It was a massive weekend for Illumination Entertainment as their film The Secret Life Of Pets managed to unseat Finding Dory with a massive $104.4 million. The Legend of Tarzan hung around in second with $21 while Finding Dory slid down to third after three weeks at the top, earning $20.8. Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates debuted in fourth place with $16.6 and The Purge: Election Year rounds out the top five with $12.4.
Only four releases this week, one wide and it’s a big one:
Ghostbusters – The collective anger of the internet can now realize their hate as the all ladies reboot is now here. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones all share great chemistry in a pretty fun movie. It’s now time for all of the internet trolls to collectively suck it.
Equals – Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart star in this romance film set in a utopian future. The world has conquered diseases like cancer but have also done away with people’s emotions. A gorgeous looking film that will probably only appeal to the arthouse crowd.
The Innocents – This French film set in Poland after World War II follows a Red Cross nurse who helps a convent of nuns who have been sexually assaulted by the Russian soldiers. It’s rare that we get a post-WW2 film and this one is a really thought provoking one.
Dark Horse – This documentary is about a small village in England who pitch in together to breed a championship horse. The ultimate underdog story, this film is a bit hard on the eyes with some really grainy footage used that may detract from the overall enjoyment of the movie.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is one I call “Laugh Your Ass Off (But Remember To Pick Up After Yourself)”
9:15 PM The Secret Life Of Pets
11:00 PM Central Intelligence
1:15 AM Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday the Rio Theatre has a true treat for all you cinephiles out there as they are screening two films that celebrate the best in filmmaking. First, David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia kicks everything off at 6:45 pm. Following that is one of the greatest American party films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed And Confused. I’m in heaven and it’s all thanks to you, Rio Theatre!
Blu-Ray: the borefest that is The Divergent Series: Allegiant, my favorite movie so far this year, Green Room, the adrenaline riddled, Hardcore Henry, the Jennifer Garner faith-based inspirational film, Miracles From Heaven, the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some, a solid Canadian film, Sleeping Giant (DVD only) and my pal Patrick Gilmore’s hilarious satire mockumentary No Men Beyond This Point (DVD only).