Category: Looking at the Weekend

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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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 13-15, 2016

The horror genre hasn’t had a major player at the box office in some time and with Star Wars fading fast, The Bye Bye Man could top the box office. Watch out, though, for Hidden Figures, which proved quite a draw coming in second for the weekend and building buzz; and La La Land, which after its 7-award dominance at the Golden Globes, is sure to expand and pick up a lot of interest.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Book of Love
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Live by Night (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)
Patriots Day (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)
Silence (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 6-8, 2017

Each outing of the Underworld series has opened to over $20 million, ranging from just barely over for the 2009 outing to $26 million for the second in 2006. The last film to release at the box office was 5 years ago to the tune of $25 million. Five years is a long time, but it should make close to that this time around. It has little competition. The big question is whether or not Star Wars will repeat. It’s likely it can since the $49 million it took in last weekend was a scant 22% drop from a holiday weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: I, Daniel Blake
Our Best Awards Ratings: I, Daniel Blake (Critics/Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Accidental Courtesy
A Different American Dream
German Concentration Camps Factual Survey
Hidden Figures (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)
A Monster Calls (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 30, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017

Of the new limited releases, Hidden Figures has the best chance of becoming a hit outside of the specialty box office, thus it gets my prediction for top new release.

Our Highest Rated Films: Hidden Figures, Toni Erdmann
Our Best Awards Ratings: Toni Erdmann (Oscars); Hidden Figures (Oscars); 20th Century Women (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 23-25, 2016

It’s going to be a fascinating weekend. With Rogue One likely to take the top spot for a second week, second place is up for grabs and I think the favorite would have to be Sing, which is the first major animated film in weeks and the Christmas holiday is a perfect release window. Passengers could be stiff competition, but both Why Him? and Assassin’s Creed will be lucky to finish in the top five.

Our Highest Rated Films: Sing; A Monster Calls; Julieta
Our Best Awards Ratings: Silence (Oscars); Sing (Oscars); A Monster Calls (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Dangal

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 16-18, 2016

The film that will be the top box office draw this week and likely every weekend through the end of the year and into next year, Rogue One is guaranteed the top spot. The only question is how well Collateral Beauty can do against a film of superior box office clout.

Our Highest Rated Films: Rogue One; Fences; Neruda
Our Best Awards Ratings: Fences (Oscars); Rogue One (Oscars); Neruda (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Bad Kids
The Grace of Jake
The Wasted Times
Manchester by the Sea (Expanding) (Read our thoughts on this film in our original Looking at the Weekend post.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 9-11, 2016

Another weekend with only one major new release. Office Christmas Party will be that top release and, depending on how its popularity shakes out, it could top Moana in its third weekend, but it might be close. A separate note: this is the first time in my memory (not entirely reliable) that a film has earned perfect tens from our contributors for both personal viewing rating and Oscar rating.

Our Highest Rated Films: La La Land
Our Best Awards Ratings: La La Land (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Befikre
Harry Benson: Shoot First
Miss Sloane (Expanding) (see our original preview here)

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 2-4, 2016

There’s nothing much on the new movie front this week, with an under-advertised horror flick taking on the post-Thanksgiving weekend slate that is sure to be dominated by holdovers. (NOTE: Tripp had an unexpected delay, so we’ve added his ratings and commentary below)

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Believe
Best and Most Beautiful Things
The Eyes of My Mother (previewed in a this Looking at the Weekend article)
In Her Name

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