Category: Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 24-26, 2022

After a disappointing opening for Lightyear, both of this week’s new releases have a shot at topping the charts with Elvis having a slight edge over The Black Phone. The former tackles the life story of a beloved musical icon. The latter is a horror film. In a sea of disappointing box office returns for horror films, it’s possible it could falter out of the gate. Then again, it looks to be more inventive than a lot of recent disappointments, so it could do well.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Black Phone, Elvis
Our Best Awards Ratings: Elvis (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Apples (Limited)
Beba (Limited)
Fireangels 2: A Drifter’s Nightmare (Limited)
The Human Trial (Limited)
Press Play (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 17-19, 2022

There will be no stopping Lightyear being the weekend’s top release even Jurassic World: Dominion in its second week will struggle to keep up.

Our Highest Rated Films: Lightyear, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Our Best Awards Ratings: Lightyear (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Bitterbrush (Limited)
Blowback (Limited)
The Book Keepers (Limited)
Civil: Ben Crump (Limited)
The Lost Girls (Limited)
A Man of Integrity (Limited)
Mid-Century (Limited)
Stay Prayed Up (Limited)
The Witch 2: The Other One (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 10-12, 2022

The third week of Top Gun: Maverick takes on the first week of Jurassic World: Dominion. It isn’t really a contest as Universal’s still-popular dinosaur franchise should have little trouble topping $100 million in its opening frame. Both of its predecessors did, though the second was a drastic drop from the $200 million-plus the first Jurassic World opened to.

Our Highest Rated Films: Jurassic World: Dominion
Our Best Awards Ratings: Jurassic World: Dominion (Oscars), Lost Illusions (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Block Party (Wide)
Mad God (Limited)
Tahara (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 3-5, 2022

There’s nothing to keep Top Gun: Maverick from maintaining the top spot. While this week’s new release is going to top itself since it has no other competition, I could also imagine it placing outside the top ten.

Our Highest Rated Films: Benedcition, Eiffel
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Dashcam (Limited)
Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story (Limited)
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Limited)
Frank & Penelope (Limited)
Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy (Limited)
The Overnight (Limited)
Poser (Limited)
Prithviraj (Limited)
The Score (Limited)
The Time Capsule (Limited)
Wolf Hound (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: May 27-29, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be going down this weekend as Tom Cruise’s first new feature in four years rides the wave of sensational reviews to a box office-topping victory 36 years ago. That film spent a total of three non-consecutive weeks at the top of the box office, its first, fourth, and 19th weekends of release. That film topped out at $180.5 million, which is around $465 million in today’s dollars. Can this film perform comparably? It’s not likely, but anything is possible.

Our Highest Rated Films: Top Gun: Maverick
Our Best Awards Ratings: Top Gun: Maverick (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

18 1/2 (Limited)
Playlist (Limited)
Rite of the Shaman (Limited)
Starbright (Limited)
A Taste of Whale (Limited)
The Tsugua Diaries (Limited)
Zero Contact (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: May 20-22, 2022

It will be interesting to see if the Downton Abbey sequel manages to take the number one slot off of Doctor Strange‘s hands in its third week. I suspect it probably won’t, but anything is possible.

Our Highest Rated Films: Men & Downton Abbey: A New Era
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

2,000 Mules (Limited)
Digger (Limited)
Good Mourning (Limited)
Hold Your Fire (Limited)
The Race to Alaska (Limited)
Vendetta (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: May 13-15, 2022

Not terribly long ago, studios released one major box office contender a week and thanks to the pandemic that seems to be what we’re back to as we’ve seldom had more than one release a week. This week’s effort is Firestarter, a re-adaptation of an early Stephen King novel. I doubt that it can overcome the second week of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but it should do well enough to come in second.

