This weekend at the box office was all about T U R T L E Turtle Power! Unfortunately it was a weak number one, as the sequel only took in $35.3 million, below studio expectations. X-Men Apocalypse slid down into second place with $22.8, a 66% drop in sales, and the one of the other newcomers, Me Before You, placed third with $18.7. Alice Though The Looking Glass continues to disappoint, falling to fourth with $11.3 and The Angry Birds Movie hangs on in fifth with $10.2. Popstar unfortunately bombed completely, opening in eighth with just $4.7 million.
Just four movies gracing screens in new release this weekend, only one of them in limited:
The Conjuring 2 – James Wan is back to scare the living crap out of the audience with his follow up to the 2013 original that is genuinely frightening. The advance word is this film is just as creepy and unsettling, based on the true story of ghost hunters, Lorraine and Ed Warren. Horror fans, get on this one.
Now You See Me 2 – A completely unnecessary sequel to a sparkly and completely nonsensical film, this big cast follow up does nothing to improve what came before it and, again, tries to fill gaping plot holes with magic. A complete waste of over two hours of your time.
Warcraft – this Vancouver shot video game adaptation is already being called the Battlefield Earth of the last few years, which is crazily sad being that it comes from Moon filmmaker Duncan Jones. This was being touted as the first film in a franchise but I doubt that is the plan for Universal anymore.
Maggie’s Plan – Greta Gerwig teams up with writer and director Rebecca Miller for this sophisticated screwball comedy with fun performances from Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, ill Hader and Maya Rudolph. This is the perfect date movie and should get a lot of love.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “The ‘I’ve Only Seen One’ Trio”
9:40 PM The Angry Birds Movie
11:30 PM Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
1:15 AM The Boss
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday, to celebrate Italian Day, the lovely Rio Theatre shines a spotlight on one of the greatest living Italian filmmakers with his most iconic film, as Suspiria gets it’s time to shine starting at 11:30pm. The beginning of a famous trilogy and perhaps the greatest giallo film ever made, this film begs to be seen on the big screen. Go get it!
Blu-Ray: the massively popular Zootopia, the Coen Brothers love letter to old Hollywood, Hail, Caesar!, Michael Bay’s take on a true subject in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of the Benghazi, Emma Watson in the creepy thriller Colonia, Nicholas Hoult as a murderous record executive in Kill Your Friends, Charlie Kaufman’s brilliant stop motion animated Anomalisa, Katie Holmes in the manic depression story Touched With Fire, Spike Lee’s brash and colorful Chi-Raq, the anime The Boy And The Beast and horror film, The Other Side Of The Door.