Tom Cruise in American Made

In Theaters This Week (9/29/2017): American Made, Flatliners

Nina Dobrev in Flatliners

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 Tom Cruise and another remake in to close out a weird September that’s been dominated by a clown.

Tom Cruise in American Made

Two new wide released this week to add to the mix.  American Made is the true story of a pilot, the CIA, drug cartels, and other things so weird they only could have happened in the 1980s.  Flatliners remakes the 1990 Julia Roberts film about medical students trying to find out what exists after death by stopping their hearts and then resuscitating themselves.  I mean, what could go wrong there?  Seems like as sound an idea as some I’ve heard from doctors in my life.

American Made (Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, R, 1hr 55min)

Flatliners (Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, PG-13, 1hr 50min)

How Did We Do Last Week?
KT picked Lego Ninjago and the plastic people popped my months-long streak finishing a disappointing third.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle outperformed its predecessor and expectations, winning the weekend with $39.1 million and IT added $29.8 million to the ridiculous bank of Penywise the Clown.  The highest-grossing horror film of all-time now has grossed a hair under half a billion dollars worldwide.
(2017 Prediction Record: 34-5; Lifetime prediction record 72-10).

Taron Edgerton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman will likely drop to about $20 million, but the problem is, I’m not sure that Tom Cruise, even with the marketing push and positive reviews, is capable of opening a film on his own without a franchise in September that tops $20 million.  I underestimated Kingsman’s opening power, but I think it repeats (though I wouldn’t even be surprised if IT climbed back to #1).
Taron Edgerton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

8 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (9/29/2017): American Made, Flatliners”

  1. American Made piques my interest, but the problem I have with Tom Cruise is I always think of him standing at a Scientology pulpit and the bubble pops, because, I suppose he must really believe that stuff.

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    1. I’m not so sure. I think they know all of Cruise’s secrets, and are holding them over his head. I’m not saying they aren’t taking advantage of whatever mental illness he has, too, to keep him brainwashed and controlled. Shudder.

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  2. Dave, it is strangely appropriate, given the subject matter, that Flatliners currently has a 0% rating on RT. I just went to check out BR (98%!) and noticed. Not that I put much stock in what RT decides that the critics have unambiguously decided, but in this case I’m a believer.


      1. I’ve nurtured an ability to not get too excited about movies until I’ve seen them and know they’re actually worth it, but it’s looking to me like BR might be better than the first one. A sequel, 35 years later. THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING.


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