Category: Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 28-30, 2017

Emma Watson has a chance to make a splash on the big screen for the second time this year with her lead role in an adaptation of the popular futuristic novel The Circle. Apart from the third week of The Fate of the Furious, there isn’t much competing against The Circle. Fellow release How to Be a Latin Lover isn’t the kind of movie that tops box office charts.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Circle
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Circle (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Below Her Mouth
Grey Lady
The King’s Case Note
The Promise (Expanding) (Read our Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 21-23, 2017

Five films release this weekend in hopes of picking up some scraps during The Fate of the Furious‘ guaranteed second week at the top of the box office. Among these, Unforgettable has the most potential for broad appeal. Free Fire is too niche, Phoenix Forgotten is being dragged down by a late and weak marketing campaign, and The Promise is trying to avoid the more lucrative and appropriate platform release to head wide at the start. As such, the pulpy Unforgettable should pick up the most business, though it won’t even come close to holding a candle next to Furious.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, Free Fire, The Promise
Our Best Awards Ratings: Free Fire (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Lost City of Z (Expanding) (Read our Looking at the Weekend Coverage here)
Born in China
Citizen Jane
The Penguin Counters

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 14-16, 2017

Apart from the third film, which opened below the second, each new The Fast & the Furious franchise entry has outperformed the previous in terms of opening weekend. The first film beats the second and third in terms of overall box office, but it largely holds true there as well. The seventh film earned $147 million. This entry will either improve on that, which seems like a stretch, or will do worse, but still top the sixth film’s $97 million. That said, it’s clear the film will earn the top spot at the box office as there is no other competition.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Lost City of Z, A Quiet Passion
Our Best Awards Ratings: A Quiet Passion (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Gifted (Expanding) (Previous Article)
7 Witches
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
Finding Oscar
Jeremiah Tower
Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 7-9, 2017

The Boss Baby is proof you can never count out animated films to produce strong box office results. Having one come out so close to another might prove fatal, but the other two new releases don’t sound like they’ll be much competition for Smurfs: The Lost Village or holdovers Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast, a film that might jut rebound to #1.

Our Highest Rated Films: Your Name., Their Finest
Our Best Awards Ratings: Gifted (Critics)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Alive and Kicking
The Eyes
Graduation
Truman

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017

Although the reviews aren’t great, The Boss Baby is likely to be the week’s top newcomer, though Beauty and the Beast will still top the charts.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Zookeeper’s Wife
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Boss Baby (Razzies/Oscars), The Zookeeper’s Wife (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

God Knows Where I Am
Naam Shabana

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 24-26, 2017

What will the audience be in the mood for, other than a second weekend of Beauty and the Beast? You have two films built of television series and a new sci-fi drama starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Normally, it wouldn’t be a contest, but the Power Rangers are still immensely popular after all these years and CHiPs promises stupid comedy that has shown a tenacity at the box office. My prediction is that CHiPs crashes and burns while Power Rangers debuts fairly well, but Life will perform better than anyone expected.

Our Highest Rated Films: Life
Our Best Awards Ratings: Life (Oscars), The Leveling (Critics)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

I Called Him Morgan
Phillauri
Slamma Jamma

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 17-19, 2017

In 1991, Disney’s animated renaissance went into overdrive with Beauty and the Beast, which grossed more than $300 million at the box office (adjusted for inflation), and became the first animated film in history to earn a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. The film received six total nominations, winning two for Original Song for the title track and Original Score. Three years later, Disney brought the film to the Broadway stage yielding over 5,400 performances over a 13-year span and winning one of its nine Tony Award nominations for Costume Design. Ten years after leaving the Broadway stage and 26 years after the original graced the big screen for the first time, a live-action adaptation has arrived directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon and starring Harry Potter alum Emma Watson and former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens among others. There is little doubt that the film will triumph over the weekend, but how big it becomes is the question on everyone’s mind and huge might be just too small a word for it.

Our Highest Rated Films: Beauty and the Beast
Our Best Awards Ratings: Beauty and the Beast (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Burn Your Maps

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 10-12, 2017

One new wide release this week will battle Logan for the box office crown. All signs point to a strong debut for Kong: Skull Island, so we’ll have to see whether Logantakes a huge drop or is a solid hold over. Ultimately, I think Kong has the edge.

