Category: Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: May 14-16, 2021

The busiest weekend of the late-pandemic box office yet finds four films releasing wide this weekend. Finding You seems like the kind of film that never quite matches studio expectations. Profile doesn’t have the kind of premise that plays well to broad audiences. Spiral will test whether the horror box office numbers are ready to rebound as this is one of the genres that’s most struggled during the pandemic, but it’s also the only film releasing this weekend that seems like a chart-topping winner. Those Who Wish Me Dead is likely to compete for second with Angelina Jolie in peril, which might just bring a few people to the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: Profile, Those Who Wish Me Dead
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Finding You (Wide)
Profile (Wide)
Spiral (Wide)
Those Who Wish Me Dead (Wide)
The Djinn (Limited)
Georgetown (Limited)
Los Hermanos/The Brothers (Limited)
The Killing of Two Lovers (Limited)
The Man in the Hat (Limited)
The Perfect Candidate (Limited)
La piscine (Limited)
Punk the Capital (Limited)
Riders of Justice (Limited)
RK/RKAY (Limited)
There Is No Evil (Limited)
Us Kids (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: May 7-9, 2021

With a disappointing couple of weeks at the box office, two new films are hoping to change the calculus. Here Today is a comedy from the mind of Billy Crystal and co-starring Tiffany Haddish. Both have decent bases of appreciation, so it could perform well. The same could be said of Guy Ritchie’s new film, Wrath of Man, starring Jason Statham. Historically, Statham’s non-franchise action films tend to do poorly and this looks to be one. The pair of Ritchie and Statham might signify a larger chance of success or it could spell disaster. We’ll see what kinds of films audiences will be willing to make it to the theater for with this week’s performances.

Our Highest Rated Films: Here Today
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Above Suspicion (Limited)
Duty Free (Limited)
Terrible Child (Limited)
The Human Factor (Limited)
My Love (Limited)
The Paper Tigers (Limited)
Undergods (Limited)
White People Money (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 30-May 2, 2021

With only one new wide release, it should conceivably be able to top the charts, but the one typically consistent box office performer that took a huge hit from the pandemic and has yet to rebound effectively is horror films, so whether this can take the top spot from the second week of Mortal Kombat remains to be seen.

Our Highest Rated Films: Cliff Walkers
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

In Silico (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 23-25, 2021

After a lull in new wide releases, we get two simultaneously. Although Hollywood is still adapting to the new normal, as the summer progresses we should see more such films, though not in the bountiful numbers we’re used to. Of this week’s new releases, only Mortal Kombat has the potential to win the weekend. Godzilla vs. Kong is long enough in the tooth to potentially be no threat, but there’s no guarantee another adaptation of Mortal Kombat will turn out audiences.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train (Wide)
Grace Fury (Virtual)
The Race to Save the World (Virtual)
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 16-18, 2021

There are no new wide releases this week, leaving Godzilla vs. Kong with a clear path to a third week at the top of the box office after last week’s flop of wide opener Voyagers.

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

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Beast Beast (Limited)
Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (Limited)
For the Sake of Vicious (Limited)
Gunda (Limited)
Killer Among Us (Limited)
Princess DayaReese (Limited)
The Rookies (Limited)
SAS: Red Notice (Limited)
Sweet River (Limited)
Trigger Point (Limited)
We Broke Up (Limited)

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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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