Still very much in control of the top box office spot, Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to destroy with another dominant weekend earning of $90.2 million. No slouch in second was the awful Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg movie Daddy’s Home, taking $29.2. The Hateful Eight expanded into all theatres and underwhelmed with a third place $15.7 while fourth and fifth were pretty close with Sisters and Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip receiving $12.8 and $12.1 each.
Nothing’s going to stop that Star Wars money train for now but there are a couple new releases this week including one of my top five 2015 films:
The Revenant – Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy and the winner of the last two cinematography Oscars, Emmanuel Lubeski combine to make one of the most incredible films I have ever seen. Filmed in our own backyard, as well as Alberta, this is the true story of Hugh Glass, an explorer who lived through a bear attack to seek revenge for the murder of his son. This is Leo’s Oscar right here unless Cranston steals it, which is possible.
The Forest – Game of Thrones and Mockingjay star Natalie Dormer stars in this supernatural horror film about a woman looking for her sister who disappeared into Aokigahara Forest, a forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan where people go to commit suicide. Dormer goes to search for her and spookiness happens. This film is getting a lot of controversy thrown at it, being called white washing and insensitive in its subject matter.
At The Rio Theatre: It’s not in glorious 70mm but The Hateful Eight gets a full week long exclusive engagement at The Rio starting this Friday! This is another chance to catch one of the best films of 2015!
Blu-Ray: the blistering thriller Sicario, M. Night Shyamalan’s first hit in years The Visit, the adaptation of Man on Wire, The Walk, the zombie comedy Scouts Guide To The Apocalypse, the faith based thriller Captive (only on DVD), Eli Roth’s own Cannibal Holocaust, The Green Inferno, the beautiful Mark Ruffalo film Infinitely Polar Bear, Mickey Rourke in Ashby (DVD only), one of my top ten this year The End of the Tour and David Spade returns to one of his many dumb roles in Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser.