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. This week brings the latest from director Darren Aronofsky and a potential franchise starter to bear against the reign of the evil clown movie. That is a sentence I was not ever prepared to write.
American Assassin is chronologically the first book in the Mitch Rapp series by the late author Vince Flynn, and was looked at as a potential franchise opener, but lackluster reviews and an evil clown make it unlikely that we’re going to see multiple entries in this, unfortunately. The odds of a film called AMERICAN ASSASSIN being an international hit, seem dim.
Darren Aronofsky’s thriller mother! (yes, lowercase “m” and punctuation in a title….thank you, Darren) is getting mixed to positive reviews. It has the star power of Jennifer Lawrence, but then Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t really had a hit since The Hunger Games ended. Aronofsky’s films have never really been huge box office draws, they have served more as showcases for actors during awards season (Natalie Portman and Mickey Rourke both owing their Oscars to Aronofsky), but this film being dumped in September seems to indicate the studio didn’t feel it had a great chance of getting much Oscar buzz.
American Assassin (Dylan O’Brien, R, 1hr 51min)
mother! (Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, R, 2hr 1min)
How Did We Do Last Week?
KT picked It to easily win last weekend, but the film doubled box office expectations, opening with $123.5 million with Home Again waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in second with $8.6 million. It smashed pretty much every record for a September opening that exists, nearly tripling the take of the previous record holder (Hotel Transylvania 2). It was the largest horror movie opening of all-time. It was the second biggest R-Rated movie opening of all-time. It made all that money while Florida was being steam cleaned by Hurricane Irma (Florida accounts usually for roughly 5% of the domestic box office), so it probably would have broken Deadpool’s record for largest R-Rated opening had Florida’s theaters not been shuttered. Thank you, America. You have ensured that my deep fear of clowns will be confronted head-on by a sequel, and that I am going to have to spend the rest of September (at least) peeking through half-closed eyes while I write this column.
(2017 Prediction Record: 33-4; Lifetime prediction record 71-9).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Neither newcomer has a chance of making the $50-$60 million that It is expected to bring in during its sophomore weekend. Pennywise may be on top of the box office until Blade Runner 2049 comes to town October 4th.