Category: Looking at the Weekend

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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

Two of the hottest names at the box office, Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, headline the weekends surefire number one film: The Magnificent Seven based on the American remake of the Japanese classic The Seven Samurai, this film hopes to cash in on name recognition to solidify its monetary potential since the genre, western, hasn’t been that popular lately. It will have solid competition from Storks, the first viable family-targeted film at the box office since mid-August and the biggest potential money maker for animated films since The Secret Life of Pets in July.

Our Highest Rated Films: Queen of Katwe, The Dressmaker, Closet Monster
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Magnificent Seven (Oscars/Razzies), Queen of Katwe (Oscar)

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The Lovers and the Despots
The Ruins of Lifta

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

As we get closer to Halloween, horror flicks will become more over-present. This film seems to be leading the charge and, after such a lengthy gap, could become the weekend’s top film, though it will have to take down Sully first, which should be a strong holdover. The week’s two other new wide releases could also have a shot, though as much as the length of time since it was last seen for Blair Witch might be even more challenging for Bridget Jones’s Baby. Snowden could be popular just to see what it says, but I suspect it will be another Oliver Stone dud.

Our Highest Rated Films: Snowden, Miss Stevens
Our Best Awards Ratings: Snowden (Oscars)

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Hillsong – Let Hope Rise
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Cock and Bull
Silicon Cowboys
Wild Oats

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

The real life story blended with the Tom Hanks brand and Clint Eastwood name should help bolster Sully to the top of the box office. Add in the strong reviews and Oscar prospects and it seems difficult to beat. The Disappointments Room and When the Bough Breaks, which may cause them to cannibalize each other. The Wild Life has gotten little attention in terms of advertising, and most adults aren’t likely to want to give this one a shot.

Our Highest Rated Films: Sully, Other People
Our Best Awards Ratings: Sully (Oscars), Other People (Globes/Critics)

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Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Cameraperson
Dancer

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

With a single new wide release over the last holiday weekend before the fall, Light Between Oceans should easily be able to take over the top spot when last weekend’s number one, Don’t Breathe, suffers the traditional post-opening horror plummet. Even holdovers won’t be able to stop Light, which might just prove to be a rare Labor Day hit. $30 million is the Labor Day weekend record and that’s not a very high hurdle to climb.

Our Highest Rated Films: Light Between Oceans
Our Best Awards Ratings: Light Between Oceans (Oscars)

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Naam Hai Akira

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