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What did you see this weekend?

What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office (Estimates)
April 5th-7th 
🔺 = new or expanded theater counts
1 🔺 Shazam!  $53.4 on 4217 screens *NEW*
1 🔺  The Mustang $771k (cum. $2) on 350 screens 
2 🔺 Pet Sematary  $25 on 3585 screens *NEW* 
2  No Manches Frida 2 $415k (cum. $8.7) on 275 screens 
3 Dumbo  $18.2 on 4259 screens (cum. $76.2) BEST OF TIM BURTON
3 🔺  The Aftermath $375k (cum. $1.1) on 344 screens   REVIEW
4 Us  $13.8 on 3512 screens (cum. $152.3) SNEAK PEAK, REVIEW
4 🔺  The Public $279k on 265 screens *NEW*
5 Captain Marvel $12.6 on 3573 screens (cum. $374.1)  REVIEW
5  Apollo 11  $201k (cum. $8) on 187 screens
6 The Best of Enemies $4.5 on 1705 screens *NEW* 
6 🔺   High Life $100k on 4 screens *NEW* REVIEW
7 Five Feet Apart $3.7 (cum. $41.5) on 2484 screens
7  Amazing Grace $96k on 8 screens *NEW* 
8 Unplanned $3.2 (cum. $12.4) on 1516 screens
8  Los Domirriqueños 2 $75k (cum. $1.1) on 43 screens
9 Wonder Park $2 (cum. $41.9) on 2281 screens 
9 🔺  Diane $68k (cum. $101k) on 34 screens REVIEW
10 How To Train Your Dragon 3 $1.9 (cum. $156.6) on 1928 screens 
10 Transit  $61k (cum. $612k) on 55 screens INTERVIEW, REVIEW


Your TFE ringleader was dragging through this weekend, seeing only Shazam because a friend wanted to. But we WILL see lots of movies next week. Gotta make time for Mary Kay Place as Diane at the very least. Note: if it's not playing in your city, it's also available to rent online.

As for the public, they turned out for Shazam and Pet Sematary (the second largest opening for a Stephen King adaptation) but the low CinemaScore suggests that the latter will be a fast fade. The commercials for that one make our hearts go squishy soft which is not what the advertising department intended.

(We're in full Feed the Kitty mode when we see that mangy beauty on the highway. Just want to love him, give him treats, and scratch him under the neck, before and after bathing him.)

The other new wide release Best of Enemies performed below expectations but its audience was largely older and liked it (CinemaScore "A") suggesting it might have legs if it can hold on to theaters.

In limited release curiousity was high for Claire Denis's perverse outer-space oddity High Life -- you have to see Juliette Binoche in this picture to believe her! -- with a promising per screen average in four theaters. We're also heartened to see Diane and Transit performing pretty well. Their reviews must be helping.

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Reader Comments (34)

I am going to be so sad when No Manches Frida is no longer on this chart with that photo.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

The reviews for Fosse Verdon haven't been good - one said "Who was this made for?" so I will watch All That Jazz instead.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

I saw the Hal Ashby doco HAL which is having a limited release in Sydney. I enjoyed it - lots of great material on his string of Oscar nominees from the 70s: The Landlord, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Bound for Glory, Coming Home and Being There.

We also watched TAG on Netflix which had a few amiable laughs but was pretty meh. I enjoyed Jon Hamm in goofy mode and Isla Fisher going batshit crazy. But the movie doesn't earn its attempt at pathos at the end. You can't have all these cartoon characters doing unbelievable stunts and over-the-top escapades and then turn around and expect me to believe in them as real people with genuine emotions.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

Saw GLORIA BELL (Zzzzzzzz) and HOTEL MUMBAI (riveting)

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMe

A couple of first-timers in David Bowie: Finding Fame and Tully and a re-watch of October Sky. I also saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again this past Thursday which was pretty good yet I didn't expect to get emotional over Cher singing "Fernando". She fucking nailed it.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

I saw Shazam! which was fun, and the French gay male prostitute drama Sauvage, which was very well-done even if it doesn't bring anything new to a story we've seen many times over the years. It was nice to see a movie that doesn't shy away from male nudity.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDancin' Dan

Saw Gloria Bell which was wonderful!
Also, you guys, Criterion Channel goes live tomorrow!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Dumbo - eye popping Burton visuals, bland human characters, bad script. And I'm over Disney using STEM fascination as the only trait of their New Improved Feminist Heroines instead of actually crafting a 3 dimensional characters

Sunset - snoozefest. The style worked with the subject matter and setting of Son of Saul, but it ruins everything here. Boring and shallow

The Aftermath - as basic, soapy and overwrought as I expected. It was not good, but I can't say I wasn't satisfied

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterchasm301

Watched THE CATCHER WAS A SPY in honor of Paul Rudd’s 50th birthday. I liked it, even if it was pretty short/concise for a biopic. Would love to see him do more drama.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge P.

