Category: Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 21-23, 2020

A new number one is likely with this week’s debut of Call of the Wild starring Harrison Ford. It’s an adaptation of a well known novel by Jack London and the previews definitely sell it as a one-of-a-kind adventure between a man and his dog. Unlike this week’s other debut, Brahms: The Boy II, Call of the Wild is an original with a beloved star tackling a young audience with families going in tow. That should be enough for it to pull off a number one finish.

Our Highest Rated Films: Emma
Our Best Awards Ratings: Emma (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Acquitted by Faith (Limited)
Come and See (Limited)
Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends (Limited)
Corpus Christi (Limited)
Goldie (Limited)
Jinpa (Limited)
Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (Limited)
Just One More Kiss (Limited)
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (Limited)
Power of the Air (Limited)
Premature (Limited)
Ride the Wave (Limited)
Seberg (Limited)
Shooter (Limited)
True Fiction (Limited)
Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations (Limited)
Vitalina Varela (Limited)
Young Ahmed (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 14, 2020

Four films will attempt to win the weekend in the wake of the minor debut that was Birds of Prey. Fantasy Island and Sonic the Hedgehog have the most potential, though being Valentine’s weekend, The Photograph could pull in enough on Friday to top the others. Maybe, but doubtful. Sonic probably has a better shot because it will appeal to kids, but the film looks like a dud, which may be reflected in a decent Friday and a plummeting Saturday and Sunday. Fantasy Island promises to have a consistent weekend for a horror film with a strong open and a quick fade away.

Our Highest Rated Films: Ordinary Love
Our Best Awards Ratings: Ordinary Love (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

What About Love (Supposedly Wide)
After Parkland (Limited)
After Midnight (Limited)
Brown Paper Bag (Limited)
Camp Cold Brook (Limited)
Come As You Are (Limited)
The Cordillera of Dreams (Limited)
Enter the Fat Dragon (Limited)
First Lady (Limited)
I Wish I Knew (Limited)
Impossible Monsters (Limited)
The Innocent (Limited)
Olympic Dreams (Limited)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Limited)
Spy Intervention (Limited)
Sufna (Limited)
Those Who Remained (Limited)
The Times of Bill Cunningham (Limited)
Underneath the Same Moon (Limited)
Varane Avashyamund (Limited)
VFW (Limited)
World Famous Lover (Limited)
You Go to My Head (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 7-9, 2020

The latest film in the DC Extended Universe should easily top the week’s box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: Birds of Prey
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

And Then We Danced
Cane River
Legend of Deification
Malang
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
The Son of a Prominent Journalist
Zakhmi

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020

The holdovers are doing well and the new releases are doing poorly so far this year, which means that this week’s new releases aren’t likely to be box office toppers, though Gretel and Hansel has a better chance at it than does The Rhythm Section.

Our Highest Rated Films: The 2020 Oscar-Nominated Shorts
Our Best Awards Ratings: The 2020 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Beanpole (Limited)
Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (Limited)
Gul Makai (Limited)
Incitement (Limited)
José (Limited)
Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (Limited)
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (Limited)
The Traitor (Limited)
The Wonderland (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 24-26, 2020

With two wide releases this weekend, we finally have some competition. After the superb debut of Bad Boys for Life last weekend, The Gentlemen and The Turning will battle it out for number with the former having better options. The Gentlemen has a lot of well known actors and a popular director to give it a boost at the box office. The latter has no one famous and will have to rely on the premise to pull in audiences. Gentlemen should win easily.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Gentlemen
Our Best Awards Ratings: no consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Alice and the Mayor
Assassin 33 A.D.
Detective Chinatown 3
Disco Raja
Elsewhere
Get Gone
Jinde Meriye
Los Leones
My Name Is Myeisha
Panga
The Rescue
Street Dancer
Zombi Child

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 17-19, 2020

Disney has a stranglehold on the box office throughout the year and every film it releases will dominate for at least a week. The same will be true of Dolittle whose only competition is the second week in wide release for 1917, meaning it’s going to dominate and probably for a two or three weeks after that.

Our Highest Rated Films: Weathering with You
Our Best Awards Ratings: Weathering with You (Oscars*) *NOTE: Submissions were due prior to the Oscar nominations.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

D-Love
Disturbing the Peace
Extracurricular
Speed of Life
The Wave

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 10-12, 2020

With three new wide releases, the question is whether Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker can hold on to the top spot for a fourth week or if Like a Boss, Underwater, The Informer (which looks to have been pulled from the release calendar yet again), or one of the expanding releases (1917 or Just Mercy) can swing into the top spot.

