Christian Bale, The Promise

In Theaters This Week (4/21/2017): Free Fire, Unforgettable, The Promise

Free Fire, Brie Larson

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.  F8 has three new challengers to its reign, but nothing is going to stop its reign atop the box office this week or next.  It’s going to take a couple Guardians of the Galaxy to stop them.

Katherine Heigl, Unforgettable

The best reviewed movie of the weekend is Brie Larson’s Free Fire, which, I have to say has possibly the most language in any trailer I’ve ever seen green or red band so DO NOT COMPLAIN TO ME BECAUSE I AM WARNING YOU (mom).  It appears to be about an arms deal gone bad and is only 85 minutes long….there’s shooting.  Than there’s the Katherine Heigl vs. Rosario Dawson “you stole my man” drama Unforgettable, which looks anything but.  The disappointment this week is that the Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac drama The Promise about the Armenian genocide looks to have fallen short of the potential of both its star power and subject matter.

 

Free Fire (Brie Larson, R, 1hr 25min) RED BAND TRAILER WARNING

The Promise (Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, PG-13, 2hr 14m)

Unforgettable (Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, R, 1hr 41m)

HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT, after weeks of trying to cope with The Boss Baby phenomenon, had an easy call last week picking The Fate of the Furious.  Not only did the film win the weekend, it broke Star Wars Episode VII‘s record for largest global opening ever with $532 million.  Domestically, the film made $98.2 million, squashing The Boss Baby down to #2 with $16.1 million.

Beauty and the Beast continues to move up the all-time box office charts, still steadily earning.  The film has now made $1.048 billion globally, which has it in 21st place all-time.  It should crack the Top 20 this weekend.  Domestically, the film is currently in 11th place all-time.  It will pass #10 Star Wars Episode IV and could pass #9 Star Wars Episode I this week.  I think the film will eventually pass #8 Finding Dory and settle there.  I don’t think it has enough gas left to reach #7 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  If this plays out, Disney will have half of the top 10 highest grossing films in US history.
(2017 Prediction Record: 13-3; Lifetime prediction record 51-8).
Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel, The Fate of the Furious

 

WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Don’t look for F8 to slow down much at all.  Nothing opening this week is going to come close to challenging April’s box office king.
Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, The Fate of the Furious

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