say that movie goers made the right choice this weekend and made Deadpool as massive record breaking hit with a huge $135 million number one opening weekend. Not bad for a film that cost $58 million. Kung Fu Panda 3 slipped down to second place with a still decent $26 and new releases How To Be Single and the horrible Zoolander 2 opened in third and fourth with $20.6 and $16 million respectively. Not a good showing for something people have been waiting a decade and a half for. Hanging on to the fifth spot was The Revenant with $7.8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now fallen to sixth place.
There’s five new films opening this weekend, three in wide release, none that will knock Deadpool from his perch:
Race – The true story of American track and field multiple medalist Jesse Owens is told in this melodrama starring Canadian Stephan James as the title role and Jason Sudeikis co-starring in his first dramatic role. Owens ran in the Berlin Olympics in 1936 against Hitler’s German team. Not a great movie at all.
Risen – It’s been awhile since we got a Bible epic on the big screen. This one stars Joseph Fiennes as Clavius, a non believer and Roman Military Tribune who is employed to figure out the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion. This comes from Waterworld director Kevin Reynolds and also stars Draco Malfoy himself, Tom Felton.
The Witch – A dominant horror film at festivals last year, this movie is a seriously unsettling story about an exiled settler family in 1630s New England who are prayed upon by an entity in the surrounding woods. An incredibly ambiguous film, this is one for the arthouse crowd who are sure to fall in love with it. I really enjoyed this one.
Touched With Fire – Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby star in this drama about two poets dealing with severe bi-polar disorder who find a connection with each other, only to send themselves spirally in the other side of the manic spectrum. Both Holmes and Kirby are great in this film that gets a little let down by the writing.
Southbound – This twisted multiple storied film from the minds behind VHS really surprised me in parts. Comprised of four semi connected vignettes, it’s a gruesome movie that takes place on a highway that seems to be the road to hell. This one got some nice buzz from the festival circuit as well.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s double header I call “This Is Totally Worth It For The First One”
7:30 PM Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10:10 PM The Finest Hours
At The Rio Theatre: OH GOD! NOT THE BEES!! That’s right! One of Nicolas Cage’s worst films EVER is getting a midnight showing at the Rio this Friday. Starting at 11:30 PM you can go see the Neil LaBute remake of The Wicker Man, which was also coincidentally shot in British Columbia. Are we proud of that?
Blu-Ray: the well acted but story muddled Black Mass, the Academy Award nominated Steve Jobs, the also nominated Trumbo, the Chilean miner movie The 33, Christopher Plummer out for revenge in Remember and John Travolta in Jackie Earle Haley’s directorial debut Criminal Activities.