The momentum on Star Wars: The Force Awakens seems to be slowing down a bit as it retained the top spot at the box office with $42.4 million, just ahead of the debuting The Revenant, in second with an impressive $39.8. Daddy’s Home slips from its perch in second to third with an even $15 while other newcomer The Forest opened in fourth with $12.7. Hanging in the fifth spot was Sisters pulling another $7.2 million.
There’s only two new wide releases in theatres this week and three limited:
Ride Along 2 – Following the very successful first film, another January release which took $134 million worldwide in it’s run, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube reteam for a follow up to their mismatched buddy cop movie. Can’t lie, I haven’t even seen the first movie.
Norm of the North – For some reason Lionsgate pushed this terrible animated film from a video on demand release to a theatrical one. This movie is a badly animated, horribly written piece of garbage. Skip this one even if you have kids.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of the Benghazi – Michael Bay returns to film without Transformers or Ninja Turtles in a true story war piece about a security team facing down an attack in Libya. Bay’s last drama Pain and Gain was actually one of my guilty pleasures, so I’m kind of looking forward to this one.
Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, returns with a mind blowing beautiful stop motion animated film, the best from last year. It follows a writer on a business trip as he goes through an existential crisis. This film is absolutely incredible.
Macbeth – Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard lead this beautifully shot adaptation of the famed Shakespeare classic. Not really enjoyable unless you’re well versed with the original play, the action scenes at the beginning and end are amazing.
At The Rio Theatre: The new Macbeth that I just spoke of above gets its limited run release in Vancouver at the Rio Theatre exclusively. A great venue to see it, the press screening there was great.
Blu-Ray: Two time Golden Globe winner The Martian, the animated Adam Sandler hit sequel Hotel Transylvania 2, horror sequel Sinister 2, the final “Paranormal” film Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Woody Allen’s latest Irrational Man, the Canadian Indo gangster film Beeba Boys (DVD only), the James Dean slight bio pic Life (DVD only), Naomi Klein’s brilliant book gets the movie treatment in This Changes Everything and the French Canadian darling My Internship In Canada (DVD only).