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Mother's Day Weekend Box Office

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY y'all. Are you taking your mom to the movies? Does your mom even go to movies? (My mom does not unless I'm visiting her so it happens about once a year).

In its second week Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 dipped below 50% but that's par for the course for blockbusters which are super frontloaded now. It still handily took the weekend making more than the two new wide releases combined (Snatched and King Arthur). In limited release the top new films were Lowriders (starring Demian Bichir and Eva Longoria) with a good per screen average and the sniper drama The Wall which risked a nearly wide opening to uncertain results. We'll see how word of mouth goes. 

Weekend Box Office (Date)
W I D E  L I M I T E D
(cum. $246.1) REVIEW
(295 screens)
2.🔺 SNATCHED $17.5 NEW
2. BAAHUBALI 2 $1.5 (374 screens)
(cum. $18.9)
3. 🔺 THE WALL $891k NEW
(541 screens)
(cum. $215) FRANCHISE RANK
4. NORMAN $409k (153 screens)
(cum. $1.6)
5. BOSS BABY $4.6
(cum. $162.3) REVIEW
(258 screens | cum. $2.9)
(cum. $493.1) REVIEW | SCORE
6. SLEIGHT $285k (364 screens)
(cum. $3.6)
$3.7 (cum. $26.1)
7. THE DINNER $245k (429 screens)
(cum. $1.1)
8. THE CIRCLE $1.7
(cum. $18.9) REVIEW
8. 🔺  A QUIET PASSION $199k
(116 screens | cum. $766k)
9. GIFTED $1.3
(cum. $21.4)
9. 🔺 THE LOVERS $140k (23 screens)
(cum. $229k) REVIEW
(cum. $42.1)
10. COLOSSAL $115k (160 screens)
(cum. $2.7) REVIEW 
(cum. $42.3)
(4 screens)
12. BORN IN CHINA $820k
(cum. $12.3)
12. 🔺 CHUCK $79k (39 screens)
(cum. $121k) REVIEW 
🔺 = new or added screens
numbers from box office mojo


The Lovers and Chuck, two Tribeca debuts which went immediately to theaters last weekend after the festival, charted after adding theaters this weekend. Check out the reviews in case you missed 'em linked in the chart above.

What did you see this weekend? 

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Reader Comments (26)

I took my mother to see Snatched. She thought it was funny and while not perfect and rather straight forward, I found it to be fun. Not the classic of the century. Just a small fun action comedy.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt St. Clair

I saw Sunshine Cleaning for the first time. I liked it, and I keep thinking about it. It really captured the ripple effects a loved ones suicide has on a family down through the years. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt played great sisters, even thought they look nothing alike! You know how good movies can linger with you for weeks? I think that Sunshine Cleaning is going to be one of those movies for me.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEz

I saw Narciso Ibañez Serrador's creepy "The House that Screamed" ( La Residencia) (1970) a Spanish horror movie starring Lili Palmer as the head mistress of a school for girls in which sexual repression leads to madness and murder. I can see Sofia Coppola doing a remake in the future- Jessica Lange would be perfect in the lead

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

I saw L'avenir with my mom. She was deeply disappointed by the fact that Huppert never gets to sleep with her student. Love her!

Also saw Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the only Lynch I've been avoiding for years. Why was it butchered? I know it's not a masterpiece, but it has this very rare intensity...

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I caught 'The Invisible Guest', a Spanish movie about an illicit love affair gone wrong in the wake of a car accident. There were so many twists and turns that you really have to pay attention to the details lest any semblance of logic may escape you. A must-watch if you enjoy strong performances and guessing games.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJans

Jans -- is that a new or old movie?

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Rewatching all of Twin Peaks for next Sunday. The first half of the second season is brilliantly composed, and FWWM is a secret masterpiece.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

"Snatched" - a disappointment but not a disaster. Very medium. They at least had the sense to keep it to 90 minutes.

Also watched "Boomerang" since it was just covered on the "Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood" podcast - really fun and surprisingly modern. And I'm usually an Eddie Murphy skeptic.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

I saw "Their Finest".

Directed by Lone Scherfig, who directed "An Education", which I also liked, although I liked this one better. The heroine is a London ad writer who is drafted to write WWII British propaganda films. She's hired to write "the slop", ie women's dialogue.

Remember how in "An Education" Rosalind Pike was such fun in a small part? This one has lots of small fun parts too.

TFE favorite, Jake Lacy, plays a brave U.S. fighter pilot, who is drafted into one of the films. Unfortunately he can't act, and has to be coached by his fellow thespian, Bill Nighy, for the film within the film.

Bill Nighy is one of those character actors where you wonder why he doesn't have numerous Best Supporting Actor nominations. This role would be a great nomination.

I've liked the lead, Gemma Arterton, since she was a wicked schoolgirl in "St. Trinians".

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Finally saw "Colossal." Super low budget filmmaking bolstered by a genius concept, above-average acting (MVP: Sudeikis), and a clear determination to make a good film. I give it a big thumbs up.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCharlieG

Nathaniel, this 2017 movie is being screened right now (in an arthouse cinema) in my country. I just googled and confirmed it's released in 2017. I would assume it's already shown in the US?

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJans

A friend of mine moved to LA Aand gave me his (enormous) TV and DVD player. At first I was playing Chungking Express like Faye Wong does with "California Dreamin'," then I put on Sugar & Spice.

I saw Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie, which ended a year-long retrospective of her work at the Portland Art Museum. It just wrecked. She and her mother had such a special bond; the film wrecked me.

Today I rewatched the shamefully underseen Faithless. Directed by Liv Ullmann, written by Ingmar Bergman, and features a miraculous performance by Lena Endre's, which for me remains unmatched for best of the century.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I saw Thirst with my Mom. Didnt expect to be so sexually loaded, but it was fun and my mom laughed a lot.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTheBoyFromBrazil

Roger -- i've actually seen that :)

The Boy -- the South Korean "Thirst" -- my mom could never. lol

Adri - i keep hearing that's good. I need to get there this week.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I decided to watch "Carrie" on Netflix the other day because I was in a weird mood.

Finally caught up with "Moonlight" and obsessively read anything I could about it.

Oh! "Baby Boy" was on VH1 while I was at work so I watched the first hour and then went to Wikipedia to find out how it ended. Taraji P Henson was EVERYTHING in that movie.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjakey

Mom and I saw Guardians on Friday. It was very that. And yesterday, I finally saw 20th Century Women. The Bening was amaze, as per usual, but I thought Gerwig was MVP, by far.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCal

Instead of going to the movies I was taken to see Bernadette Peters in concert yesterday in San Francisco and it was one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever been given. She is such a unique talent and I adore her so much. Aside from that I'm flying through season 2 of Sense8 which I am adoring.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I saw Alien Covenant,I won't spoil it for anyone,just to say there's a reason the 79 film is a classic and Ripley an Icon..

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

I watched Otto Preminger's 'Bunny Lake is Missing,' the original gone girl. One of those movies that starts off great and then runs out of steam...but still much to recommend. My blog post on it here:


May 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterrick gould

I saw "Snatched" and I loved it! Don't get me wrong it's not a GREAT movie but it made me LOL which is rare this days. Great to see Goldie's back & Schumer is a riot so as we say in french: Ne boudez pas votre plaisir!

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstjeans

In between Mother's Day stuff I watched Master of None Season 2 and Catastrophe Season 3. Both excellent. Hilarious and heartwarming.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

I saw I Am Not Your Negro which is amazing. The editing is brilliant, Samuel L. Jackson's voiceover is a masterclass in loaded intimacy and the star of it all, James Baldwin, is just brilliant. It was both amazing and heartbreaking that he was having very forthright conversations about race in America on the Dick Cavett show in the 60s only to realize we're still having the EXACT same conversations now.

Also so I'm So Excited! since I've been inspired by the Almodovar coverage here lately. It was fine - sometimes fun but the script, direction and editing make such odd choices. Why focus your story on a plane and then have 95% off the passengers and crew be asleep the whole time? Why, if you're only focusing on the few people in business class, do you cast Miguel Angel Silvestre and then barely use him? Why the overlong diversion into one passenger's ex-girlfriend's story only to not even glance at that passenger for the rest of the film? Like I said, fun, but should have been better.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

I saw Guardians and Their Finest. Liked them both. I saw The Lost City of Z for the third time.
At home, I watched Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry a Millionaire and An Education.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterchasm301

Mid-week I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which I thought was an absolute blast - if more superhero movies were this much fun and had this much EARNED emotion (as opposed to being as broody as so many of them are), I would be more excited about them.

But this weekend, I finally went to The Lost City of Z, which was not quite the Amazonian adventure I had thought it was going to be, but was possibly better for it? I'm sure they exaggerated and/or invented how "enlightened" Fawcett was, but I found the way the film engaged with its colonialist history really quite interesting. And dear sweet lord, is it absolutely GORGEOUS on a visual level.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDancin' Dan

Master of None for me this weekend. It is an enthralling season that speaks to my experience not only as an Asian-American but as a gay man. The "Thanksgiving" episode is magnificent. I hope Angela Bassett wins an Emmy for it.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

I laughed out loud a few times in "Snatched" but this was purely a waste of two tallented ladies, partiicularly Goldie Hawn, who has been MIA from cinema for far too long. I saw "Paris Can Wait" as well, and while it was great that Diane Lane had a leading role, this was too lightweight and unfulfilling.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

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