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Entries in Victoria and Abdul (7)

Sunday
Oct152017

What did you see this weekend?

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (October 13th-15th)
W I D E
800+ screens
L I M I T E D
excluding prev. wide
1. ๐Ÿ”บ HAPPY DEATH DAY  $26.5 new  1.๐Ÿ”บ THE FLORIDA PROJECT $401k on 33 screens (cum. $623k) REVIEW 1, REVIEW 2
2. BLADE RUNNER 2049 $15.1 (cum. $60.5) REVIEW | SHORTS | "BESTS"  2. TIL DEATH DO US PART $319k on 400 screens (cum. $3.2) 
3. ๐Ÿ”บ THE FOREIGNER  $12.8 new 3. THE STRAY $300k on 430 screens (cum. $1.2)
4. IT  $6 (cum. $314.9) REVIEW | 5 TAKEAWAYS  4. A QUESTION OF FAITH $155k on 228 screens (cum. $2.1) 
5. ๐Ÿ”บ  THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US $5.6 (cum. $20.5) REVIEW 5. ๐Ÿ”บ AMERICAN SATAN $132k on 55 screens new 
6. AMERICAN MADE  $5.4 (cum. $40.1) 6. ๐Ÿ”บ MARK FELT $123k on 89 screens (cum. $257k)
7. KINGSMAN 2  $5.3 (cum. $89.6) 7. STRONGER $115k on 174 screens (cum. $4) REVIEW
8. LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE  $4.3 (cum. $51.5) 8. JUDWAA 2 $110k on 106 screens (cum. $1.4)
9. MY LITTLE PONEY  $4 (cum. $15.5) 9. ๐Ÿ”บ GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN $55k on 9 screens new
10. ๐Ÿ”บ VICTORIA & ABDUL  $3.1 (cum. $11.3) REVIEW 10. HUMAN FLOW $47k on 3 screens new

๐Ÿ”บ = new or significant expansion

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

 

It was a rough weekend for awards hopefuls that weren't named Victoria & Abdul. Dame Dench's new vehicle moved into the top ten in its fourth weekend when it finally went wide. Other movies seeking adult audiences had a rougher go of it. The biopics Marshall and Professor Marston & The Wonder Women both opened outside of the top ten despite plentiful screens. (I took in Professor Marston and though it's a niche subject, it's surprisingly good with yet another excellent performance from the ever reliable Rebecca Hall.) More biographical awards hopefuls Goodbye Christopher Robin and Breathe also failed to attract much interest in their platform debuts. It's a tough world out there for non-genre titles that would like adults to go to the movies again!

The weekend's best per screen averages went to the documentary Human Flow and A24's The Florida Project which added 29 screens in its second weekend. WHAT DID YOU SEE THIS WEEKEND?

Saturday
Oct142017

Brief Takes: Blade Runners, Tennis Stars, Feisty Queens, Fish Men

In an effort to break out of my silence -- October is my favorite month so why has it been so hard? -- micro thoughts on 5 Oscar hopefuls I meant to review but didn't. Whoops. Please to discuss in the comments.

Battle of the Sexes (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
The story of Billie Jean King's (Emma Stone) famous 1973 match with Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and her efforts to make women's tennis viable in a sexist industry

Capsule
: A timely well-crafted look back to the beginnings of a gender war that's depressingly still raging and a soupçon of queer romance to give it unique personality. Dayton & Faris's light touch is the right choice for this briskly-paced but delicately felt recreation of a pivotal American moment. Emma Stone is perfection as the heroic tight shouldered athlete at the center. Just discussed on the podcast. B+
Oscar Chances: This one could go either way. Much will depend on how smart Fox Searchlight is at selling it to voters. Though maybe don't bet against Emma Stone returning to Best Actress; she's very burrowed into King's skin but still as sunny as Emma Stone.

Blade Runner 2049, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Victoria and Abdul and the Shape of Water are after the jump

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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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Saturday
Sep232017

Tweetweek: Michelle & Miscellania

For this final* edition of Tweetweek, something more focused. Every once in a blue moon (okay, totally frequently) I do a search for "Michelle Pfeiffer" on twitter just to see what people are saying. It probably won't surprise you to hear that in the Off Years of her career, which are most years given how infrequently she works, it tends to be references to Grease 2, Scarface, and her iconic Catwoman with a light seasoning of other famous movies tossed into the mix.

Lately it's been mostly mother! and we're here for the web's enthusiasm about the RePfeiffal. I mean even RuPaul felt the need to chime in. We wish his prediction hadn't felt so quickly like wishful thinking (given the cold slap of audience response to the difficult movie) but it's not for lack of a great performance!

More Pfeiffer and a few random other topics after the jump like the Kingsman  franchise, Jessica Chastain's ubiquity, and Victoria & Abdul's leading man...

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Monday
Apr172017

Best Supporting Actor - April Foolish Oscar Predix

By Nathaniel R

It's only 321 days until the next Oscar ceremony. That may seem like a good long time but we rarely go days without thinking about it so it'll  be here before we know it. The latest chart to go up is BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR. The Supporting categories are always tricky to suss out before the films are seen because supporting players generally need some fire from their films to make a dent, no matter how good the actual performance is. What's more we rarely know the full extent of what a supporting role entails this early as only the leads generally factor into early synopses. Nevertheless we forge a chart of possibility...

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