The Jungle Book secured it’s last weekend at number one before Captain America and his crew roll into theatres to dominate, taking an impressive $43.7, dwarfing the second place showing from The Huntsman: Winter’s War which took a measly $9.6 in it’s second weekend. Keanu opened in third with $9.5 with the other new release Mother’s Day behind it in fourth, taking only $8.4. Taking into account that Julia Roberts was paid $3 million for four days work tells you that the studio will lose money on that one. Rounding out the top five was Barbershop: The Next Cut, which earned $6.1 and Ratchet & Clank bombed, opening in seventh with $4.9 million.
Only one wide release hitting screens this weekend, sure to annihilate anything in it’s path, but we also have five limited releases:
Captain America: Civil War – The most anticipated comic book movie of the year is here to clean the horrible taste of Batman v. Superman off of your palate, as this film is everything you want it to be. The third Captain America film is not just a furthering of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but a culmination of everything we’ve seen so far. Everyone is going to love this one and that web slinging, wall crawling guy? Just as great as you want him to be.
The Meddler – Susan Sarandon gives a fantastic performance in a film that is below the caliber of her work. Rose Byrne co-stars in this film about a widower who focuses on her only daughter’s dating life and then in the lives of others she comes across.
Disorder – The Danish Girl actor Matthias Schoenaerts stars as an ex-soldier who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He accepts a bodyguard job for the wife of a wealthy businessman (Diane Kruger) and has to defend them from a brutal home invasion. This looks like a solid thriller with good reviews.
Natasha – A Canadian film out of Ontario, the film follows a teenage boy and his sexual awakening with a Russian immigrant girl who is about to become family through marriage. Dominant over the main character through her sexuality, Natasha is very much a Lolita type story through a young man’s eyes. Definitely an interesting watch.
The Rainbow Kid – A coming of age film about a teen with Down Syndrome going on an adventure to find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The film is described as a gritty tale of an innocent person’s ride across rural Ontario and got some good festival buzz.
Lolo – Writer, director and actress Julie Delpy brings her latest project, a film about a career-driven woman who finds herself falling for a computer nerd. Coming from one piece of the Before trilogy’s writing team, this might be one film fans will want to check out.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “A Thoroughly Solid Line-Up”
8:45 PM Zootopia
10:55 PM Captain America: Civil War
1:45 PM The Witch
At The Rio Theatre: One of my favorite films ever made gets the Midnight Special screening this Friday as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive hits the screen at 11:55pm. Robbed of any Academy Award nominations, this Ryan Gosling film is made to be seen on the big screen and those lovely folks at the Rio are awesome for picking this one. Go get on it before it sells out, which it will.