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. May 12th is another sacrificial lamb week. No one wants to take on the money printing juggernaut that is Marvel/Disney’s Captain America: Civil War. The highest profile film, George Clooney’s Money Makers, had not been released to critics at the time of this writing, which is not a good sign at all. A number of smaller films are opening, some with great reviews, so your best option, if you’re not seeing Civil War again, is to try one of them.
You have it all this week. You can go with the big picture and Clooney and Roberts in Money Makers. You can go horror with The Darkness. If you like Jane Austen, there’s Love & Friendship. If you want to laugh at Nicolas Cage, he’s in a movie too, or you can puzzle over The Lobster. Of all these releases, Ewan McGregor’s Last Days in the Desert is likely the only one I’ll look for once it hits the home circuit.
The Darkness (Kevin Bacon, PG-13, 1hr 32min)
High-Rise (Tom Hiddleston, R, 1hr 52min)
Last Days in the Desert (Ewan McGregor, PG-13, 1hr 38min)
The Lobster (Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, R, 1hr 58min)
Love & Friendship (Kate Beckinsale, PG, 1hr 34min)
Money Monster (George Clooney, Julia Roberts, R, 1hr 30min)
The Trust (Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, R, 1hr 32min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT went with the obvious pick of Captain America and it delivered the 5th biggest opening of all-time with $179.2 million. Light years behind, in second place, was the three-time champ Disney’s The Jungle Book with $24.5 million. Zootopia and Batman vs. Superman are literally a million dollars apart for #1 film of the year, but I have a feeling by sometime next week, Captain America will make that battle irrelevant. Heck, The Jungle Book is going to pass both of them too. Thanks to the good Captain for raising my prediction record to 80%. (Lifetime record 8-2).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
I’m just going to say this now, though we’ll continue to play it out: Cap is going to win this weekend and next weekend. It wouldn’t matter if it had competition and it really doesn’t. At the end of the month, it faces X-Men: Apocalypse, but with the horrid reviews that film is getting, maybe its reign will last to June. I don’t think you’ll see another film rack up this much bank until Rogue One in December.