The King reigned supreme this weekend, as Kong: Skull Island blew away the predictions of $40 million by netting $61 for first place with Logan sliding down to second with $38.1. Get Out continues its strong showing with another $20.7 million, The Shack sticks around with a $10 million fourth place and The LEGO Batman Movie rounds out the top five with $7.6, which actually shows that a lot of people went to the movies this weekend.
Just four films open this weekend but three of those are in wide release:
Beauty And The Beast – Disney continues to live action up their animated classics with this very ambitious adaptation. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens take the lead role but the notable thing recently is the bit of a gay controversy dealing with one of the characters, that distracts from the fact that the film is not getting the best reviews. I’m still looking forward to it.
Goon: The Last Of The Enforcers – Move aside Slapshot, there is a new generation of hockey films that has taken that spotlight, starting in 2012 with Goon. Now, writer Jay Baruchel settles into the director’s chair for the first time for the follow-up, The Last Of The Enforcers, a film that is just as fun, just as crude and just as loveable as the first film. I love this movie so much.
The Sense Of An Ending – I’m definitely a sucker for really good British melodrama and this film serves it up brilliantly. Starring Jim Broadbent, this movie follows a retired man who must re-evaluate his life when he is given some new information after the passing of an ex-girlfriend’s mother. Solid performances and a compellingly mysterious story make this a definite recommendation.
Weirdos – A Canadian treasure of a director, Bruce McDonald, returns with this light and nostalgic teenage road trip film. Taking place in a 1970s era Eastern Canada, the story follows a teenager as he hitchhikes from his dad’s place in Ontario to his mother’s in Nova Scotia with his girlfriend in tow. This film is an absolute sweetheart and will make you reminisce about those stubby Molson Canadian bottles.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “A Whole Lotta Fun In Langley, Part Deux”:
7:30 PM The LEGO Batman Movie
9:25 PM Kong: Skull Island
At The Rio Theatre: Turtles in a half shell! Turtle power! Yes! Playing as their midnight showing at the Rio is the 1990 live action adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Before Michael Bay wormed his way in and destroyed the design of our four upright walking amphibians, we had this gem, one I saw four times in theaters. Check out the show, starting at 11:55pm, and keep an eye out for Sam Rockwell as a foot soldier.