Category: Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 9-11, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong may have symbolized a sudden shift in moviegoing habits, but we aren’t out of the pandemic yet, so this week’s new release might still struggle.

Our Highest Rated Films: Moffie
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Hollow Point (Limited)
My True Fairytale (Limited)
Slalom (Virtual)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 2-4, 2021

Can a big budget summer-like blockbuster really draw audiences back to the theater when they’ve been so far reticent? We shall see, though the Wednesday opening might temper weekend expectations.

Our Highest Rated Films: Godzilla vs. Kong, Shiva Baby
Our Best Awards Ratings: Godzilla vs. Kong (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

2021 Oscar Shorts (Limited)
Amundsen (Virtual)
The Boonies (Limited)
Blood Brothers (Limited)
French Exit (Expands Wide)
The Girl Who Believes In Miracles (Limited)
The Oak Room (Limited)
Roe v. Wade (Limited)
This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection (Virtual)

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 26-28, 2021

With a single new wide release, it looks like Nobody could top the box office as Raya and the Last Dragon begins to wind down.

Our Highest Rated Films: Six Minutes to Midnight
Our Best Awards Ratings: None.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Miracle Fishing: The Kidnapping of Tom Hargrove (Limited)
Mystery of the Kingdom of God (Limited)
Things Don’t Stay Fixed (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 19-21, 2021

Another weekend with no new wide releases means we have nothing much to say other than another week of Disney dominance of the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Courier
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Dark State (Limited)
Enforcement (Limited)
The Fever (Virtual)
St. Patrick’s Day (Limited)
Wojnarowicz: F**k You F-ggot F–ker (Virtual)

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 12-14, 2021

With nothing new in terms of wide releases, Raya and the Last Dragon shouldn’t maintain its top-spot position.

Our Highest Rated Films: Honeydew
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Come True (Limited)
Dutch (Limited)
The Inheritance (Limited)
Lamb of God: The Concert Film (Limited)
Never Gonna Snow Again (Limited)
Still Life in Lodz (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 5-7, 2021

With three new wide releases, it almost feels like things are back to normal. However, we’re still in the depressed pandemic box office with all but family films struggling to find their footing. This weekend, we have another film that’s going to take on Tom & Jerry for the top spot at the box office and if anyone can do it, it’s Disney. The big question is how they release it to Disney Plus and whether that deflates its potential.

Our Highest Rated Films: Raya and the Last Dragon, The Human Voice
Our Best Awards Ratings: Raya and the Last Dragon (Oscars), The Human Voice (Oscars), Chaos Walking (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Devil Below (Limited)
F.T.A. (Virtual)
Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman (Virtual)
Keep an Eye Out (Virtual)
No Place (Limited)
She Was the Deputy’s Wife (Limited)
Son (Limited)
Sophie Jones (Limited)
Stray (Limited)
The Truffle Hunters (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 26-28, 2021

It seems that animated or kid-friendly movies are doing far better at the pandemic box office than other types of movies as evinced by last week’s #1 finish for The Croods: A New Age in its thirteenth week in release. The film spent two weeks at number one upon release, spent eight weeks bouncing between second and third place and then jumped back to the top spot, which it has now held for two more weeks, bringing it to a total of five weeks at number 1 and thirteen weeks in the top 3, which will notch the film higher on the all-time top lists. Anyway, with a new animated picture coming out, more a combo live-action/animated film, the two-week reign should end with a new top finisher.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Father
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Father (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Independents (Limited)
My Zoe (Limited)
Safer at Home (Limited)
Things Don’t Stay Fixed (Limited)
Tyger Tyger (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 19-21, 2021

No more new wide releases this weekend and with the anemic box office of the President’s Day holiday weekend, there’s no telling what film will take the spotlight.

Our Highest Rated Films: Body Brokers, Days of the Bagnold Summer, Silk Road
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Angelique’s Isle (Limited)
Blithe Spirit (Limited)
The Courier (Limited)
Test Pattern (Virtual)
Truth to Power (Limited)
The Violent Heart (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 12-14, 2021

With two new wide releases this weekend, it’s a surprisingly bountiful weekend. That said, it’s one of the few so far this year with fewer still in sight. That said, Judas and the Black Messiah is likely to do much better than Land considering it lends itself more to box office sensation than does the introspective film Land. Still, the film’s releasing simultaneously on HBO Max, so it may not be much of a debut.

Our Highest Rated Films: Minari, Judas and the Black Messiah
Our Best Awards Ratings: Minari (Oscars), Judas and the Black Messiah (Oscars), French Exit (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Amazing Grace (Special Engagement)
The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw (Limited)
Irréversible — Inversion Intégrale (Limited)
The Mauritanian (Limited)
Meltdown (Limited)
Music (Limited)
Puaada (Limited)
Skyfire (Limited)
Twilight’s Kiss (Virtual)
Willy’s Wonderland (Limited)
A Writer’s Odyssey (Limited)
Young Hearts (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 5-7, 2021

Another week lacking in new wide releases means the same old films at the top of the list. Nothing to see here.

Our Highest Rated Films: Falling, Two of Us
Our Best Awards Ratings: Two of Us (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Angelique’s Isle (Limited)
Balloon Man (Virtual)
Dara Of Jasenovac (Limited)
A Glitch in the Matrix (Limited)
I’ll Meet You There (Virtual)
M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (Virtual)
The Mimic (Limited)
Minamata (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 29-31, 2021

With the star power of Denzel Washington alone, this should do quite well at a depressed box office. Rami Malek and Jared Leto aren’t likely to bring in many, if any, viewers, so it will be all Washington that sells this film and with neither The Marksman nor Wonder Woman 1984 putting up huge weekend numbers anymore, the top spot belongs to the thriller.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Dear Comrades! (Oscar Qualifying Run)
Finding You (Limited)
The Funeral Home (Virtual)
The Reunited States (Virtual)
Tomato Red: Blood Money (Limited)
True Mothers (Virtual)
Wrong Turn (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 22-24, 2021

There are no new wide releases again this week and with The Marksman stealing Wonder Woman 1984‘s crown, the race will either heat up or Marksman will take the top spot again.

Our Highest Rated Films: Identifying Features, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Brothers by Blood (Limited)
The Human Factor (Limited)
Notturno (Virtual)
Our Friend (Limited)
Regardless (Limited)
You Will Die at 20 (Virtual)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 15-17, 2021

With a single new wide release, it’s possible The Marksman claims to the top spot. Can it outperform Wonder Woman 1984? Possibly, but it could be a fight.

Our Highest Rated Films: My Little Sister
Our Best Awards Ratings: My Little Sister (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Acasa — My Home (Virtual)
American Skin (Limited)
The Bid (Limited)
Blizzard of Souls (Oscar Qualifying Run)
Bloody Hell (Limited)
MLK/FBI (Limited)
Some Kind of Heaven (Limited)
The Wake of Light (Virtual)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 8-10, 2021

There’s nothing new releasing wide again this week, which will make it a three-peat for Wonder Woman 1984.

Our Highest Rated Films: Herself
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Average Joe (Limited)
The Reason I Jump (Limited)
Zombie Bro (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 1-3, 2021

There are no new wide releases this weekend, so there should be no competition for the top of the box office. Wonder Woman 1984 will continue to hold the spot.

Our Highest Rated Films: Shadow in the Cloud
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

An Imperfect Murder

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