Johnny Depp had a weekend at number one as Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales raked in $78.5 million in its opening weekend with Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 in a far back second place with $27.2. Baywatch underperformed, opening in third with $23.1 and last week’s number one, Alien: Covenant, slid all the way to fourth with $13.4. Rounding out the top five was another new release, Everything, Everything, which took $7.7.
Just three films hit theaters this weekend, two in wide:
Wonder Woman – Warner Brothers and DC Comics have been trying desperately to make something work and have come up short each and every time but advance word says that this, the first woman led superhero epic, is actually really good which, for me, is very relieving. I want this story of Diana, Princess of Themyscura, to be a massive hit and Gal Gadot seems to be spot on as the character.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – With a villain named Professor Poopypants you kind of know what sort of kid’s movie you’re getting into but with a cast that includes Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch. I might be able to forgive an hour and a half of Kevin Hart.
Land Of Mine – Finally after months of delay, this Academy Award nominated foreign film gets a small release at the Vancity Theatre. Taking place after WW2 in Denmark, a group of Hitler Youth are forced to remove German land mines under the watch of a harsh and hardened Danish sergeant. As the boys start dying, his view of them starts to change. This film is one of my favorites this year.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “Watch The First One Then Back Away Slowly”:
9:30 PM Wonder Woman
11:55 PM King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
2:15 PM Unforgettable
At The Rio Theatre: Aside from Singles, my favorite Cameron Crowe made film has to be Almost Famous, with a young Patrick Fugit playing tour journalist to Stillwater, a fictional rock band from the 70s. If you love this film or never seen it before, the Rio has the ticket for you as the movie hits the screen at 11:30 pm. Don’t miss it!
Blu-Ray: the Charlie Day and Ice Cube comedy, Fist Fight, one of my bigger surprises this year, Before I Fall, probably the worst film I saw this year, The Shack and direct to video thriller, Collide.