Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. April 29th is the last of the calm before the NEXT Disney blockbuster to drop (Captain America: Civil War), but there are three new wide releases in Keanu, Mother’s Day and Ratchet & Clank.
Your best bet this weekend is if you’re a fan of the comedy team of Key & Peele, whose Keanu, is getting respectable reviews. As near as I can tell, the plot involves a cat and drug dealers, but good movies have been made based on less. Gary Marshall directs a star-studded timely comedy in Mother’s Day, which was at 14% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of publication. Your other option has not been released to critics for review (unless a Star Wars film NEVER A GOOD SIGN). I think it’s safe to say that Ratchet & Clank isn’t going to be the film to break the video game adaptation curse. Essentially, this is a dumping ground week before the juggernaut of the Marvel Cinematic Universe rolls into town and begins printing money.
Keanu (Key & Peele, R, 1hr 40min)
Mother’s Day (Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, PG-13, 1hr 58min)
Ratchet and Clank (Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, PG, 1hr 34min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT picked Disney’s The Jungle Book to remain on top for a second week, and the film pulled in another $61.5 million. Word-of-mouth and repeat business are keeping the film’s momentum going. Waaaay behind in second place was The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which opened with a paltry $19.4 million (Lifetime record 6-2).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Disney’s The Jungle Book should make it a hat trick unless Key & Peele’s cult following swarms the theaters, but I don’t think it will be enough to stop Mowgli & Company.