Category: Looking at the Weekend

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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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 23-27, 2016

If it weren’t for Disney’s Moana, there might be an interesting competition here between Allied, Bad Santa 2, and Rules Don’t Apply. Ultimately, though, they’ll all be crushed by Moana. I’d say that Bad Santa 2, being so far removed from its predecessor and Rules Don’t Apply not looking like a typical blockbuster, only Allied truly has a chance to shine over this Thanksgiving holiday.

Our Highest Rated Films: Moana, Lion, Miss Sloane
Our Best Awards Ratings: Moana (Oscars), Lion (Oscars), Miss Sloane (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Loving (Expanding) (see our Looking at the Weekend Preview for this film)
Nocturnal Animals (Expanding) (see our Looking at the Weekend Preview for this film)
Dea Zindagi
Mifune: The Last Samurai

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 18-20, 2016

The Harry Potter franchise is one of the most successful in film history, making its prequel (of sorts), a likely box office success. While the film may not perform quite up to that series’ best films, it will still do amazingly well and easily top the box office for the weekend. None of the other titles will even come close. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Thomas submitted his ratings and commentary for the last three films on this list after publication. These entries have now been updated to reflect this.)

Our Highest Rated Films: Manchester by the Sea, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Nocturnal Animals
Our Best Awards Ratings: Manchester by the Sea (Oscars), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Magnus
Until Forever
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Limited) (Previewed Previously, Click Here)

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 11-13, 2016

Sci-fi spectacles tend to be big box office draws and I see no reason why this won’t be the same. The key question is whether Arrival can top Doctor Strange‘s second weekend. It will be close, but ultimately Arrival should be able to eke out a narrow victory.

Our Highest Rated Films: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; Arrival
Our Best Awards Ratings: Arrival (Oscars); Bill Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Oscars); Elle (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Anthropologist
National Bird
Seasons

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 4-6, 2016

Every single Marvel Cinematic Universe entry has debuted at number one at the box office. Further, only three titles haven’t held the spot for at least two weeks (one of those returned to number one in its fourth weekend and stayed there for a record three more weeks). As such, there is no way that Doctor Strange doesn’t end up at number one. Of course, considering its competition, that seems like a foregone conclusion even without historical data. Trolls and its chipper style should easily fall in line in the second position, but Mel Gibson’s “return to grace” Hacksaw Ridge is the weekend’s big question mark. If it’s a box office hit, it will placate his fans and push the film into Oscar consideration. If it’s a bomb, there’s little hope for Gibson or his Oscar potential.

Our Highest Rated Films: Doctor Strange, Loving
Our Best Awards Ratings: Loving (Oscars), Doctor Strange (Oscars), Hacksaw Ridge (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Don’t Call Me Son
The Eagle Huntress
Peter and the Farm

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 28-30, 2016

It’s rather strange for a film like Inferno to find itself without competition. That makes it the only choice to be number one of all new releases. So, will it surpass the second weekends of Boo! A Madea Halloween and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. It’s very likely. The first film opened to $77 million and the second to $46 million. I suspect this outing will be lower than both, but Madea ended up on top last weekend with $28 million, even a modest slide won’t be enough to match what Inferno could take at minimum.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Gimme Danger
Mr. Donkey
Oasis: Supersonic
Recovery

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 21-23, 2016

Tom Cruise is still a big draw at the box office and the previous film in this series was popular enough they made a sequel. Compared to the other releases, it’s likely an easy victory will await Jack Reacher. Boo! A Madea Halloween could give it a run for its money, as could the pre-Halloween horror release Ouija: Origin of Evil. Keeping Up with the Joneses could be a sleeper, but I don’t think there’s been sufficient advertising for that to occur. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Thomas submitted his commentary after publication. This information has been updated, including the rating averages.)

Our Highest Rated Films: Moonlight, The Handmaiden
Our Best Awards Ratings: Moonlight (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Fire at Sea
We Are X

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 14-16, 2016

Ben Affleck’s espionage-style actioner should be able to topple the teen-targeted superhero drama at the weekend box office. Whether The Accountant can also beat the second weekend of The Girl on the Train is uncertain.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Accountant, Certain Women
Our Best Awards Ratings: Miss Hokusai (Oscars), Certain Women (Oscars/Critics)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Kevin Hart: What Now?
Christine
La Leyenda del Chupacabras
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
Shadow World

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 7-9, 2016

Will controversy spoil Nat Turner? That’s the big question as one of the year’s most talked-about, but most controversial films opens at the multiplex. While the controversy isn’t like to keep its target audience away, the advertising has been minimal and the subject matter isn’t your typical blockbuster material. That’s why I give the edge to Emily Blunt’s thriller The Girl on the Train. Based on a popular novel, Blunt has become a reliable actress at the box office, which could give the film just the boost it needs to come in tops for the week.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Girl on the Train, The Birth of a Nation, Being 17
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Birth of a Nation (Oscars), The Girl on the Train (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Asura: The City of Madness
Mirzya
Torchbearer
Voiceless
Voyage of Time

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 30-Oct. 2, 2016

The weekend should be a win for the box office. With Deepwater Horizon and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hoping to do big dollars in an environment that hasn’t seen either type of film in some time. To a lesser extent, Masterminds does the same thing. This could be a strong weekend with Deepwater Horizon, but Miss Peregrine could be a spoiler.

Our Highest Rated Films: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Denial, A Man Called Ove
Our Best Awards Ratings: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Deepwater Horizon

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Among the Believers
Clinton, Inc.
Danny Says
Do Not Resist
Harry & Snowman
I Belonged to You
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Operation MeKong

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