Category: Looking at the Weekend

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

Three potential box office toppers release this weekend and, once again, Marvel appears to be likely to win it all. Mortal Engines is the latest attempt to building a major young adult dystopian cinematic franchise. Few have succeeded and while this one seems bolder and more effects-heavy than prior versions, it still looks to be the kind of film that disappoints and nosedives after the weekend. The Mule is the latest attempt by Clint Eastwood to remain relevant as a viable director. The film has been labeled as minor and while Eastwood has been a draw in the past, does anyone really want to see a dour movie about an old man smuggling drugs for the sake of his estranged family? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the latest Sony attempt to make something out of its Spider-Man property and all appearances suggest that they’ve finally hit on something spectacular. It’s won numerous awards for Best Animated Feature and appears to be in the running for an Oscar nomination, and possibly even a win. That plus the animated component make this a very serious threat to box office dominance. Especially with nothing else in sight.

Our Highest Rated Films: If Beale Street Could Talk; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Our Best Awards Ratings: If Beale Street Could Talk; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Capernaum

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Wedding

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

Since there are no new wide releases this weekend, it’s hard to know exactly which of the four new limited releases will perform best. All of them have potential, though the two bigger Oscar contenders are most likely to shine. Mary Queen of Scots is bigger and bolder than Ben Is Back, but the latter stars Julia Roberts, which could make things a wash. I’m going with instinct here to suggest Mary Queen of Scots since that film seems to have a much larger Oscar profile, but I could be surprised.

Our Highest Rated Films: Mary Queen of Scots
Our Best Awards Ratings: Mary Queen of Scots, Ben Is Back, Vox Lux

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Central Park
The Charmer
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
Swimming with Men

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018

The post-Thanksgiving weekend is always a quiet one where the turkey day champs make another weekend of lots of money. The only newcomer will be The Possession of Hannah Grace, a film that is way outside of its customary programming window, so it probably won’t top any of the major holdovers.

Our Highest Rated Films: Anna and the Apocalypse, Sicilian Ghost Story
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 23-25, 2018

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is always an interesting one. With several prominent holdovers and three major new films, there should be a flood of business this week. While the second week of Fantastic Beasts should be decent, it won’t be enough to top any of the three other releases. Likely placing third place this weekend, Robin Hood can look to 2010’s version for guidance on how well it can perform. With $36 million, the Russell Crowe-starrer opened strong, but there isn’t that level of talent at the top, nor behind the camera. Fighting for second with Robin Hood, but likely coming in second, Creed II hopes to best the weekend numbers for its predecessor, which opened to $29 million three years ago. Residual love should help this film, rise above the retelling of Robin Hood for a second place finish. At the top of the weekend box office, though, should be Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to its $189 million 2012 hit, which opened to $49 million that year. With competition only from Fantastic Beasts, I suspect it could top its predecessor as well, giving it a fairly wide berth to the number one position.

Our Highest Rated Films: Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Favourite
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Favourite (Oscars), Ralph Breaks the Internet (Oscars), Shoplifters (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The World Before Your Feet

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 16-18, 2018

The previous film opened to $74 million two years ago on its way to $234 million. It was the lowest tally both for the Wizarding World films, but also the lowest opening. That doesn’t mean that this second film will underperform as well. Although the new series is not based on books that were wildly popular, the first film might have been an opportunity to whet the appetites of Harry Potter fans who may just turn out in stronger numbers for the second film. Unfortunately, the second film of the Harry Potter series did underperform the original and came in well below. However, it was also the fourth best inflation-adjusted numbers of the series. I suspect this film will fall right around the same tally for opening weekend and possibly slightly higher for its full-run tally. There is no other competition for number one this year.

Our Highest Rated Films: Widows, Green Book
Our Best Awards Ratings: Green Book (Oscars), At Eternity’s Gate (Oscars), Widows (Oscars), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Heart, Baby!
The Last Race
Team Khan

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 9-11, 2018

For the second weekend of November, a trio of potential box office champions are releasing with only one of those seeming to be a likely chart topper. Likely coming in third behind the second weekend of Bohemian Rhapsody, The Girl in the Spider’s Web changes directors and cast and skips book to present a new Lisbeth Salander movie. While fans of the book series will probably have no problem giving it a go, those who were fans of the David Fincher version will likely be disappointed. That gives J.J. Abrams-produced Overlord a chance to make a run for third at the box office this weekend. The film doesn’t feel like the kind of movie that excels at the box office, but it’s different enough from everything else out there, it could be a success. The third film, however, is probably going to take the box office crown. The creators of the Despicable Me series take on Dr. Seuss’ most legendary characters, The Grinch. This animated feature fills a void at the box office for animated films and should do quite well, topping Bohemian Rhapsody after its 55% drop-off.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Front Runner
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Grinch (Oscars); The Front Runner (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Narcissister Organ Player
Weightless

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 2-4, 2018

There are two films with potential for topping the box office. The first is the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. One of the most celebrated and popular bands might prove a strong draw at the box office, but the film hasn’t gotten a lot of great reviews so far, suggesting that it won’t be as crowd-pleasing as it could be. The other is Disney’s latest fantasia, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The heavily hyped and advertised film has all the makings of a big box office draw for families who have had few opportunities to get to the cinema so far this year. I believe it will be an easy win for the film.

Our Highest Rated Films: Boy Erased, A Private War
Our Best Awards Ratings: Boy Erased (Oscars), The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Oscars), Bohemian Rhapsody (Oscars), A Private War (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

In Harm’s Way
In Search of Greatness
Maria by Callas
Searching for Ingmar Bergman
Beautiful Boy (Expanding)
Suspiria (Expanding)

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 26-28, 2018

Although Johnny English Strikes Again was originally slated as a wide release, it’s opening on 500 screens, which is limited. That leaves Hunter Killer to fight for number one against the second weekend (and weekend before Halloween) for Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween. While horror usually drops precipitously in its second weekend, a $30 million weekend will still likely top Hunter Killer, which doesn’t look like a blockbuster in the making.

Our Highest Rated Films: Burning; Suspiria
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Border
The Long Shadow
Monrovia, Indiana

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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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