Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 11-13, 2016

Four films open wide this weekend and which of them will be the top release? That all depends on audience expectations. While a second week for Zootopia wouldn’t be out of the question, of the four releases, any of them could score a decent opening. 10 Cloverfield Lane, a side-sequel to Cloverfield had a surprise release announcement and will need to parlay that into solid box office. The original film made $80 million in its 2008 run with half of that coming from opening weekend. The film has built a cult reputation since, so it could approach that and is probably the film with the best chance of topping Zootopia.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Brothers Grimsby hopes to lure gross-out comedy fans to the theater while Deadpool is still doing blockbuster business. That could be a crutch. After Cohen’s last film opened with a weak $17 million, the Borat opening of $23 million and Bruno opening of $30 million don’t seem very possible. It could open close to The Dictator‘s numbers, but a lot will depend on how eager audiences are to watch this film.

Romantic comedies don’t ignite the box office anymore, which could hurt The Perfect Match in its attempt to stand out from other releases. It also targets a narrow demographic, but that demographic will turn out with the right film. Paula Patton’s last debut was for About Last Night two years ago and it pulled in $25 million. It was her best debut to date, but few of her other performances were headlining films, so this could be a boost for her.

That leaves the week’s fourth release, The Young Messiah scrambling for a place in the Top 10. Targeting the same audience that gave Risen a lackluster $11 million debut three weeks ago, this Easter-targeted release will struggle against historical data to top Risen‘s total. Yet, if church audiences pony up for the film that fictionalizes the childhood of Jesus Christ, it could pass both Grimsby and Perfect Match, though beyond that is doubtful.

Our Highest Rated Films: Creative Control
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Brothers Grimsby (Razzies)

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Mar. 11-13, 2016

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10 Cloverfield Lane

(Wide Release)
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5.8
Wesley Lovell: (6)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)
Tripp Burton: (6)
Thomas LaTourrette: (6)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): I liked, but did not adore Cloverfield, so I’m mixed in my desire to see the film. John Goodman provides a decent impetus, but it may not be enough.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Low budget sci-fi film looks okay for a Saturday afternoon viewing on home video.
Tripp Burton (TB): This looks like an interesting film, and I love that Abrams’ team can keep making these “secret” films in this day and age.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): This could be interesting, though John Goodman’s films have been very hit and miss. The trailer is not that good, but hints at deeper issues. Could be good or just not worthwhile.

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The Brothers Grimsby

(Wide Release)
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1.3
Wesley Lovell: (0)
Peter J. Patrick: (2)
Tripp Burton: (1)
Thomas LaTourrette: (2)

2.0
Wesley Lovell: (8,Razzies)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • Picture (WL)
  • Director (WL)
  • Actor (WL)
  • Supporting Actor (WL)
  • Writing (WL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): I’ve never found Sacha Baron Cohen funny and while minor aspects of the trailer look funny, after his repugnant bit at the Oscars, I’m not really interested in giving him money.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Another silly looking comedy from the extremely annoying Sacha Baron Cohen is not my cup of tea.
Tripp Burton (TB): I would be happy never seeing Sacha Baron Cohen again.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Like most of Sacha Baron Cohen’s films, this looks pretty bad. Actually, it looks atrocious.

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The Perfect Match

(Wide Release)
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3.8
Wesley Lovell: (3)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)
Tripp Burton: (3)
Thomas LaTourrette: (4)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): What appears to be a typical romantic film doesn’t have me that excited.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Routine looking comedy might be OK for a Saturday night on home video.
Tripp Burton (TB): Who is going to start making interesting looking romantic comedies again? I miss them.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Another failed attempt at a rom-com where opposites end up attracting by the final reel.

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The Young Messiah

(Wide Release)
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2.3
Wesley Lovell: (0)
Peter J. Patrick: (4)
Tripp Burton: (3)
Thomas LaTourrette: (2)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): More historical rewriting into which to shoehorn a dramatic story. This kind of thing bothers me more than your typical religious content.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): The audience for Jesus: The Missing Years is probably grade school kids during their Spring Break.
Tripp Burton (TB): Who is going to start making interesting looking Biblical epics again? I miss them.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): This looks way too treacly for all but the most faithful.

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Barney Thomson

(Limited Release)
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6.0
Wesley Lovell: (5)
Peter J. Patrick: (7)
Tripp Burton: (5)
Thomas LaTourrette: (7)

1.3
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (5,Globes)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • Actor (PP)
  • Actress (PP)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): With that cast, it would be a shame if it was bad.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Off-beat Scottish black comedy looks promising.
Tripp Burton (TB): This looks amusing enough to be checked out when it is on basic cable in a couple of years on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): It looks like it could be a fun dark comedy, if you can understand the accents. Emma Thompson is hysterical in the trailer.

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Creative Control

(Limited Release)
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6.5
Wesley Lovell: (10)
Peter J. Patrick: (2)
Tripp Burton: (7)
Thomas LaTourrette: (7)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): That trailer is so twisted and unusual that I can’t help but be intrigued by the possibilities.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Very strange looking film about a very weird subject – augmented reality.
Tripp Burton (TB): A really interesting premise, but I’m not sure if the execution looks like it is all there.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Early reviews on this virtual reality movie are good, but the trailer leans more towards humor than serious, which may prove a detriment over time.

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Lolo

(Limited Release)
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5.3
Wesley Lovell: (3)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)
Tripp Burton: (6)
Thomas LaTourrette: (6)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): This French comedy doesn’t look nearly as entertaining as past Julie Delpy works.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): French comedy from actress Julie Delpy could be fun.
Tripp Burton (TB): None of Julie Delpy’s directorial efforts have quite matched some of her acting triumphs, but I’m always excited to see what she is doing.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): It looks well cast, but not interesting enough as a film. Not sure that it will prove to be as humorous as it wants to be.

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Marguerite

(Limited Release)
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6.0
Wesley Lovell: (6)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)
Tripp Burton: (7)
Thomas LaTourrette: (6)

0.8
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (3,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Production Design (TL)
  • Costume Design (TL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): The premise is intriguing, but the trailer doesn’t suggest there’s much of a resolution to be had.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): I prefer to wait for the real story of Frances Foster Jenkins played by Meryl Streep coming later this year.
Tripp Burton (TB): A great premise for a film that could be a below-the-radar gem.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): A film about a delusional singer who has no voice nor anyone willing to tell her that. It could be painfully funny, or merely painful, not sure which it will prove to be.

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Remember

(Limited Release)
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6.0
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (8)
Tripp Burton: (7)
Thomas LaTourrette: (5)

1.3
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (5,Globes)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • Actor (PP)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Sadly, this looks like a cheap revenge thriller intended to pull in two once-popular aging stars without much risk of payoff.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Atom Egoyan’s Holocaust survival drama looks interesting.
Tripp Burton (TB): Atom Egoyan hasn’t had a well-received film in a while, but with this cast it could be worth checking out
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Christopher Plummer looks good, but the far fetched plot will probably sink this film.

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Rise of the Legend

(Limited Release)
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3.3
Wesley Lovell: (2)
Peter J. Patrick: (7)
Tripp Burton: (2)
Thomas LaTourrette: (2)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): I’m not a big fan of martial arts pictures, so this doesn’t appeal much to me.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Historical Chinese drama looks worth seeing.
Tripp Burton (TB): Nothing in this film makes it look of interest to me.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Another martial arts film full of unbelievable attacks, and nothing about the trailer interests me.

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