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. August has proven to be a missed opportunity for studios. With The Dark Tower‘s failure, any blockbuster with legs would have steamrolled for five weeks, but as it is we’ve seen record lows and this will likely be the worst summer in 25 years at the box office. This weekend sees five new wide releases, and a few look promising with good reviews, but you may have to seek them out.
There are no blockbusters in the six wide releases out this weekend, but three of them: Wind River, Ingrid Goes West, and Good Time, are getting very good reviews (all over 85% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing), the animated film Leap! (stop with the putting of punctuation in movie titles!) and the Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon…not so much. I’m not sure how many theaters will pick up the smaller, well-reviewed trio at the beginning as opposed to keeping summer kingpins from July like Spider-Man and Dunkirk, but if you’re looking for new possibilities this weekend, those are your best bets.
Birth of the Dragon (Phillip Ng, PG-13, 1hr 31min)
Good Time (Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, R, 1hr 40min)
Ingrid Goes West (Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, R 1hr 37min)
Leap! (Elle Fanning, Mel Brooks, PG, 1hr 29min)
Wind River (Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, R, 1hr 51min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT picked the star power of Reynolds and Jackson to trump the good reviews of Logan Lucky, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard won the lowest-grossing weekend of the summer with just $21.4 million, knocking Annabelle: Creation to second place with $17.4 million. Wonder Woman keeps chugging along, passing the $800 million mark worldwide.
(2017 Prediction Record: 30-4; Lifetime prediction record 68-9).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
If you thought last weekend’s box office was anemic, just wait until you see the numbers this weekend. Even with all these new films opening, I don’t think any of them will overcome even the normal 50-60% drop-off The Hitman’s Bodyguard will have, so look for the most underwhelming repeat atop the box office of the year.