Spectre repeated in the number one spot with $33.7 this weekend, easily beating the new releases. The Peanuts Movie held on to second with $24 with third place, the atrocious Love The Coopers, $15 million dollars below it with $9.4. The Martian is still hanging in the top five, pulling another $6.7 while the Chilean miner film The 33 debuted in fifth with $5.8. This will all be shaken up when Katniss throws her weight around this weekend.
One massive film, two big films and two limited films hit theatres this weekend:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – The battle of Katniss Everdeen versus President Snow and the Capitol comes to a head in the final installment in The Hunger Games. I’ve never been hugely keen on this series but I feel that fans of it will be satisfied with the closing chapter. It also should be noted that this is the final performance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died with a weekly left in filming.
The Night Before – To whip that disgusting Love The Coopers off my Christmas movie palate, local boys Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bring the cheer in this hilarious film about three friends continuing their Christmas Eve ritual of partying all night and searching for the elusive “Nutcracker’s Ball”. If you loved all of Seth’s other films like The Interview and This Is The End, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.
Secret In Their Eyes – Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman star in this film about the murder and investigation of the daughter of an FBI anti-terrorism unit member. The film is based on a movie of the same name from Argentina, which won the Best Foreign Oscar in 2010. This one didn’t really connect with me and felt a little shallow as a thriller.
Brooklyn – One of my favorite films from Vancouver International Film Festival, Brooklyn is the beautiful tale of an Irish girl immigrating to America to find a better future. Saoirse Ronan is fantastic in this crowd pleaser that I’m sure will get a lot of great word of mouth.
By The Sea – The final acting performance from Angelina Jolie-Pitt is this film that she also wrote and directed that stars her husband, Brad Pitt. This film follows a married couple during a tumultuous time, vacationing in the south of France. Funny enough, this movie was made on Brad and Angelina’s honeymoon. Unfortunately, it’s very slow and depressing, clocking in at two hours and fifteen minutes.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week features a group of films I call “Look Away, Look Away, Nothing To See Here”:
7:30 PM Burnt
9:20 PM The Last Witch Hunter
At the Rio Theatre: This Friday is an epic one at the Rio as Reservoir Dogs is your midnight screening, starting at 11:30 pm. Just over a month away from Quentin Tarantino’s new film Hateful Eight, take a trip back to his first film about a bank heist that goes horribly wrong.