Category: Looking at the Weekend

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

Two new release and two expansions are fighting for consideration this Thanksgiving. Devotion and Strange World are new while Bones and All and The Fabelmans are expanding. You can probably set aside Bones and All and Devotion. Neither film has the crossover carry potential to take the top spot at the box office. Strange World has the Disney label while Fabelmans has Spielberg. That said, Strange World has more broad appeal than Fabelmans since the latter isn’t really an action-adventure or family-adventure film like much of what used to make the most money for Spielberg.

Our Highest Rated Films: Strange World
Our Best Awards Ratings: Strange World (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Bones and All (Expands Wide)
The Fabelmans (Expands Wide)
All The Beauty And The Bloodshed (Limited)
Battle For Saipan (Limited)
Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (Limited)
Leonor Will Never Die (Limited)
The Son (Limited)

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

While it would be impossible for anything but Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to top the box office this weekend, of the two new releases, neither really seems like a dominant type of film, so I suspect that The Menu may end up on top of the two.

Our Highest Rated Films: She Said
Our Best Awards Ratings: She Said (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Actual People (Limited)
Bad Axe (Limited)
Bantú Mama (Limited)
Behind the Card (Limited)
Drishyam 2 (Limited)
EO (Limited)
Facing Monsters (Limited)
Flaming Ears (Limited)
The Great Basin (Limited)
Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter (Limited)
Memories of My Father (Limited)
Missing (Limited)
Only in Theaters (Limited)
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (Limited)
Stutz (Limited)
The Voice of Dust and Ash (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 11-13, 2022

There’s only one new wide release this weekend and that’s because there is no film that could successfully compete with it. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a sequel to the $700+ million dollar blockbuster Black Panther, is sure to dominate the box office for the next few weeks until the Avatar releases in December. That’s quite a bit of time, though, so whether it can stay at the top of the box office all those intervening weeks, I don’t know. Suffice it to say, reigning 3-week champion Black Adam will hand over its crown to the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Fabelmans, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Fabelmans, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Son

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

A Couple (Limited)
Dylan and Zoey (Limited)
Facing Monsters (Limited)
The Great Basin (Limited)
Manifest West (Limited)
The Pay Day (Limited)
Rosé All Day (Limited)
Stutz (Limited)
Uunchai (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 4-6, 2022

We have one new wide release, One Piece Film: Red, and one expanding feature, Armageddon Time. Neither is likely to outperform the third weekend of Black Adam, so we’ll see.

Our Highest Rated Films: Armageddon Time
Our Best Awards Ratings: Armageddon Time (Oscars), Cuaseways (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

1-800-Hot-Nite (Limited)
Black Notebooks: Ronit (Limited)
The Box (Limited)
Calendar Girls (Limited)
Dear Zoe (Limited)
Good Night Oppy (Limited)
James Hemings: Ghost in America’s Kitchen (Limited)
Meet Me in the Bathroom (Limited)
The Minute You Wake Up Dead (Limited)
Missing (Limited)
Phone Bhoot (Limited)
Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams (Limited)
Shadow Master (Limited)
Soft & Quiet (Limited)
Something in the Dirt (Limited)
A Unicorn for Christmas (Limited)
The Wonder (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 28-30, 2022

This week’s wide releases are more horror fodder for audiences, but won’t provide an incredibly strong weekend as a result. Prey for the Devil may struggle to overcome the second week of Black Adam, but as the only new wide release, it will have those who’ve seen those prior films as an available choice.

Our Highest Rated Films: Call Jane
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

TÁR (Expands Wide)
The Ambush (Limited)
Armageddon Time (Limited)
Har Har Mahadev (Limited)
Holy Spider (عنكبوت مقدس) (Limited)
Hot Blooded: Once Upon a Time in Korea (Limited)
A Hundred Billion Key (Limited)
The Lair (Limited)
Let There Be Drums (Limited)
My Special Boy (Limited)
The Novelist’s Film (Limited)
Please Baby Please (Limited)
Ram Setu (Limited)
Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend (Limited)
A Savannah Haunting (Limited)
The System (Limited)
Ten-Cent Daisy (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 21-23, 2022

From the soft debut of Halloween Ends to the likely stellar debut of Black Adam what a difference a week can make. Black Adam faces only minor competition from Julia Roberts and George Clooney whose romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise faces unknown circumstances.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Banshees of Inisherin, Wendell & Wild
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Banshees of Inisherin (Oscars), Wendell & Wild (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

All That Breathes (Limited)
Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (Limited)
Brother’s Keeper (Limited)
Dangerous Game: The Legacy Murders (Limited)
Descendant (Limited)
The Domestic (Limited)
The Fire That Took Her (Limited)
The Good Nurse (Limited)
Hunted (Limited)
Looking for Home (Limited)
Paul’s Promise (Limited)
The Pez Outlaw (Limited)
The Return Of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile (Limited)
Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology (Limited)
Slash/Back (Limited)
Slayers (Limited)
Voodoo Macbeth (Limited)
Where Are You (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 14-16, 2022

With Smile trying for a third week at the top of the box office chart, its chances are slim with the literally ultimate Halloween film, Halloween Ends, releasing. Jamie Lee Curtis’ final outing as Laurie Strode should do well at the box office and handily top the chart.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday (Limited)
Bitch Ass (Limited)
Cat Daddies (Limited)
Dreams of Darkness (Limited)
Eternal Spring (Limited)
Game of Love (Limited)
Hopper: An American Love Story (Limited)
Meeting Kate (Limited)
The Other Tom (Limited)
Phantom Project (Limited)
Plan A (Limited)
Raymond and Ray (Limited)
The Same Storm (Limited)
Scrap (Limited)
Sell/Buy/Date (Limited)
Sheltering Season (Limited)
Silent River (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 7-9, 2022

