I’m surprised to be saying this already but we have a new number one at the box office as Captain America has been unseated by The Angry Birds Movie. The animated smartphone app adaptation took in $38.2 with Civil War falling behind that with $32.9. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising debuted in third with $21.8 and The Nice Guys opening in fourth with just $11.2. Hanging on in fifth place was The Jungle Book, earning another $10.9 million. With another superhero film and a Disney movie opening this weekend, you can expect a shake up in the numbers come next Sunday.
Five movies open this week with two of those being blockbuster wide releases:
X-Men Apocalypse – Bryan Singer brings James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence back again to finish this new First Class trilogy. Unfortunately the film is plain and mediocre, relying on all the same tricks from the last movies with no deviation from where you think it will go. As a comic fan, I’m totally disappointed in this one.
Alice Through The Looking Glass – Not being at all a fan of the first movie, this film is like heading into a garrish and bright torture chamber with a soundtrack of nails on chalkboards. No Tim Burton in the director’s chair as Alice heads back to Wonderland to save the Mad Hatter and the rest of her friends from a new threat played by Sacha Baron Cohen.
Love & Friendship – Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny reunite with The Last Days of Disco writer/director Whit Stillman for this adaptation of an unfinished Jane Austen piece. I usually can’t stand these adapatations but this film is fantastically funny and one of my favorites this year.
The Boy and The Beast – I’m really not an anime fan at all, besides the obvious mainstream movies, but this new film may have turned me around completely. A film about the learning relationship between a warrior master and his pupil, this movie captivated me within the first ten minutes.
Sunset Song – A sweeping Scottish coming of age film set in the early 1900s, this movie is a story that will delight the older crowd. A little more patient and slower moving, the scenery of the film will really strke a tone with audiences.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “A Superpowered Clooney Sandwich”
9:20 PM X-Men Apocalypse
11:55 PM Money Monster
1:45 AM Deadpool
At The Rio Theatre: Arguably one of the greatest Spanish language films ever made and the film that really put director Guillermo del Toro on the map internationally, Pan’s Labyrinth gets the midnight screening treatment by those lovely film buffs at The Rio Theatre. Trust me, Pan’s Labyrinth is a must see on the big screen if you haven’t done it already!