Category: Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 19-21, 2019

There isn’t a lot of competition, which makes the task of hitting number one at the box office all the more easy. That’s especially true when a supernatural horror flick like The Curse of La Llorona is releasing wide.

Our Highest Rated Films: Stuck; Penguins
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

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Kalank
Grass
Hagazussa
High on the Hog
Rafiki
Red Joan
Under the Silver Lake

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 12-14, 2019

The biggest question is whether Hellboy can overcome the inevitable bad reviews (the film wasn’t screened for critics) and top After, which will also have to overcome bad reviews. Could the likely poorly reviewed Little surprise everyone and win? The only other wide release this week could benefit from the collapse of the others thanks to its likely strong reviews (Laika’s always done well with critics). The others would have to crash with less than $15 million for that outcome though, as Laika, in spite of a stellar history with critics, has never managed to muster more than $17 million at the box office for opening weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: Missing Link
Our Best Awards Ratings: Missing Link

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Girls of the Sun

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 5-7, 2019

Two unstoppable forces meet on the battlefield of the weekend and we’ll soon find out which has a more important underlying demographic. On the one side, you have horror fans and Stephen King fans who turned It into a $327 million juggernaut with a $123 million opening weekend. On the other side you have DC comics fans who have made $100 million-plus openings de rigeur. What works against Shazam! is that the film only appears to be tangentially related to the Extended Universe and doesn’t connect to the Justice League in any certain way. Further, only two of the six films have topped the performance of It on opening weekend. Half of them have topped its overall run, though. Ultimately, Pet Sematary has a slight, built-in advantage in terms of opening weekends, though Shazam! being quite a bit more peppy and upbeat than its darker DCEU cousins could give it a chance, especially since Sematary wouldn’t be considered one of King’s more guaranteed potential hits. It will be an interesting comparison at the end of the weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: Shazam!, The Best of Enemies
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

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Amazing Grace
Billboard
Storm Boy
Suburban Birds
The Wind

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 29-31, 2019

Will Jordan Peele’s stellar $70 million debut be make it the only number one weekend for Us? Most likely as Disney’s latest live-action adaptation of its animated classics, Dumbo, flies its way into theaters with strong early word and the Tim Burton box office magic too bolster Disney’s own almost infallibility.

Our Highest Rated Films: Dumbo
Our Best Awards Ratings: Dumbo

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Notebook
Screwball
Trinity Seven: Heavens Library & Crimson Lord
Unplanned

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 22-24, 2019

There’s nothing else new coming out this weekend, so Get Out will definitely take the lead. The question is whether it can perform strongly enough to overcome the third weekend of Captain Marvel, which had a solid 55.7% drop from last weekend. With Jordan Peele’s last film taking in $33 million opening, it will be a fight between the two for the number one position and I suspect Us might have the upper hand as Peele’s popularity has only grown in the intervening two years.

Our Highest Rated Films: Us; Hotel Mumbai
Our Best Awards Ratings: Us

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 15-17, 2019

Against the second weekend of Captain Marvel, none of the weekend’s new releases have a chance of overtaking her. Of these three, two of them stand a chance of being the second-ranked film and the top new release. Wonder Park has the animation thing going for it, a genre that is family friendly and tends to draw audiences to the theater even if the films aren’t very good. That said, the dying teen romance Five Feet Apart could generate a large amount of business from the young adult crowd as the film, based on a novel, could prove the exception to the rule of recent similar openings. It will be hard fought, but in the end, I suspect Five Feet Apart will top the other two with Captive State struggling to break into the top 5 for the weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Aftermath; The Mustang
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

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Faith, Hope & Love
No Manches Frida 2

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 8-10, 2019

The number one film for at least two weeks will be Captain Marvel, the latest origin film from the Disney/Marvel universe. There’s little chance that it doesn’t do well, probably topping $100 million on opening weekend. The big question is whether or not the film can top Black Panther, the $700 million (U.S.) juggernaut of last year.

Our Highest Rated Films: Captain Marvel
Our Best Awards Ratings: Captain Marvel, Gloria Bell

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Ferrante Fever
The Sex Trip

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 1-3, 2019

There aren’t a lot of options this weekend, so Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film should have little trouble topping the charts or coming in second to the second weekend of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World more than likely.

Our Highest Rated Films: Transit, The Wedding Guest
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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Apollo 11
Climax
He Matado a mi Marido!
Virginia Minnesota

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 22-24, 2019

There’s only one new wide release and after a series of disappointing openings, the final How to Train Your Dragon film should rescue the box office this weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Our Best Awards Ratings: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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Prosecuting Evil
Total Dhamaal
Fighting with My Family (Expanding)

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 15-17, 2019

With The Lego Movie 2 underperforming, it makes next weekend ripe for a new number one film. Alita: Battle Angel may have the best chance simply because it has more advertising. That said, Isn’t It Romantic could be a surprise hit giving it the top spot. Happy Death Day 2U is a sequel to a film that wasn’t that big at the box office, so probably won’t do well in its second attempt.

Our Highest Rated Films: Isn’t It Romantic, Birds of Passage, Sorry Angel
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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Hotel by the River

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 8-10, 2019

After several weeks of meager offerings, we get no less than four wide releases, with one of them clearly the frontrunner for topping the box office chart. The Lego Movie 2 is the follow-up to the incredibly popular The Lego Movie, which opened five years ago to the tune of $69 million. It went on to make $257 million. It has since gained in popularity and should have no problem pulling in more than that topping all other releases.

Our Highest Rated Films: XXXX
Our Best Awards Ratings: XXXX

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Chokehold
Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 1-3, 2019

There’s only one choice this week for box office topper and Miss Bala might be it. Glass is already growing long in the tooth, so it’s next weekend should be small enough that Miss Bala, which doesn’t have a lot of strong box office prospects could come out on top.

Our Highest Rated Films: Arctic, The Wild Pear Tree
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekah Toh Aisa Laga
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 25-27, 2019

There aren’t a lot of good options this weekend, which suggests Glass may pick up a second week atop the chart. The Kid Who Would Be King is the only new release this week that could have a superb weekend or a tepid one and still come in second.

Our Highest Rated Films: Never Look Away
Our Best Awards Ratings: Never Look Away

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In Like Flynn
The Invisibles
Jihadists

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 18-20, 2019

The weekend sees one new wide release and it will handily top the box office. Glass is the third film in an unexpected trilogy from M. Night Shyamalan who, from all accounts, has gotten his groove back. Of course, digging back into his second-most popular feature was probably good idea for him.

Our Highest Rated Films: An Acceptable Loss; Adult Life Skills
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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The Heiresses

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 11-13, 2019

Of the new releases, two films are clearly in line for the chart topper position. A Dog’s Way Home is the latest canine-centric drama that could take the box office by storm. Unfortunately, it comes up against Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in the American remake of The Intouchables, which has all the makings of a number one film.

Our Highest Rated Films: Perfect Strangers
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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The Aspern Papers
On the Basis of Sex (Expanding)

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