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. November 18th is really Thanksgiving weekend with the holiday taking place this next Thursday and many having the week off, there are seven new releases trying to dethrone Doctor Strange.
I feel like I’m falling behind on my homework. I still need to see The Arrival and Hacksaw Ridge and now seven films open this weekend, four of which are critically lauded. You can subtract the boxing movie, which is the only sport Hollywood cares about, in stark competition to its actual popularity. Amy Adams releases her second film in two weeks; this one a dramatic departure from her normal image in Nocturnal Animals. I’ve wanted to see Edge of Seventeen ever since I saw the trailer, which is one of the funniest I’ve seen in a long time (the red band version is funnier, but I try to keep the site PG-13). Manchester by the Sea is at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing. This all, and of course, we have JK Rowling’s screenwriting debut and the return of The Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Jo, can the sequel’s title be shorter because typing that for months has given me carpal tunnel?).
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Vin Diesel, R, 1hr 50min)
Bleed for this (Miles Teller, Cirian Hinds, R, 1hr 56min)
The Edge of Seventeen (Hailee Steinfeld, R, 1hr 38min)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
(Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, PG-13, 2hr 12min)
Manchester by the Sea (Casey Affleck, R, 2hr 15min)
Nocturnal Animals (Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, R, 1hr 55min)
The Take (Idris Elba, Charlotte Le Bon, R, 1hr 32min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT snapped a two week losing streak with a two week winning streak (and we’ll make it three this weekend) thanks to Doctor Strange’s introduction into the MCU. After an opening comparable to the first film for Captain America, Doctor Strange won last week with a very respectable second weekend take of $43.0 million. The animated film Trolls beat out the critically-hailed The Arrival to take second place with $35.0 million (Lifetime prediction record 32-5).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
This isn’t a hard pick, the only question will be: How much will a film set in the world of Harry Potter make without Harry Potter in it? Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is probably looking at a similar opening to Doctor Strange’s (between $80-90 million). It’s not that people don’t miss Harry Potter. Try getting a ticket for the stage play for Harry Potter 8 and you may be able to secure one some time in 2019. It’s that this is a period piece, with a new protagonist, no known characters from the original series, and it has plenty of competition. Like Dr. Strange had to establish himself, so does Newt Scamander. I’d wager both of their next films will easily top $100 million in their opening weekends. As it is, this still won’t be close. Fantastic Beasts will easily win this weekend.