Our Highest Rated Films: On the Count of Three, Montana Story
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Family Camp (Limited)
Foxhole (Limited)
Jayeshbhai Jordaar (Limited)
Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story (Limited)
Mau (Limited)
Private Property (Limited)
Tankhouse (Limited)
Vendetta (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: May 6-8, 2022

There is no competition this weekend for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Even if there were, there would be no competition for the certain number one film of the week.

Our Highest Rated Films: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Our Best Awards Ratings: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES


Escape the Field (Limited)
In Front of Your Face (Limited)
The Little Sorcerer (Limited)
A Love Takes Pairs (Limited)
Lux Aeterna (Limited)
Remembering Heaven (Limited)
Respect the Jux (Limited)
Suicide for Beginners (Limited)
The Sanctity of Space (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 29-May 1, 2022

Not much is new this weekend, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for Liam Neeson to once again take the top of the box office chart. His films are usually strong out of the gate even if they aren’t always strong in the long haul.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Black Site (Limited)
Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen (Limited)
Green Ghost & The Masters of the Stone (Limited)
Hello, Bookstore (Limited)
Pompo: The Cinéphile (Limited)
The Sound of Violet (Limited)
Vortex (Limited)
The Will to See (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 22-24, 2022

Memory is the latest Liam Neeson action thriller on deck and with the weak performance of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Memory should easily capture the top spot.

Our Highest Rated Films: Petite Maman
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Northman (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Arisaka (Limited)
Charlotte (Limited)
The Duke (Limited)
Immortal Soul (Limited)
Marvelous and the Black Hole (Limited)
The Revolution Generation (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 15-17, 2022

The third film in the Fantastic Beasts series releases this weekend. The second film, which disappointed some, opened to $62 million. Even a slight dip from there could still earn the top spot at the box office as long as Sonic 2 doesn’t have a surprisingly strong holdover.

Our Highest Rated Films: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Oscars)
Our Best Awards Ratings: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Inland Empire (Limited)
Jersey (Limited)
Room 203 (Limited)
To Olivia (Limited)
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 8-10, 2022

Can Ambulance do what Morbius could not? It’s possible, though Sonic the Hedgehog 2 could prove to be a capable competitor as well.

Our Highest Rated Films: All the Old Knives
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

a-ha: The Movie (Limited)
Cow (Limited)
Donbass (Limited)
The Girl & The Spider (Limited)
High Expectations (Limited)
¡Viva Maestro! (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 1-3, 2022

Sony’s Marvel properties get another infusion of antiheroes, but so far there’s no sign that anyone’s that excited about this one. Still, facing off against the fading likes of The Batman and the second week of The Lost City, it will likely still top the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Rose Maker
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Boon (Limited)
The Bubble (Limited)
Bull (Limited)
The Case for Heaven (Special Engagement)
Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art (Limited)
Gagarine (Limited)
Kicking Blood (Limited)
Memoria (Limited)
The Nameless Days (Limited)
Never Forget Tibet (Special Engagement)
Pushing Hands (Limited)
Waterman (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 25-27, 2022

With The Batman having dominated the last 3 weekends, it’s time for a new champion and unlike this past weekend, there is only one major release and it is very likely to topple the dark knight. The Lost City features Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe. With plenty of advertising to support the film, it is sure to play well to wide audiences.

Our Highest Rated Films: Everything Everywhere All At Once
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

7 Days (Limited)
The Duke (Limited)
The Greatest Inheritance (Limited)
Ink & Linda (Limited)
King Otto (Limited)
The Last Glaciers (IMAX)
RRR (IMAX)
So Cold The River (Limited)
Stunt Rock (Limited)
Surviving Sex Trafficking (Limited)
Topside (Limited)
Wood and Water (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 18-20, 2022

The Batman had such a strong holdover in its second week, it’s unlikely that this week’s new releases will be able to overcome that. Umma will try incredibly hard, though.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Unbreakable Boy (Wide)
Expired (Limited)
The Hater (Limited)
Jane by Charlotte (Limited)
Laleh Drive (Limited)
Mau (Limited)
Mr. Klein (Limited)
The Torch (Limited)

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