It was a really good opening weekend for Wonder Woman, as the lady led superhero film blew away its projection of $65 million with $103.3, a distant second place going to the other new release, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, taking $23.9. Last week’s number one, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales held on to third place with $22 and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 held in the top five with a $9.8 million dollar fourth place. Baywatch sunk further into the sea with $8.7 for fifth place, not good for a film trying to be the comedy hit of the summer.
A more normal number of five films hit theaters this weekend, two in wide:
The Mummy – To be honest, I’m not really sure what to make of this one. Universal is trying to round up all the classic monsters like The Wolfman, Frankenstein and Dracula into something called the Dark Universe and it all kicks off with this one. I would be very quick to pan this movie if it wasn’t for lead star Tom Cruise who always creates these fun projects that are, if nothing, entertaining.
It Comes At Night – A new horror thriller that is totally up my alley. Starring Joel Edgerton, the film takes place in a world under siege from a sinister evil following a family that has sequestered themselves in their home, living under a strict set of rules for survival. Everything about this film has that “It Follows” sort of arthouse look to it that I dig and it stays very minimal on details which is also very effective in these types of horror stories.
Megan Leavey – The first narrative feature from the director of Blackfish, this true story follows a Marine in the dog unit deployed in Iraq who was responsible for many rescues. Starring Kate Mara, the film is garnering some good buzz and may be one of those surprisingly satisfying dramas.
My Cousin Rachel – Fans of British period pieces are going to really dig this one, Victorian era set mystery from the novelist behind The Birds and Rebecca, two adapted by Alfred Hitchcock. The movie follows a young man who inherits the estate of his cousin and caregiver after he passes away under mysterious circumstances. Believing it to be the new woman in his cousin’s life Rachel, played by Rachel Weisz, he hopes to entrap her for revenge but starts to fall for her instead.
Churchill – Character actor Brian Cox steps into the shoes of one of the most iconic figures from World War II, Winston Churchill. This bio-pic follows him in the 96 hours leading up until D-Day and his dealings with General Dwight Eisenhower, played by Mad Men’s John Slattery. I have a soft spot for films like this but the advanced word isn’t great.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “A Night For The Ladies (You Can Watch Charlie Hunnam With The Sound Off)”:
9:30 PM Wonder Woman
11:55 PM Everything, Everything
1:45 PM King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
At The Rio Theatre: It’s a really fantastic day of cinema at The Rio on Friday as the unanimous hit thriller Get Out kicks everything off at 6:30 pm. Following that, and in celebration of the late Chris Cornell, Cameron Crowe’s Seattle film Singles hits the screen at 9 pm then Dario Argento’s debut feature The Bird With The Crystal Plumage closes everything out at 11:30 pm. This is a drool worthy bunch of flicks for sure.
Blu-Ray: the smash hit live-action adaptation Beauty And The Beast, the disappointing Gore Verbinski film A Cure For Wellness, the true story interracial love story A United Kingdom and Academy Award nominee Land Of Mine after a short limited engagement (only on DVD).