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. February 17th is a four-day weekend for a lot of people in the States for Presidents Day (insert your own joke about the current one here), and there are three underwhelming choices to greet it. Essentially, if you missed John Wick or Lego Batman (I’M GETTING TO THE REVIEW), that’s your best bet if you plan to head to the movies this weekend.
I remember the first time I saw the trailer for Matt Damon’s action film, The Wall, I honestly thought it was a parody. Because Matt Damon only does action movies if they have a Bourne in them and he generally picks pretty good projects. Director Zhang Yimou has made brilliant films himself and has a….you know what, this is just the dumbest looking movie I have seen in a long time and I have no idea what either of them were thinking. Keep that in mind if you watch the trailer for the other two wide releases this weekend: the idiotic looking Fist Fight or the deeply disturbing A Cure for Wellness. All three films are getting critically shellacked, so ask yourself…..have you seen all the nominees for Best Picture yet? Just a thought (unless it’s Manchester by the Sea, in which case I would see the wall first before sitting through that again).
A Cure for Wellness (Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan, R, 2hr 26min)
Fist Fight (Ice Cube, Charlie Day, R, 1hr 31min)
The Wall (Matt Damon, PG-13, 1hr 44min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
It wasn’t exactly a bold prediction, given The LEGO Movie phenomenon colliding with the most popular superhero on the planet that KT rightly picked The LEGO Batman Movie to win last weekend’s box office. Not quite hitting the heights of its 2014 predecessor, LEGO Batman still managed to rake in $53.1 million, outpacing fellow sequel Fifty Shades Darker, which finished second with $46.7 million.
(2017 Prediction Record: 5-2; Lifetime prediction record 43-7).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
None of the films released this weekend are going to get anywhere near LEGO Batman on a holiday weekend. Experts are predicting a $25 million opening for The Wall and I think that looks optimistic. The Brick Knight should have no problem whatsoever repeating last weekend’s win.