Our Highest Rated Films: Kong: Skull Island, The Ottoman Lieutenant, The Sense of an Ending
Our Best Awards Ratings: Kong: Skull Island (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Badrinath Ki Dulhania
The Dark Below
My Scientology Movie

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 3-5, 2017

It will be an easy win for Logan at the box office. The X-Men franchise has done well with opening weekends and the other new releases don’t look like the kinds of movies that become big enough hits to take it down.

Our Highest Rated Films: Logan
Our Best Awards Ratings: None with significant results.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Contemporary Color
The Freedom to Marry
My Scientology Movie

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 24-26, 2017

Horror hasn’t had much of an easy time at the box office recently and has been largely absent. That changes this weekend with the first new horror film in some time and one that has critics raving. Get Out is in a solid position to best the week’s two other releases, but never underestimate families wanting to see animation, even if it isn’t any good.

Our Highest Rated Films: Get Out
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

My Life as a Zucchini
Year by the Sea

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 17-19, 2017

This may end up being a very unusual weekend. There’s little doubt The Lego Batman Movie will have a solid holdover and might hold onto the top spot at the box office, but Fist Fight could be stiff competition. This is the right time of year for comedies like it, which may give it a boost as it competes against two other new releases, A Cure for Wellness, which isn’t likely to be a big box office draw, and The Great Wall, which may sport box office magnet Matt Damon, but it’s a genre that seldom does well at the box office. It could outperform expectations, though, which is why the weekend is so tough to predict.

Our Highest Rated Films: Land of Mine, A Cure for Wellness
Our Best Awards Ratings: Land of Mine (already nominated for an Oscar)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Irada
Running Shaadi

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 10-12, 2017

Two vastly different demographics form the basis of this weekend’s race for the top of the box office. On the adult-only side of things, Fifty Shades Darker hopes to replicate its predecessor’s success when it opened two years ago to $85 million and topped out at $166 million. On the other end of the spectrum is The Lego Movie, a kid-friendly animated feature. While it certainly wants to do at least the business of The Lego Movie three years ago, which opened to $69 million and finished its run with $257 million, it hopes that the added effort of making this a sole-Batman production that they can hit up the opening weekends closer to The Dark Knight movies, the latter two of which opened to over $150 million before topping $400 million each. That may be a tough task and it will take an opening approaching $100 million to best Fifty Shades Darker if it lives up to expectations, so the competition will be fierce. Ultimately, I think Fifty Shades may miss its predecessor’s mark while Lego Batman handily tops its and wins the weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Lego Batman Movie
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Lego Batman Movie (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Duckweed
Jolly LLB 2
Kedi
Stray Bullets

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 3-5, 2017

The horror rebirth of the Ring franchise should be able to top the box office, but The Space Between Us could draw enough teens to the theater to give it a run for its money.

Our Highest Rated Films: Growing Up Smith
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

I Am Not Your Negro
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance
The Trouble with Terkel

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 27-29, 2017

It could be another week at the top of the charts for Split as this weekend’s new releases don’t seem like they’ll have a lot of teeth. Fighting it out for the top of the new releases will be A Dog’s Purpose and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter with Gold opening low in the top ten or out of it altogether. I give the edge to the more family-friendly A Dog’s Purpose, though the PETA-fueled controversy over a single incident during the film’s production months ago was brought forward at the last minute to try and torpedo the film. The film’s writer and producer both took the video to task for its delay and attempted to explain the situation, but it may be too late and if the film under performs, it will be thanks in large part to that.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Salesman
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Salesman (Oscar-nominated on Tuesday)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Buddies in India
Emily
Raees
Speed Sisters

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 20-22, 2017

We’ll have a new film to crown #1 at the weekend box office with xXx: Return of Xander Cage beating Split out for the mantle.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Red Turtle, Staying Vertical
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Red Turtle (Oscars), The Founder (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

20th Century Women (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)
The Sunshine Makers

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