The box office expectations of two threequels were dashed this weekend as the Tom Hanks film Sully took a second weekend at number one with $21.7 million. Far below that, in second place, was Blair Witch, underwhelming with only $9.6 and Bridget Jones was a million behind it, in third with $8.6. Snowden also had a very quiet opening, just earning $8 for fourth place and Don’t Breathe hangs around in fifth with $5.6 million.
Just four movies hitting theatres this week, two in wide release that will definitely land in the top five, a for sure coming out as box office champion:
The Magnificent Seven – The internet was screaming about this remake even though this Akira Kurosawa story has been done over ten times before, including a Pixar version. The film has a great cast, including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’onofrio under the direction of Antoine Fuqua, definitely a reunion for him, Washington and Hawke, who made Training Day together. Also, Denzel hasn’t made a film that has flopped in his entire career. Actually, neither has Chris Pratt….
Storks – Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors writer and director Nicholas Stoller tries his hand at making an animated film with this cute film about storks moving away from baby delivery. This film succeeds with easy jokes and hilarious voice work from the star Andy Samberg, actually surprising me. The movie boasts that it’s from the studio that did The LEGO Movie and, while it’s nowhere near as good, it’s still very entertaining.
Finding Altamira – This historical biopic follows a man in Spain in the late 1800s. His life and work are smeared by the Catholic church when he discovers ancient paintings in an underground cave he discovers. Banderas brings his usual gravitas but this film is a melodramatic mess from the 80-year-old filmmaker of Chariots Of Fire.
The Dressmaker – Oscar winner Kate Winslet teams with P.J. Hogan, the man behind Muriel’s Wedding and other films, to bring this story of a femme fatale who returns to her small Australian hometown to care for her sick mother. The film also features other Australian staples like Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving, doing very well in its initial run in that country.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s double header is one I call “An Odd Pairing Of Films”
7:30 PM The Magnificent Seven
9:50 PM Don’t Breathe
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday at the Rio Theatre it’s a revisit of my teenage years, where I snuck into this NC-17 rated Paul Verhoeven cult classic, Showgirls. Yes, Jessie Spano herself, Elizabeth Berkley struts her stuff, strips, makes out with both Gina Gershon and Kyle McLachlan! Some call this a horrible mess, some call it a masterpiece. Judge for yourself when this hits the screen at 11:55pm!
Blu-Ray: Point Grey’s boy Seth Rogen in the sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the “much better than it’s predecessor” sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, the math-driven biopic, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Matthew McConaughey in the lackluster Civil War film, Free State Of Jones and Adrian Brody in the mystery thriller, Manhattan Night.