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« Open Thread | Main | Review: Disney's recreation of "Beauty and the Beast" »
Sunday
Mar192017

Beauty and the Box Office. Plus Iron Fist.

What did you see this weekend besides Emma Watson twirling in that yellow gown?   Disney spent $160 million making the movie and probably another huge chunk of millions promoting it but they were rewarded with stacks and stacks of gold. It nearly became the top grossing movie of the year (thus far) in a single weekend! 

Since I'd already seen the Disney musical, I spent the weekend with a revisit of Grease 2 (more on that soon) as well as some DVR catch up (I will miss you when you're gone Real O'Neals - especially you Martha Plimpton and Matt Oberg). And yes I also tried with Iron Fist but it became white noise in the background as it was too dull to focus sole attention on. Identity politics aside, Finn Jones + the script are the biggest problems as there is so much filler and the hero is the least likeable character on the show, insufferably selfish and quite dumb. Shut up about your chi already, we get it! I found myself actually rooting for the douchey pseudo brother Ward Beachum (Tom Pelphrey). The Netflix series only comes alive when it focuses on side characters, whether they're good (Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing), evil (Wai Ching Ho reprising her delicious Daredevil villain Madame Gao) or somewhere on the what-are-they-up-to spectrum (the always reliable David Wenham as Harold Meachum) 

TOP WIDE 
01 Beauty & The Beast $170 NEW Review
02 Kong Skull Island $28.8 (cum. $110.1)  Review
03 Logan $17.5 (cum. $184) Review
04 Get Out $13.2 (cum. $133.1) Review
05 The Shack $6.1 (cum. $42.6) 

TOP LIMITED 
01 The Sense of an Ending $475K (cum. $527K) 282 theaters Interview
02 Badrinath Ki Dulhania $420K (cum. $1.5) 156 theaters
03 A United Kingdom $320K (cum. $3.1) 257 theaters 
04 Kedi $275K (cum. $1.4) 120 theaters  Review 
05 The Last Word $191K (cum. $345K) 94 theaters
06 T2: Trainspotting $180K NEW 5 theaters
07 Personal Shopper $158K (cum. $269K) 35 theaters Review
08 The Salesman $105K (cum. $2.2) 72 theaters  ReviewInterview 
09 Song to Song $53K NEW 4 theaters
10 Land of Mine $41K (cum. $245K) 38 theaters Interview

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I watched 'Network' for the first time. Mind-blowing.

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEz

I caught B&tB at Downtown Disney while visiting family. Disappointed by the "openly gay character" (hardly) and "gay moment" (typical Disney innuendo). Surprised to learn that there are many actual adult humans (not just random Alabama theaters) that really do care enough about this (more than beastiality) to not see the movie. Just another friendly reminder that toxicity and ignorance are somehow mainstream badges of honor now. :/

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

I am on a Bridget Fonda binge so watched The Assassin it's UK title and Scandal,I had forgotten how John Hurt is so good in it too.

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordon

Saw "Logan", a.k.a. "The Passion of the Wolverine" and agree w/Nathaniel that I don't understand why it had to be so brutally violent. The movie never seems to have a clear point or opinion about it. Overall: good enough, but I'm not into the faulty Hollywood math where people equate being taken seriously with humorlessness.

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

Only Angels Have Wings and His Girl Friday. Had me a Cary Grant-Howard Hawks weekend.

Also The Jungle Book remake. Which... whatever. I think it would be interesting to see which animated Disney movie's live action remakes outgross the original after inflation.

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

I watched 'Song to Song' and it was a mess. It lacked Malick's typical beautiful poetic images, which often keep me interested even if his films are meandering (as they almost always are). I expected more from the setting--the film barely captures Austin's music scene. I should have caught up with 'The Salesman' or 'Paterson,