Not really to anyone’s surprise, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice superhero smashed the box office with a number one opening weekend of $166 million, with a worldwide opening of $420. The real question is how much will it make this weekend and how much will it drop by. Zootopia slid down to second with $24 and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 debuted in third with $17.9. Miracles From Heaven dropped to fourth place, taking in $9.7 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant is just behind that in fifth with $9.4. There isn’t anything to give the DC Comics showdown any competition so I see it repeating for another weekend.
Just three films opening this week and only one of those is in wide release:
Midnight Special – One of the best American filmmakers working today, Jeff Nichols returns with his main star Michael Shannon for a very Spielberg feeling sci-fi film. This movie, like his other three, have a southern style to them and doesn’t go in the conventional way people expect. One of my favorites this year.
Chi-Raq – Controversial director Spike Lee bring his latest vision, a quasi musical and almost Shakespearean epic about the brutal gangland of some neighborhoods in Chicago. One of Lee’s best films he’s ever made, the film is just as spitting angry as the filmmaker himself. This film is definitely not for everyone.
Cemetery of Splendour – the new film from acclaimed Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, this film is an absolute doozy to get through. I follows a careworker at a clinic that deals with a very mysterious sleeping sickness that afflicts the nearby soldiers. A very slow moving film with some stunning shots throughout. The director reminded me of David Lynch at times with a Terrence Malick type of patience.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “I’m Only Into That Last One”
7:50 PM Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice
10:35 PM London Has Fallen
12:30 PM Creed
At The Rio Theatre: A STAGE EVENT IS HAPPENING SO NO MIDNIGHT SCREENING
Blu-Ray: one of my favorites of last year, Quentin Tarantino’s event film The Hateful Eight, Will Smith plays Dr. Bennett Omalu in the film Concussion, the pointless remake of Point Break, Kiefer Sutherland plays cowboy with his dad Donald in Forsaken, Keanu Reeves investigates police corruption in Exposed and Sarah Jessica Parker stars in the romantic comedy All Roads Lead To Rome (only on DVD).