Life Itself. The less said, the better. I can imagine that Fogelman thought he was writing some sort of deeply emotional masterpiece, but I can't imagine that the actors (who are fine) thought they were reading one. That, and the teaser for Joker on constant loop. Easily one of the best trailers I've seen in years. Even with Phoenix, I wasn't much excited for this, but I'll be there opening day now. Let's hope the completed film manages to deliver.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Saw Pet Sematary and was not a fan.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPoliVamp

Watched The Best of Enemies tonight. Lovely picture and was surprised at the unforced pathos the movie provided without apologies and did not shy away from exploring. Taraji P. Henson is riveting and believable (and gets the gait of real-life Ann Atwater), but Sam Rockwell was even better. I have not seen him this effective since, I don't know, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Plus the supporting cast were also effective: Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, John Gallagher. Robin Bissell is an unfussy director. If the movie is a singer, it would be someone who does not overwhelm you with melisma, tricky jazz scatting, or unnecessary wordless vocalizations. Speaking of music, Marcelo Zarvos assembled a well-chosen playlist. If this movie bombs at the box office, I am certain it will have an afterlife as the story is compelling.

Big shout-outs for the box office showing of High LIfe, Diane and Transit.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

Juliette Binoche could use a 2nd Oscar or a 3rd nomination.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

The Life and Death of John J. Donovan and I hated almost every second of it.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterFrenchToast

I've reloaded the page a couple of times, and no image is coming up for Unplanned. Did you, uh, plan that?

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrevity

I for one can’t believe we’re still waiting for your thoughts on Gloria Bell, Nathaniel!!!!

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterShmeebs

Saw Shazam! True story: when I first heard about this movie I thought it was a remake of that Shaquille O’Neill genie movie. Shazam! is good in parts although very predictable.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

saw Us.

It took my longer than most, but I am now a firm beleiver in Lupita’s awesomeness. She was wonderful in this.

Film: B. First two thirds are rivetting but last portion is a mess and the script completly falls apart into stupidity. But still held my undivided attention throughout (with a few eyerolls), terrifically scored (wowza!!) and acted and there were more laughs than I expected (Duke brings a lot of physical comedy into this).

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

I was bored to tears during Gloria Bell... Seriously checked to my phone to see what time it was like 15 times :(

I wanted to like it so bad. Some scenes just went completely nowhere. Enjoyed the last maybe 5 minutes or so. (Paintball revenge and title song/end credits)

Thumbs down.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

So glad I wasn’t the only one to be bored to tears during ‘Gloria Bell’. For a film so well within my area of interests, I can’t believe it managed to dull so completely.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBeau

I didn't go to the theater this weekend.

The Gospel According to André - Well, this was wonderful and inspiring. Documentary about André Leon Talley, following him from the Jim Crow South to Vogue. It made me want to go out and buy a bunch of adventurous clothes.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties - This felt like a major misfire. There was one brief scene between Kidman and Ruth Wilson that sparked and I thought oh, this is what this film should be. I think Elle Fanning is cast too often.

Also very much looking forward to the Criterion Channel's launch today!

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Didn’t see any films, but I saw Burn This with Adam Driver and Keri Russell on Broadway. Liked it but didn’t love it.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

I saw "Bathtubs Over Broadway" which was one of the most charming and delightful films I've seen recently and also quite touching. I had a tear in my eye. I don't know why this isn't getting more of a push by Focus when it's such a crowd-pleasing film.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

I’ll chime in with my dislike of Gloria Bell. Lelio’s Chilean films (eg, Gloria and A Fantastic Woman) are so much richer than his English language output. Moore felt all wrong here. On paper, it was great casting but in execution it was a snooze. I wonder what Madonna could have brought to the role?

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterErik

Brevity -- i'm not giving that movie any attention ;)

April 8, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I didn't see anything current but did watch an old Joan Crawford movie (for free on Amazon Prime) called Harriet Craig (1950). It was actually a really good flick, with a fine supporting cast and Crawford at her most Crawford (a reviewer on Letterboxed called it Crawford Porn, which is 100% correct!). Totally recommend it.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Us - kind of a standard horror film, but also very entertaining and smart. Why did it take
SO long for Lupita to be given a lead? She's great in it, along with Elisabeth Moss.

Barry - still very good and I love all the actors.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

Deep in My Heart - might write more about it for the Howard Keel shablam. I had to wait an hour and forty five minutes for him to show up though.

Some Came Running - this was part of a Sunday binge of six movies and it was the best one. This was also part of the "Shirley MacLaine is that kind of woman" filmography and even if her character's not book smart she makes sure that the audience knows that she's smart in other ways.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

Paolo: Yes, MacLaine is so good in Some Came Running!

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

I saw "Us" and was very disappointed- very good set up and excellent cast- but the last half hour is bad. He should have stayed with the family once the films becomes some sort of zombie apocalypse it goes down the drain. His convoluted explanation for the evil clones makes no sense and the final twist was too obvious from the opening.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Rob --OOH. i haven't seen that one. Must watch this week.

April 8, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

John T -- right? It almost makes me want to find the movie.

April 8, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

That " mangy beauty" is the best developed character in " Pet Cemetary". Ugh. Read the book instead.

April 9, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Nathaniel--yay! Glad you're interested. Harriet Craig is def one of Crawford's strongest vehicles - the supporting cast matches her every step of the way so it doesn't become one of those airless Crawford flicks like Torch Song or Queen Bee.

April 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

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