The Beast is unquestionably in charge for another weekend, as it added $90.4 million to its number one reign. Power Rangers experienced a solid debut in second with $40.3 and Kong: Skull Island held third, way behind with $14.7 million. Rounding out the top five was the debuting Life with $12.5 fourth place and Logan in fifth with $10.3. You can probably expect another hit weekend for the Disney treasured Beauty and the Beast.
Four films open this weekend with three of those in wide release:
Ghost In The Shell – A massively popular anime from 1995, this film has been running through the gauntlet of that buzz term, “whitewashing”. Yes, Scarlet Johansson toplines this film as the major in a sci-fi extravaganza that looks absolutely gorgeous. I’m excited for this one.
The Boss Baby – The trailers for this movie look like a big old bag of crap but I was pleasantly surprised by this children’s book adaptation. If you are a fan of 30 Rock like I am, you will get a definite kick out of hearing Alec Baldwin’s voice come out of a business suit wearing baby. I know I did.
The Zookeeper’s Wife – Based on the book of the same name, this film follows Jessica Chastain as the wife of the Warsaw Zoo’s head keeper during World War II. Unfortunately, the film has massive pacing issues and is very hard to get into which is sad because it had so much potential.
Mr. Gaga – A documentary definitely aimed at dance fans, this film follows renowned Israeli artistic director Ohad Naharin of the Batsheva Dance Company. This one went a bit over my head with the interpretive dance but the inspirational driving force of the film is what people will find interesting.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “Holy Conflicting Tones”:
7:40 PM Power Rangers
9:55 PM Patriots Day
At The Rio Theatre: Another great three movie line-up hits the screen at the lovely Rio on Broadway, all kicking off with the fascinating film I Am Not Your Negro at 6:30 pm. Afterward, stick around for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest brilliance, Split, at 8:45 pm and then Ridley Scott’s celebrated masterpiece, Blade Runner: The Final Cut at 11:30 pm.
Blu-Ray: The Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the James Franco and Bryan Cranston face-off comedy, Why Him?, Martin Scorsese’s passion project, Silence, the mind-blowingly stunning tearjerker, A Monster Calls, the Boston Marathon bombing film, Patriots Day and Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale Of Love And Darkness (only on DVD).