I’m a little surprised at how the box office race went this past weekend as Tim Burton Peculiar Children got him a number one film with $28.9 million and the other newcomer Deepwater Horizon behind it in second with $20.2. The Magnificent Seven slipped down to third place, earning $15.6 and Storks stuck around in the fourth spot with $13.5. Rounding out the top five was Sully, still making enough to keep it in the conversation with $8.3. Masterminds and Queen Of Katwe didn’t chart as well as the other new releases, only pulling $6.5 and $2.5 for spots six and seven. Katwe definitely deserved better than that.
Five movies open this weekend, with at least one of the three wide releases looking to unseat Miss Peregrine:
The Birth Of A Nation – Coming off some really great buzz from this year’s Sundance, the momentum seemed to shift a little bit when it hit Toronto for their festival. Telling the story of Nat Turner, a slave who was a preacher his master and organized a rebellion against the white man, the film comes off as a real transparent boost to writer, director and lead actor Nate Parker’s ego.
The Girl On The Train – Adapted for the New York Times bestseller, this film looks to cash in on the success of Gone Girl, a couple years back. A mystery involving duplicitous relationships, adultury and other secrets, the film is all about its female stars, including Emily Blunt, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett, just seen in The Magnificent Seven. This might be the best bet for the weekend.
Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life – Another book adaptation, this one is geared for the kids. The film follows a teen with an overactive imagination who rebels against his oppressive principal at his new school. In a way it’s a kind of mix of the two other releases when I come to think of it. I don’t expect anything good from this, even if it has fan favorites Lauren Graham and Adam Pally.
Denial – A well told true story about the court battle between writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt and outspoken Holocaust denier David Irving when he launched a libel lawsuit against her in the UK. Really great performances, especially from Timothy Spall as Irving, one that could get him some awards attention. I also couldn’t help but think that Rachel Weisz looks like Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
Two Lovers And A Bear – This little Canadian film will not find a large audience but I found it really interesting. Two very damaged young people, played by Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, living the Arctic find solace with each other, against their own self-destructive natures. When one of them get an opportunity to leave the town for something better, the other one starts to tumble fast into despair. Again, I liked it, but not a lot of others will.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is a one I call “Warner Bros. Wants Your Money! (Greedy Bastards)”.
7:30 PM Storks
9:15 PM Sully
11:00 Suicide Squad
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday is the second midnight screening of the Vancouver International Film Festival, which you can buy tickets for right now!