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 three lukewarmly-reviewed wide releases and two highly-regarded limited releases to try to knock that stupid clown off the top of the box office.
The two films getting stellar reviews are Battle of the Sexes and Stronger. They open in limited release this week and should expand over the next few weeks. Battle of the Sexes recounts one of the few times tennis became part of the cultural zeitgeist with Steve Carrell playing Bobby Riggs and Emma Stone playing Billie Jean King. Stronger is the true story of the survival of a double amputee survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany, the film is currently at a rock solid 96% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing.
Battle of the Sexes (Steve Carrell, Emma Stone, PG-13, 2hr 1min)
Friend Request (William Moseley, R, 1hr 32min)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Colin Firth, R, 2hr 21min)
The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, PG, 1hr 41min)
Stronger (Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, R, 1hr 59min)
How Did We Do Last Week?
KT picked It to easily repeat, and thus It did, continuing my vexation of having to deal with both clowns and writing around a film that has as a title that is one of the most common words in the English language. If a film named “The” goes big; I’m giving up. It’s second weekend would have still broken the record for the previous best opening for any movie in September, and It has already become the highest grossing film to ever open in the month of September. Finishing a distant second was American Assassin which opened with a much more Septemberish $14.9 million. Probably not enough to start a franchise.
(2017 Prediction Record: 34-4; Lifetime prediction record 72-9; 88.9% RIGHT!).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
I think it will be a close race between Kingsman and Ninjago, and I’m betting on the kids getting back into the movie theater over an R-Rated film winning for what would be the sixth straight weekend. It will still finish a strong third, and this one might cost me my winning streak, but I’m going with LEGO for the win.