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. After basically not even trying for a month, the first “blockbuster” film of the fall hits this weekend along with some serious 180 degree counterprogramming from Reese Witherspoon.
OOOOOkay, so let’s talk about Home Again first. The mid-life crisis/romantic comedy from Reese Witherspoon is getting largely panned by critics but it is DEFINITELY serious counter-programming to the weekend’s big release, which we are going to now briefly discuss for the first time on the site and there’s a reason for that.
I hate clowns. Maybe you’re out there, you do the…clown thing for kids, maybe you think you’re doing good (and a lot of kids love clowns…unnatural ankle biters). However, if you look over, you’ll see a group of kids in the corner with sharp objects and I would be one of those kids. I will not so much watch the trailer for It, the critically acclaimed adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about an actual clown. By that I don’t so much mean a real-life clown, but a clown showing its true demonic, child eating, unnatural nature. So I hate clowns. So I am super stoked that It will end up being the #1 film in the country and unavoidable for at least a week. It’s currently at 89% at Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing.
Home Again (Reese Witherspoon, PG-13, 2hr 0min)
It (Bill Skarsgard, R, 2hr 15min)
How Did We Do Last Week?
KT picked The Hitman’s Bodyguard to become the least impressive three-time box office champion ever, and it did not disappoint (or did depending on how you want to look at it). The Labor Day box office weekend was so low you have to go back to the 1990s to find a comparably anemic take. The Hitman’s Bodyguard pulled in $10.6 million and Annabelle: Creation also still hung around in second with $7.6 million.
(2017 Prediction Record: 32-4; Lifetime prediction record 70-9).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Between a huge lull in the box office and the power of bored horror fans, It should open very big for a September release. Hurricane Irma may depress its box office somewhat, but not enough to keep it from blowing The Hitman’s Bodyguard away.