I am both shocked and incredibly disappointed in North American filmgoers this past weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens was unseated by Ride Along 2 which took $35.2 million dollars for the number one spot. That’s ridiculous! In second place was The Revenant, retaining it with an additional $31.8 giving it a great first couple of weeks. Star Wars slides down to third with $26.3 and Michael Bay’s 13 Hours did an impressive opening in limited release with $16.2. Expect that one to pick up steam as it expands this weekend. Rounding out the top five was Daddy’s Home, almost ready to exit the top of the box office chart with $9.5.
There are four wide releases this week as well as one Academy Award nominated foreign film that is well worth your time:
Dirty Grandpa – How far has Robert DeNiro fallen that he has to do a film like this where he plays a newly widowed man who drags his grandson (Zac Efron) to spring break in Florida so he can get laid. Sounds like a horny teenager wrote this film and DeNiro’s agent saw dollar signs instead of integrity for his client.
The 5th Wave – Chloe Grace Moretz is at the head of this new tween saga looking to be the next Hunger Games. Unfortunately, the buzz around it says that it’s more likely to be the new Divergent or maybe even Maze Runner. If it fails, will it end the tween franchise push? Probably not. It’s too bad because I liked director J Blakeson’s only other film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but maybe that was for other reasons, like Gemma Arterton.
The Boy – The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan leads this new horror film about a nanny who finds out her new client’s son is a doll. Eventually she begins to find out the doll may be alive! DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUN! The trailer looks creepy but remember The Forest did too and was terrible. Also remember it’s still January.
Ip Man 3 – In the final time that Donnie Yen will play the title character, this film finds Master Ip fighting against a ruthless property manager played by Mike Tyson? Wait, what? Yes, Iron Mike Tyson makes his action film debut in this and I’m guessing it will be nothing like Mike Tyson Mysteries.
Son of Saul – Already this film has won the best foreign Golden Globe and will definitely do so at the Oscars too. Being the first feature film from director and writer László Nemes as well as the acting debut of star Géza Röhrig, this film is an incredible accomplishment. I saw it at VIFF last year and still haven’t been able to shake it.
At The Rio Theatre: I love this back to back double bill as it’s two Quentin Tarantino films without him behind the camera! The glorious Rio Theatre screens Tony Scott’s True Romance at 7:30 pm and the Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers at 10 pm. Those are two movies that are going to look amazing on the beautiful big screen on Commercial and Broadway!
Blu-Ray: Robert DeNiro showing off how awesome his career is right now in The Intern. one of the best ensemble casts of the year in Straight Outta Compton, one of the most under used casts of the year in Everest, Ben Kingsley plays East Indian in Learning To Drive (only on DVD), the big screen version of Jem and The Holograms, the fantastic indie film The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the true story adaptation The Stanford Prison Experiment and the critically and publicly trashed Stonewall (only on DVD).