Among the new wide releases, I’d say Like a Boss will probably be the highest grossing, though it’s possible 1917. hops into the top spot in the end.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Informer, Inherit the Viper
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

1917 (Expanding)
Just Mercy (Expanding)
2050 (Limited)
Afterward (Limited)
Chhapaak (Limited)
The Dawn (Limited)
Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy (Limited)
Earth (Limited)
Les Misérables (Limited)
VHYes (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 3-5, 2020

There aren’t any other new wide release options, so the number one spot will go to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in its third week. How the latest version of The Grudge performs will depend on a lot of factors, but performing well isn’t likely.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Grudge (the only thing out, really)
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

City of Joel
The Dawn
Inmate Zero

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 25-29, 2019

With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker dominating the box office for a second weekend, the only new wide release that has any chance of topping all other newcomers is Little Women. It seems the perfect family film for Christmas day, though it might be front-loaded mid-week rather than over the weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: 1917, Little Women
Our Best Awards Ratings: 1917, Little Women, Just Mercy, Clemency, Spies in Disguise

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (Limited)
The White Sheik (Limited)
Les Misérables (Oscar Qualifying Run)
Apparition (Limited)
M&M: The Mall The Merrier (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 20-22, 2019

The second major event of the year, the second historical culmination of a multi-year franchise. Capping Disney’s stranglehold on the U.S. box office this year, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker enters the fray as 2019 comes to a close and will surely send the year off with a bang.

Our Highest Rated Films: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Our Best Awards Ratings: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Cats

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Dabangg 3
Don’t Be a D*ck About It
Le Bonheur
Lions Love
Mur Murs
La Pointe-Courte (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 13-15, 2019

The reign of Frozen II comes to an end this weekend with the sequel to the blockbuster Jumanji, which is sure to storm the box office and defeat everything in its way.

Our Highest Rated Films: Bombshell
Our Best Awards Ratings: Bombshell, Uncut Gems, Richard Jewell, A Hidden Life

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Cunningham
Marsaani 2
Spiral Farm

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 6-8, 2019

Here’s where Frozen II picks up its third weekend atop the box office as the two new wide releases don’t look like they’ll be more than lackluster performers. The Aeronauts is the kind of movie that might have done well twenty or thirty years ago, but which won’t draw as much interest as the studio is hoping by putting it into wide release instead of platforming it. Playmobil: The Movie on the other hand, is the kind of film that should automatically do well, since it’s animated, but I highly doubt that will happen since the film hasn’t gotten nearly as much press as it should and it looks an attempt to hone in on the Lego Movie game without the underlying power property to back it up. Ultimately, Playmobil will probably end up in second place, but it doesn’t have a prayer of topping Frozen II.

Our Highest Rated Films: Marriage Story, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Our Best Awards Ratings: Marriage Story

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

2 Fingers Honey
The Disappearance of my Mother

Hold On
The Kindness of Strangers
Midnight Family
Most Likely to Succeed
A New Christmas
Panipat
Safe Spaces

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019

There are two wide releases and neither will top the second weekend of Frozen II, but with the all-star cast of Knives Out, it’s very likely that film will win the weekend among new releases over Queen and Slim.

Our Highest Rated Films: Knives Out
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Two Popes, Queen & Slim

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

After Parkland
Away
The Body Remembers When the World Broken Open
The Calling
Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
Tremors
The Two Popes
Ximei

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 22-24, 2019

There will be no competition for first place. Frozen II will annihilate all rivals. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood could be a minor hit, but Frozen II will have a massive debut and top the chart for the next three weekends until Jumanji: the Next Level unseats it on the weekend of December 13.

Our Highest Rated Films: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Dark Waters, Frozen II
Our Best Awards Ratings: Frozen II, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Dark Waters

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Angelfish
The Calling
Citizen K
Saint Cloud Hill
Shooting the Mafia
Varda by Agnes
When Lambs Become Lions

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 15-17, 2019

The two best contenders for a #1 finish this weekend couldn’t be more different. Charlie’s Angels is a reboot of the popular TV show and its successful first adaptation. This one doesn’t have the bigger names like its predecessor film did, but it still has a lot going for it. On the other side of the coin is Ford v Ferrari, a racing drama about the attempts at Ford to stop Ferrari for eternally dominating racing. The two films are targeting vastly different audiences and while I suspect Ford v Ferrari will give the Angels a run for their money, I think, in the end, that Charlie’s Angels will eke out a narrow victory.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Report, Ford v Ferrari, The Good Liar, Waves
Our Best Awards Ratings: Ford v Ferrari, Waves, The Report, The Good Liar, White Snake

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

All Rise
Atlantics
Autonomy
Enai Noki Paayum Thota
Everbody’s Everything
Hollywould
The Hottest August
I Lost My Body
Jhalle
Mickey and the Bear
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
Scandalous
Sequestrada
The Shed
Somewhere Winter
The Turkey Bowl

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