Another week of new releases that bombed badly at the box office means another week at number one for Matt Damon and The Martian which took in a low $11.7. Retaining second and third was Goosebumps with $9.9 and Bridge of Spies with $8.4 and Hotel Transylvania and The Last Witch Hunter switched spots with the Adam Sandler animated film rising back into fourth with $5.9 and the Vin Diesel fantasy film taking $5.2. Burnt did the best of the new releases, landing in sixth with an even $5 while Sandra Bullock had the worst opening of her career with Our Brand is Crisis only coming in eighth with a dismal $3.2. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse did the worst, pulling in only $1.8 for the twelfth spot.
Finally some good movies this week with three wide releases and one limited one:
Spectre – Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the follow up to 2012’s Skyfall, the greatest Bond film in my opinion. In this film Bond tries to uncover a shadowy organization responsible for all the tragedies that have hampered him since Casino Royale. This will, without a doubt, be number one this weekend. It already smashed U.K. box office records last weekend.
The Peanuts Movie – Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang get the big screen update with this full length feature. Heading into it I was really worried that it would be another awful film like Alvin and the Chipmunks but it was a sweet film that creator Charles Schulz would be proud of. Families will love this one.
Miss You Already – Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore star in this well made drama about two inseparable best friends. Things become complicated when wild child Milly (Collette) is diagnosed with breast cancer. A really well told story with great chemistry between the leads which makes the film really endearing.
Theeb – The official entry for Jordan into the Best Foreign category of next year’s Academy Awards, this is a beautifully filmed story of survival centering around a the young son of a deceased village elder who finds himself fighting for his survival after his traveling group finds themselves in bandit territory. Playing only at Vancity Theatre.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week features a group of films I call “A Must See Line Up”:
7:30 PM Spectre
10:10 PM The Walk
At the Rio Theatre: One of my personal favorite unconventional love stories Harold and Maude gets a midnight screening at the Rio this Friday, starting at 11:55 pm. This Hal Ashby classic has great performances, a hilariously dark story and a really iconic Cat Stevens soundtrack. Tea for the Tillerman, anyone?
Blu-Ray: the Disney/Pixar hit Inside Out, the comedy reboot of the Griswolds, Vacation, the screwball comedy She’s Funny That Way, Charlize Theron in Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places (DVD only), the horror spoof comedy The Final Girls and my favorite French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s return with The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (DVD only).