Neither of the three new releases came close to touching the number one film from last weekend, The LEGO Batman Movie, as it retained the top spot with $42.5 million and Fifty Shades Darker hung onto its same spot at second place with another $23.3. The Great Wall did the best of the new films, opening in third with $21.7. John Wick: Chapter 2 dropped to fourth with $19.1 and Fist Fight rounded out the top five, debuting with $14.5. A Cure For Wellness bombed, only opening in tenth with just $4.3 million, which it deserved much better than that. These numbers won’t change much this weekend.
Just one film opening in wide release but four films in limited, including two Academy Award nominees:
– Jordan Peele, one half of the popular comedy duo Key & Peele, makes his directorial debut with this horror thriller that is quite genius. Taking elements of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner with a Shyamalan twist, the film is about a white girl taking here black boyfriend home to meet the parents. Doesn’t sound at all sinister, does it? SPOILER! It gets weird.
A United Kingdom
– Based on a true story, Rosamund Pike plsh woman who falls in love with a charming black man, played by David Oyelowo, and the two enter a whirlwind romance. The twist is the man is actually Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana and the new relationship causes an international uproar. Both Pike and Oyelowo are excellent actors and the film is getting very favorable reviews.
The Girl With All The Gifts
– Zombie films have been the rage for well over a decade now but the originality of the genre is hit and miss. Set in the U.K. after a fungal outbreak turns the population into bloodthirsty “hungries”, this British film is a breath of fresh air and boasts great performances, especially the young main actress, Sennia Nanua.
The Red Turtle
– Studio Ghibli produced this gorgeous animated and Oscar-nominated film, one I got to check out at the Vancouver International Film Festival. A film without any dialogue, the story is about a man who washes up on an island beach after a shipwreck. This movie is amazing and will attempt to squeeze the tears out of you.
I Am Not Your Negro
– Another Oscar nominee, this film is anTX and Medgar Evers. Showing these speeches against a backdrop of something as recent as the events of Ferguson is chilling.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “Watch The First One Then Get The Hell Out Of There”:
7:30 PM Split
9:40 PM Fifty Shades Darker
At The Rio Theatre: NO MIDNIGHT SCREENING