People were all about the family horror film Goosebumps as it took the top spot this weekend with $23.6, an OK first weekend. The Martian only slipped to second with $21.3 and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies debuted in third with $15.4. Unfortunately, Crimson Peak is considered a flop, coming in fourth with only $13.1 and Hotel Transylvania hung onto fifth with $12.6.
This week Steve Jobs expands to a wide release as well as four wide releases and one limited hit theatres:
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension – Could this actually be the final Paranormal Activity? That’s what their saying as this is probably the biggest scale film in the series of blockbuster shock scare horror movies. Let’s put it this way, the first film cost $15,000 and this one cost $10 million, but hey, we finally get the gimmick of 3D this time. This movie will do well at the box office, I’m sure.
Jem and The Holograms – For teenage girls around the world, Hasbro has now given them Jem, a property they have probably never heard of. Based on the trailer, this is a reimagining that seems to have left everything that made the original series so popular. Instead it’s focused on the instant gratification of the reality TV and YouTube star generation. This looks like an awful film from the director of the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never.
The Last Witch Hunter – Vin Diesel is back for the second time this year, ringing a passion project he’s been trying to get made for years. I’m sure his flock of die hard fans will eat this film up, as they did with Riddick a couple years back. his means it will most likely be bad, just like Riddick and no, this won’t be taking anywhere even close to Furious 7 money. Not even a fraction of it.
Rock the Kasbah – I feel like movies being led by Bill Murray are incredibly rare these days, especially a comedy. That’s why I am a little excited for this Barry Levinson film about a record manager who discovers a potential recording star in Afghanistan. The film also stars Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson.
Remember – It’s been a long time since Atom Egoyan has put out a good film, at least over ten years. Remember is a film that puts Egoyan on the right track, following Zev, played by Christopher Plummer, an elderly Holocaust survivor with dementia who goes on a mission to hunt down the Nazi war criminal who killed his family in the war. The film is a bit predictable and ridiculous in parts but actually has some very good payoff.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week features a group of films I call “Oh man, Sicario Is Worth It Alone”:
7:30 PM Sicario
9:45 PM Hyena Road
11:50 PM Sinister 2
At the Rio Theatre: A Tim Burton classic hits the Rio for this Friday night’s midnight screening and I’m going to get Drex to repeat this on air: “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!” Can’t wait to see what happens!
Blu-Ray: The biggest movie of the year so far Jurassic World, the teen drama Paper Towns, the fantastic teen comedy Dope, the World War I romantic drama Testament of Youth, the unsettling drama Hungry Hearts (DVD only) and the acclaimed documentary The Wolfpack.