With two new wide releases, both coming on the heels of the success of Smile, the weekend’s top spot is up for grabs. Likely to come in first is kids book adaptation Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile with original music by The Greatest Showman composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and sung by Shawn Mendes. The film has all the earmarks for a solid box office performer, while its competition does not. David O. Russell has made some popular films, but his most popular ones were major Oscar players and Amsterdam is not that, so I don’t expect it to do much business.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Ask Me To Dance (Limited)
Battleground (Limited)
Bromates (Limited)
Dark Glasses (Limited)
The Inhabitant (Limited)
Last Flight Home (Limited)
To Leslie (Limited)
Life & Life (Limited)
Losing Ground (Limited)
Project Wolf Hunting (Limited)
Sanctioning Evil (Limited)
Signs of Love (Limited)
The Swimmer (Limited)
Terrifier 2 (Limited)
When the Music Changes (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 30-Oct. 2, 2022

Two new wide releases will compete for the top of the box office against the second weekend of Don’t Worry, Darling and The Woman King. The Woman King didn’t have the best second-weekend hold, so it’s not likely to compete, but new releases Bros and Smile do have that opportunity. We don’t know how a gay rom com is going to play at the box office as we don’t have any precedents to look at. Smile, on the other hand, is playing towards the Halloween crowd and will likely do well because of that.

Our Highest Rated Films: Bros, God’s Creatures
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Among the Living (Limited)
Argentina, 1985 (Limited)
Art & Krimes by Krimes (Limited)
Dead for a Dollar (Limited)
Devil’s Workshop (Limited)
Inhospitable (Limited)
Masking Threshold (Limited)
Spirit Halloween: The Movie (Limited)
Wolf Pack (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 23-25, 2022

There’s one new wide release, one expanding feature, and one re-release headed to the box office this weekend and while the re-release of Avatar is likely to top the charts, Don’t Worry, Darling being the only new wide release is likely to come in above Moonage Daydream, a documentary about David Bowie.

Our Highest Rated Films: Don’t Worry, Darling, Carmen
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Moonage Daydream (Expands Wide)
Blank (Limited)
Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche (Limited)
Control (Limited)
Cuando Sea Joven (Limited)
Give Me Five (Limited)
The Infernal Machine (Limited)
Invisible Demons (Limited)
On the Come Up (Limited)
Petrov’s Flu (Limited)
The Railway Children (Limited)
Section 8 (Limited)
Young Plato (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 16-18, 2022

A whole herd of new releases stamped this weekend’s box office. Currently, there are four new wide releases and one expansion headed for cineplexes. While it’s possible a couple of those might end up with more limited releases, of the ones we know for certain will stay wide (Clerks III, which is expanding; See How They Run and The Woman King), Viola Davis’ film has the strongest hand to play. That said, if Pearl goes wide, it could be a surprise hit since inventive horror sometimes does quite well.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Running The Bases (Wide)
The African Desperate (Limited)
The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales (Limited)
Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale (Limited)
Dos Estaciones (Limited)
Goodbye, Don Glees! (Limited)
Gratitude Revealed (Limited)
The Modern Way (Limited)
Moonage Daydream (Limited)
The Retaliators (Limited)
Riotsville, U.S.A. (Limited)
Taming the Garden (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 9-11, 2022

The prospects for this weekend’s box office are not particularly great. Three new wide releases hope to break through the morass of old releases in hopes of finding an audience. Horror, Bollywood, and period dramas are on top and none of them look terribly promising. Barbarian likely has the best chance, an average horror film that piques an interest that often does moderately well with audiences. Bollywood hasn’t had as much success, so Brahmastra isn’t likely to come out on top. Then there’s Medieval. Without a major name to pull audiences to the theater, don’t expect it to do terribly well.

Our Highest Rated Films: Hold Me Tight, House of Darkness
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

After Ever Happy (Limited)
Bad Candy (Limited)
Hockeyland (Limited)
The Story of Film: A New Generation (Limited)
True Things (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 2-4, 2022

There’s only one new wide release this weekend and after the anemia of the prior frame, Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. has a clear path towards victory. That is if it can overcome the re-release of Jaws and Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s Labor Day weekend, so the likelihood of any film doing really well is low.

Our Highest Rated Films: Gigi & Nate
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Blind Ambition (Limited)
Clerks III (Limited)
The Harbinger (Limited)
Peter von Kant (Limited)
Wire Room (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 26-28, 2022

With two new wide releases, neither with the best prospects at huge openings, Three Thousand Years of Longing seems the better bet to win out over The Invitation and that could also mean the top spot at the weekend box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: Three Thousand Years of Longing
Our Best Awards Ratings: Three Thousand Years of Longing (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Alienoid (Limited)
Free Puppies! (Virtual)
Highway One (Limited)
Jane (Limited)
Last Journey of Paul W.R. (Limited)
Private Desert (Limited)
York Witches’ Society (Limited)
The Youth Governor (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 19-21, 2022

There aren’t a lot of options this weekend for huge openings, so between Beast and Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Beast seems the more likely to top the other, but neither are compelling box office contenders.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Bullet Proof (Limited)
Dinner Party (Limited)
The Runner (Limited)
The Territory (Limited)
Three Minutes – A Lengthening (Limited)

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