Category: Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 19-21, 2018

With a single wide release this weekend, it won’t surprise anyone that it takes the top spot. Of course, even if it had been facing off against other films, it would likely have trounced them all as Halloween bringing Jamie Lee Curtis back is a shrewd and potentially lucrative move.

Our Highest Rated Films: Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Halloween
Our Best Awards Ratings: Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Wildlife

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Hate U Give (Expanding)
The Old Man and the Gun (Expanding)
The Advocates
Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story,
On Her Shoulders
The Price of Everything

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 12-14, 2018

Three films in release and three films that could be solid performers at the box office. Goosebumps 2 is the sequel no one asked for, so I suspect it won’t come close to the top, possibly not even the top 5. That pits Bad Times at the El Royale, a stylish noir thriller against Damien Chazelle’s La La Land follow up about Neil Armstrong and the U.S. space race to put him on the moon. Early reviews are excellent, though there’s already been manufactured negativity towards the film because of its seeming lack of patriotic symbolry (specifically, the American flag). Ultimately, it will be for naught as the film is likely to do incredibly well in its opening weekend. El Royale may suffer a fate similar to Hotel Artemis as hyper-stylized violent films aren’t exactly hugely popular right now.

Our Highest Rated Films: First Man, Bad Times at the El Royale
Our Best Awards Ratings: First Man, Beautiful Boy

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer
Jane and Emma

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 5-7, 2018

The battle for the top spot at the box office is going to be fierce, but a comic book adaptation is far more likely to top it than a romantic drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. That said, both films will do incredibly good box office respectively. Venom is the first antihero in the Sony expanded Marvel universe to get his own film. While the film was initially meant to be R-Rated, it’s been scaled back to PG-13, which means more audiences can watch it legally. That said, it may come as a disappointment to those who expect something a bit bolder from a character like Venom. On the other side of the coin is the fourth film to carry the title A Star Is Born. Cooper steps behind the camera as well as in front of it alongside one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. That combination, with all of the stellar reviews, should bolster its box office quite high for opening weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: A Star Is Born
Our Best Awards Ratings: A Star Is Born (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Over the Limit
Studio 54

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 28-30, 2018

First place will be something of a fight this week as two films have a lot of potential for box office dominance. Night School features Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in a comedy that plays to their strengths. Smallfoot is the first animated feature in some time, which means families will likely flock to it. I suspect that, in the end, Smallfoot will come out on top.

Our Highest Rated Films: Monsters and Men; The Old Man and the Gun
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Old Man and the Gun (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Bad Reputation
Black 47
Free Solo
Trico Tri Happy Halloween

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 21-23, 2018

With so few kid-targeted adventures this year, the presence of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett should elevate the film’s chances to a solid opening weekend and definitely a presence at the top of the box office. Life Itself won’t be much competition, but Fahrenheit 11/9 could be a surprisingly strong documentary performer. After all, Michael Moore’s similarly titled Fahrenheit 9/11 was one of the most popular documentaries in cinema history.

Our Highest Rated Films: Fahrenheit 11/9; Colette; The House with a Clock In Its Walls; The Sisters Brothers
Our Best Awards Ratings: Fahrenheit 11/9 (Oscars); Colette (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
Love, Gilda
The Pagan King
Tea with the Dames

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 14-16, 2018

With so little to really call blockbuster material, the reboot of the alien sci-fi action feature Predator makes its way to the big screen and should do well despite the prior films barely making little at the box office. There isn’t a lot of competition as the second weekend of The Nun is surely to drop the customary 50% to 65% giving plenty of wiggle room for Predator, which has little competition from the likes of A Simple Favor and White Boy Rick, but could face an unexpected challenge from Christian-targeted Unbroken: Path to Redemption, the sequel to, but utterly disconnected from, Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

American Chaos
American Deep State
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
Armed
The Dawn Well
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
He’s Out There
Letter From Masanjia
MDMA
The Riot Act
Science Fair
A Wizard’s Tale

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 7-9, 2018

As we move into the fall, the limited releases are going to get more prestigious and the wide releases are going to be either Halloween or holiday-themed. This weekend, we have one such film competing with a film that’s typically seen early in the year and the competition isn’t going to be very strong. Taking the top of this weekend’s box office is likely to be The Conjuring prequel The Nun, a supernatural horror film that promises to drawn in fans of the series even if the premise is starting to get a bit well worn. There’s at least some variety here compared to the Saw and Paranormal Activity films that once dominated cineplexes. Fighting for third place behind the fourth weekend of Crazy Rich Asians will be Peppermint, a revenge drama that looks a bit like The Equalizer crossed with Jodie Foster’s The Brave One.

