Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 12-14, 2016

How much can an R-rated film, especially a comic book movie, do at the weekend box office? We’re about to find out. While How to Be Single will be interesting counterprogramming and could do quite well, Zoolander 2 appeals to a somewhat similar demographic as Deadpool and I doubt such a long span between releases will be that effective.

Our Highest Rated Films: Deadpool, Of Mind and Music, Where to Invade Next
Our Best Awards Ratings: Deadpool (Oscars), Zoolander 2 (Razzies), Touched with Fire (Critics)

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Providence

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 5-7, 2016

The Coens face off against Regency Zombies in this week’s box office competition. While the Coens haven’t always been the biggest box office draws, their current film is a star-studded comedy that should barely top the re-telling of Pride and Prejudice with zombies. I guess I should probably give more credence to the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, but it looks so dreadful that even die hard fans of the genre will probably stay away.

Our Highest Rated Films: Hail, Caesar!
Our Best Awards Ratings: Hail, Caesar! (Oscars)

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I Knew Her Well

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 29-31, 2016

Kung Fu Panda and its first sequel were hits. I see no reason to believe that it won’t happen again. This week’s two other wide releases don’t convince me they can top the Panda. While the spoof genre has had some success with mainstream audiences, as have disaster films, these two films just don’t seem like the broadly-appealing titles that would take down a film whose second part took in $47 million on opening weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: Kung Fu Panda & 2016 Oscar-Nominated Shorts
Our Best Awards Ratings: Kung Fu Panda (Oscars)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 22-24, 2016

It’s hard to tell what the hit of the weekend will be. The 5th Wave has a built-in audience, but Dirty Grandpa breaks a long span lacking in comedy. I’m going to give the edge to 5th Wave because it tickles the alien invasion concept that has been quite popular in the past.

Our Highest Rated Films: Aferim!, Synchronicity, The 5th Wave
Our Best Awards Ratings: Dirty Grandpa (Razzies), Monster Hunt (Oscars)

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Monkey Up

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 15-17, 2016

Michael Bay has a way with bringing people to the theater even if their tastes aren’t the greatest. This should appeal to the same crowd that made American Sniper a hit, but probably to a much smaller degree.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Benefactor, A Perfect Day
Our Best Awards Ratings: 13 Hours (Razzies)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 8-10, 2016

There are only two new releases this weekend and one of them’s a horror film, which should be enough to make it the top of the two. The weekend will surely be dominated by holdovers otherwise.

Our Highest Rated Film: The Treasure
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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Expanding: The Revenant (Previously Reviewed in Looking at the Weekend)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 1-3, 2016

There are no new wide releases this weekend, so Star Wars: The Force Awakens will continue to dominate. Of the new releases at the specialty box office, Anomalisa will tower over newcomer Yosemite and possibly over all others in that marketplace.

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

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Devil and Angel

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 25-27, 2015

Counter-programming is the name of the weekend. With Christmas falling on a Friday, the box office for the second weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be record-breaking. Each of this week’s new releases will find that an unfortunate thing since they’ll each be trying to conquer holiday audiences with Joy, Concussion and Daddy’s Home fighting for second place. Point Break will struggle to make the top ten. I’m giving the edge to the best counter-programming: Daddy’s Home, the only comedy of the bunch in a sea of unsuccessful comedies. Of course, Joy may have a leg-up on Daddy’s Home simply because of its lead.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Hateful Eight, 45 Years
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Revenant (Oscars), 45 Years (Oscars), The Hateful Eight (Oscars)

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Expanding: The Big Short (Previously Reviewed in Looking at the Weekend)

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 18-20, 2015

Perhaps outgrossing all other films in release this weekend, the rebirth of the Star Wars franchise begins here. Will it end here? A disappointing box office or disappointed fans will point one way, “all is forgiven” shouts will push it in the other direction.

Our Highest Rated Films: Son of Saul, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Our Best Awards Ratings: Son of Saul (Oscars), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Oscars)

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 11-13, 2015

Another weekend lacking in new releases. A new box office champion will be crowned as In the Heart of the Sea will be the top new release even if it’s a box office dud, which is also possible.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Big Short
Our Best Awards Ratings: In the Heart of the Sea (Oscars), The Big Short (Oscars)

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Legend (Previously Reviewed in Looking at the Weekend)

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 4-6, 2015

As usual, the post-Thanksgiving weekend is a dumping ground for wide releases no one expects much of. Krampus is the only wide release and it won’ likely trounce the latest weekends for Hunger Games, Good Dinosaur, Creed or possibly even Spectre.

Our Highest Rated Films: Chi-Raq, Macbeth, Youth
Our Best Awards Ratings: Macbeth (Oscars), Youth (Oscars), Christmas Eve (Razzies)

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 26-29, 2015

Who will triumph, the dinosaur or the boxer? While both may come in second to Katniss Everdeen and the second weekend of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the top new release will either be Pixar’s second film this year or Sylvester Stallone’s latest Rocky franchise feature. I’m giving the edge to Pixar simply because of its history, but Creed could do pretty well for itself.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Good Dinosaur, The Danish Girl
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Danish Girl (Oscars), The Good Dinosaur (Oscars)

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Janis: Little Girl Blue

Killing Them Safely

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 20-22, 2015

The final film of The Hunger Games franchise will wipe the floor with the competition and will remain the dominant player at the box office until Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in December. It will be a hefty Thanksgiving holiday for the film, which is hoping to surpass its second chapter as the most successful. The Night Before and Secret in Their Eyes will easily pale in comparison, but should do decent business in next week’s holiday frame.

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

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On War (Previewed on Cinema Sight)

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 13-15, 2015

It’s too early for Christmas movies, but it’s possible Love the Coopers does the best business of any new film this week. However, look out for The 33, which seeks to tap into the rarely-targeted U.S. Hispanics.

Our Highest Rated Films: The 33 & Kilo Two Bravo
Our Best Awards Ratings: By the Sea (Golden Globes)

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Hot Sugar’s Cold World

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Paranoid Girls

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 6-8, 2015

This weekend it’s James Bond versus Charlie Brown, a combat no one ever would have thought would take place. James Bond has the edge simply because it’s a huge, long-legged franchise and The Peanuts Movie may have kid appeal and legions of adult fans, but it just doesn’t sound like an out-of-the-gate blockbuster.

Our Highest Rated Films: Spotlight & Brooklyn
Our Best Awards Ratings: Spotlight (Oscars) & Brooklyn (Oscars)

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In Jackson Heights

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

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