It was a soft weekend at the box office but a good one for M. Night Shyamalan again as Split took a third week in the top spot with $14.6 million with last week’s new release, Rings, in second with $13. A Dog’s Purpose hung around in third with $10.8 and Hidden Figures and La La Land are proving their longevity in fourth and fifth spot, earning $10.1 and $7.5 respectively. This is all definitely looking to change this weekend with huge movies on the horizon.
Five movies hit Vancouver this weekend, with much-anticipated films in three different demographics:
The LEGO Batman Movie – Following up on the massive success of The LEGO Movie, Will Arnett reprises his role in this spin-off following the Caped Crusader in his more douche like incarnation. A hilarious voice cast and a fun look at a supremely dark character, this is the best bet for the family this weekend, sure to impress all ages.
Fifty Shades Darker – After becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film ever, then to be defeated by Deadpool, this E.D. James written series is looking to regain the crown by enticing giggling women of all ages back into the cinema. I avoided the first movie like the plague and, judging from the reviews, I did the smart thing. I doubt this will improve on anything.
John Wick: Chapter 2 – A surprise hit from out of nowhere, John Wick is a movie that I can and have watched over and over. Let it be known that Chapter 2 is just as awesome and sets us up for an explosive Chapter 3. Those who were worried about the sequel, put your doubts aside, it is pure awesomeness.
Paterson – The new film from Jim Jarmusch, one of two that screened at VIFF, Paterson is a step in a new and quieter direction. Starring Adam Driver, the film follows a laid back New Jersey bus driver with a penchant for poetry. Getting fantastic reviews, I can attest to how satisfying this movie is.
Below Her Mouth – From Canadian filmmaker April Mullen, this drama follows two women who share a passionate moment together that changes their lives. This film isn’t getting very nice things said about it at all but I loved Mullen’s first film Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way Of The Tosser so I want to give this a chance.
At The Rio Theatre: A movie that will definitely appeal to Drex and I, Wild At Heart hits the screen at The Rio at 11:55 pm. Why is it so special? Because David Lynch took time away from making Twin Peaks in the 90s to make this insane Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern road trip film. Plus, Cage’s snakeskin jacket is sweet and represents his independence.
Blu-Ray: The animated blast from the the toys of the past, Trolls, a beautifully told story of an interracial love story outlawed in the 50s, Loving, the border thriller Desierto, the locally shot The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, the documentary The Eagle Huntress, Michael Shannon in the Las Vegas thriller, Frank & Lola and one of the oddest Canadian films in recent memory to steal my heart, Two Lovers And A Bear.