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Sunday
Oct082017

Dystopias Large (Blade Runner 2049) and Small (The Florida Project) at the Box Office

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (October 6th-8th)
BLADE RUNNER 2049 BATTLE OF THE SEXES
1.๐Ÿ”บ BLADE RUNNER 2049  $31.5 on 4000+ screens new BEST OF | SHORT FILMS  6. AMERICAN MADE $8 on 3000+ screens (cum. $30.4)
2.๐Ÿ”บ THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US $10.1 on 3000+ screens new 7. LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE $6.7 on 3600+ screens (cum. $43.8)
3. IT $9.6  on 3600+ screens (cum. $304.9) REVIEW | 5 TAKEAWAYS  8.๐Ÿ”บ VICTORIA & ABDUL $4.1 on 732 screens (cum. $5.9) BEST ACTRESS
4. ๐Ÿ”บ MY LITTLE PONY  $8.8 on 2500+ new 9. FLATLINERS  $3.8 on 2500+ screens (cum. $12.3) TRAILER
5.  KINGSMAN: GOLDEN CIRCLE  $8.1 on 3400+ screens (cum. $79.9)  REVIEW OF THE ORIGINAL 10. ๐Ÿ”บ BATTLE OF THE SEXES $2.4 on 1800+ screens  (cum.$7.6) BEST OF... | TRAILER

๐Ÿ”บ = new or significant expansion

numbers (in millions unless otherwise noted) from box office mojo 

 

T'was a quieter weekend than forecasters predicted at the box office with the Blade Runner sequel having more trouble than expected (which wouldn't be trouble but for that $150 million budget -- hey, at least it's all on the screen!) The Mountain Between Us didn't turn into a towering counter-programming option but with a much much lower budget $35, it should be fine in the long run.

The week's most crowded theaters (albeit only 4 of them) belonged to A24's The Florida Project, which Chris reviewed and Jason shared a personal essay about here already. We highly recommend it. The film is off to a very solid platform start of $153,000. For context that's about 2½ times the first weekend of Sean Baker's previous awards worthy critical darling Tangerine , which also happened to be a supremely empathetic, wickedly funny, moving look at a marginalized community. We love Baker for his consistent great skill with first time actors and that singular but versatile niche. Much less popular but far more of a specialty audience only item was the debut of Agnes Varda's delightful new documentary Faces Places which Murtada reviewed.  

What did you see this weekend? Apart from Blade Runner 2049 (which, more soon) I had a theater weekend taking in "The Play That Goes Wrong" on Broadway and a very wacky very naked modern dance performance inspired by the films of Almodovar. No, really! 

Tuesday
Oct032017

Box Office Three-Way and Dependable Dame Dench

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Sept 29th-October 1st)
W I D E
800+ screens
L I M I T E D
excluding prev. wide
1. KINGSMAN 2  $16.9 (cum. $66.6)  1.๐Ÿ”บ TIL DEATH DO US PART $1.5 on 562 screens 
2. IT $16.9 (cum. $290.7) REVIEW | 5 TAKEAWAYS  2.๐Ÿ”บ VICTORIA AND ABDUL $1 on 77 screens (cum. $1.3) 
3. ๐Ÿ”บ AMERICAN MADE $16.7  3.๐Ÿ”บ A QUESTION OF FAITH $1 on 661 screens  
4. LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE $11.6 (cum. $35.2) 4. ๐Ÿ”บ STRONGER $922k on 645 screens (cum. $3.1) REVIEW
5. ๐Ÿ”บ  FLATLINERS $6.5  5. ๐Ÿ”บ JUDWAA 2 $638k on 192 screens  
6. ๐Ÿ”บ BATTLE OF THE SEXES $3.4 (cum. $4) 6. BRAD'S STATUS $400k on 453 screens (cum. $1.7) REVIEW

๐Ÿ”บ = new or significant expansion

numbers (in millions unless otherwise noted) from box office mojo 

 

A bit late on the quickie box office chart this week but for a good reason. The race for #1 was so tight between three films that it took til Monday to clear it up with the Kingsman sequel topping and the new Tom Cruise actioner American Made on bottom....

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Sunday
Sep242017

Box Office: Golden Circle and Gold Prospecting

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Sept 22nd-24th)
W I D E
800+ screens
L I M I T E D
excluding prev. wide
1.๐Ÿ”บ KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE  $39 new  1.๐Ÿ”บ STRONGER $1.7 on 574 screens new REVIEW
2. IT $30 (cum. $266.3) REVIEW | 5 TAKEAWAYS  2.๐Ÿ”บ BRAD'S STATUS $1 on 453 screens (cum. $1.1) REVIEW
3.๐Ÿ”บ LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE $21.2 new  3.๐Ÿ”บ BATTLE OF THE SEXES $525k on 4 screens new
4. AMERICAN ASSASSIN $6.2 (cum. $26.1) 4. ๐Ÿ”บ VICTORIA AND ABDUL $152k on 4 screens new 

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle got off to a fast start with its all star cast and Looney Tunes broad violence (only I guess people die unlike Wile E. Coyote) while It continues to power on determined to be the biggest horror hit of all time right now trailing only The Sixth Sense (if you don't adjust for inflation) and that and The Exorcist (if you adjust for inflation).

Meanwhile since Fall has officially begun, so too has the Oscar-hopeful release cycle (FINALLY). All four of them that opened this weekend are off to great starts...

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Sunday
Sep172017

Box office charts, Or, 'this is why we can't have nice things'

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Sept 15th-17th)
W I D E  L I M I T E D
mother! BEACH RATS
1. IT $60 (cum. $218.7) REVIEW
1.๐Ÿ”บBEACH RATS  $320k on 67 screens* REVIEW
2.๐Ÿ”บAMERICAN ASSASSIN $14.8 new 2.  DO IT LIKE AN HOMBRE  $125k  on 226 screens (cum. $2.3)
3.๐Ÿ”บmother! $7.5 new REVIEW
3.๐Ÿ”บBRAD'S STATUS   $100k on 4 screens new REVIEW
4. HOME AGAIN  $5.3 (cum. $17.1)
4. ๐Ÿ”บ COLUMBUS $89k (cum. $637K) on 62 screens

 

As you've probably heard box office for 2017 is way down, the lowest in several years overall. I've read numerous reports blaming this on Hollywood's overreliance on event movies and franchises and the like but here's a depressing theory: I don't actually think that's the problem...

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Tuesday
Sep122017

"I'm Your #1 Fan..."

IT defied already optimistic expectations last weekend, opening to mostly postive reviews and a staggering box office of $123m. Hot takes are afoot as to why IT is such a mega hit, compared to the flopzilla of The Dark Tower. And amongst the good reviews was the adulation of one particular enfant terrible...

 Did you succumb to the scares or were you not amused by the clown? Discuss.

Related: Our "It" Review

Monday
Sep042017

Labor Day Weekend Didn't Fill Movie Theaters

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (4 Day Labor Day Weekend)
W I D E  L I M I T E D
WIND RIVER DO IT LIKE AN HOMBRE
1. THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD $13.3 (cum. $58) 
1. ๐Ÿ”บ INHUMANS  $1.5 new on 393 screens
2. ANNABELLE CREATION $9.3 (cum. $90.9)  2.  ๐Ÿ”บ DO IT LIKE AN HOMBRE  $1.4 new on 382 screens
3. WIND RIVER $7.9 (cum. $20.3) REVIEW
3. ๐Ÿ”บ  PATTI CAKE$  $315k (cum. $603k) on 295 screens
4. LEAP  $6.5 (cum. $13)
4.  TRIP TO SPAIN $301k (cum. $623K) on 140 screens
LOGAN LUCKY I DO... UNTIL I DON'T
5. LOGAN LUCKY $5.6 (cum. $22.6) REVIEW
5. ๐Ÿ”บ  MENASHE $272k (cum. $1.3) on 126 screens REVIEW 
6. DUNKIRK $5.6 (cum. $180.2) PODCAST | TOM HARDY 6. ๐Ÿ”บ I DO... UNTIL I DON'T  $234k new on 165 screens
7. SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING $4.7 (cum. $325.1)  REVIEW
7. ๐Ÿ”บ VALLEY OF BONES $138K new on 300 screens 
8. THE EMOJI MOVIE $3.3 (cum. $81.2) REVIEW
8. A GENTLEMAN  $110k (cum. $385k) on 130 screens 
9. DESPICABLE ME 3 $3.3 (cum. $258.8) 9. MAUDIE $109k (cum. $5.9) on 106 screens REVIEW
10. NUT JOB 2 $2.9 (cum. $26.7)
10. ๐Ÿ”บ CROWN HEIGHTS $83k (cum. $167k) on 55 screens

๐Ÿ”บ = new or significant expansion

numbers from box office mojo 

 

This was the worst Labor Day weekend for the movie business in nearly two decades! Marvel's Inhumans, a tv series launched in movie theaters, didn't even excite people much. I went to a lakehouse with friends to enjoy the last bit of sun and water but we did rewatch Moana with friends' kids though. 

If you did get to the movies, which ones? If you saw Do it Like an Hombre, please report: was it as dated and homophobic-despite-being-about-how-homophobia-is-stupid as it looked? If you didn't, which films have you been thinking about? I have to admit that Wind River has been rustling around in my mind quite a bit after seeing it so I'm glad it's holding steady with audiences.