Our Highest Rated Films: Peppermint
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

God Bless the Broken Road (Wide)
Bisbee ’17
Great Great Great
Hal
I Am Not a Witch
School of Life

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 31-Sep. 2, 2018

Labor Day weekend is one of the worst attended weekends of every year and this looks to be no exception. Holdover Crazy Rich Asians is likely to top the charts for a third week while Kin will struggle to make money. Operation Finale might be a surprisingly strong choice for the weekend as it’s unlikely to appeal to the demographic that typically abandons this particular weekend and might draw those who don’t have any reason to celebrate the final weekend of the summer.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Little Stranger
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Searching (Expanding)
Active Measures
Pick of the Litter
Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 24-26, 2018

There isn’t a lot coming out this final full weekend of August, so the biggest hopes will hang on the R-rated puppet movie The Happytime Murders, which wants to be the breakout hit of the summer. Starring Melissa McCarthy in a world of Muppets beyond the happy-go-lucky word of Kermit and Company, this film hopes to pull back the seedy curtain and show the audience something they never thought they’d see: a raunchy Muppet movie. Of course, these aren’t officially “The Muppets,” but the implication is there and that may just be enough to draw a wide swath of curious audiences.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Bookshop, Papillon, Support the Girls
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Beautifully Broken

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 17-19, 2018

Hoping to become the sleeper hit of the Summer, hopes that mirror those of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Crazy Rich Asians already has the critical support to become a hit, it now just needs an audience. While I think it will handily come out on top for the weekend, it might face surprisingly fierce competition from Mark Wahlberg-starrer Mile 22 and prehistoric canine-and-boy adventure Alpha at the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: Crazy Rich Asians, The Wife
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Wife (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Billionaire Boys Club
Minding the Gap
A Whale of a Tale

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 10-12, 2018

Although it would be quite a treat for Spike Lee to storm the box office with BlacKkKlansman, the likelihood of the Conjuring prequel The Nun topping it is fairly high. Slender Man may struggle against more familiar horror competition while The Meg has disaster film written all over it and I’m not referring to its premise.

Our Highest Rated Films: BlacKkKlansman
Our Best Awards Ratings: BlacKkKlansman (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Skate Kitchen

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 3-5, 2018

This summer has been surprisingly bereft of comedies, but The Spy Who Dumped Me hopes to change that with an August opening that could end up being the traditional summer sleeper. It must contend against the non-Marvel/DC superhero drama Darkest Minds and the family-friendly Christopher Robin. It will be an interesting battle with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon having the best shot of coming out on top.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Darkest Minds
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Critics)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Eighth Grade (Expanding)
Death of a Nation
40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie
La Familia

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 27-29, 2018

With tepid debuts for last week’s openers, it’s certain that Mission: Impossible – Fallout will take the top spot at the box office. How high will it climb? The prior opened to $55 million on its way to $195 million. All of the prior films did well and with critics behind it, I see no reason the latest won’t top $200 million easily.

Our Highest Rated Films: Mission: Impossible – Fallout; Puzzle
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Blindspotting (Expanding)
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3
Scarred Hearts
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 20-22, 2018

It’s hard to know which has more fans: Denzel Washington and his extreme justice character in The Equalizer 2 or fans of Mamma Mia. The two films will go head to head for the box office crown with both posing a threat to win. I give the edge to Mamma Mia simply because it was the bigger success when it debuted. Of course, as the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding proved, second times aren’t always the best.

Our Highest Rated Films: Blindspotting
Our Best Awards Ratings: Blindspotting (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Far from the Tree
Generation Wealth
McQueen
Running for Grace
Teefa in Trouble

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 13-15, 2018

Two movies battle it out for superiority this weekend. One features a vampire looking for love while the other features a Rock looking for his loved ones. While the Hotel Transylvania films have been popular, popular enough to merit a third outing, I suspect that Dwayne Johnson’s box office muscles paired with a Die Hard-meets-Towering Inferno premise should help propel it to the top of the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: Eighth Grade
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Dark Money
Soorma

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