In Theaters This Week (10/27/2017): Jigsaw, Thank You For Your Service, Suburbicon

Matt Damon in Suburbicon

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.  Halloween weekend brings back one of the most obnoxious franchises in recent memory, the Coen Brothers, and the adaptation of a critically-acclaimed non-fiction best seller.

Miles Teller in Thank You for Your Service

The fall’s glut of horror films continues with the return of the grandaddy of the torture porn franchises: Jigsaw, the eighth entry in the Saw franchise.  The film, which takes place 10 years after Saw 3D, continues a series that I despise.  There’s a difference between horror and body butchery, hence the derisive torture porn label it and anything Eli Roth directs get from me.  It, suprise suprise, has not been screened for critics.

The George Clooney/Coen Brothers team-up is usually a pretty solid bet, but critics are hammering the satire SuburbiconThank You for your Service, the adaptation of David Finkel’s non-fiction best seller about PTSD among returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is currently at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing.  The criticism seems to be in the telling not in the performances or the message.

Jigsaw (Tobin Bell, R, 1hr 31m)

Surburbicon (Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, R, 1hr 45m)

Thank You for Your Service (Miles Teller, R, 1hr 48m)


How Did We Do Last Week? KT doesn’t pick against Tyler Perry in a dress.  Hard rule.  Boo2!: A Madea Halloween easily won the box office with $21.7 million.  Finishing second was Geostorm with $13.3 million, proving that even months of natural disasters can’t dissuade people from watching fictional disasters onscreen.
(2017 Prediction Record: 38-5; Lifetime prediction record 76-10).

Tyler Perry in Boo2!: A Madea Halloween

This fall has been all about horror fans running roughshod over the box office.  That’s not changing this weekend as Jigsaw will easily depose Madea and keep the horror train chugging along for two solid months.  Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League are right around the corner to change things, but horror has one last week atop the box office for good long while.


3 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (10/27/2017): Jigsaw, Thank You For Your Service, Suburbicon”

  1. I think youre right again with saw. geostorm will lose momentum because it is bad. miles teller movie looks good but who watches plot based movies anymore and saw should easily get 20$ mil from teenagers alone and a few more from people who are familiar with the franchise.

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    1. Most movies lost 50-70% in their second week so even 15-18 million should be enough to win this weekend. Thank You For Your Service is tough and people would rather watch fictional butchery than deal with the real kind and those who are suffering from it (preachy part over). Suburbicon just looks odd and would’ve needed good reviews and doesn’t have them, so Saw 8 is our winner. The next two weeks won’t be tough picking lol. Hoping I can nudge my percentage closer to 90% for the year as we get closer to the end of 2017.


  2. I wonder if Matt Damon’s close proximity to the Harvey Weinstein debacle will keep even more people away from Suburbacon? Because this film neeed all the help on Earth. Clooney is never a sure thing. Also the film does not just look odd, it looks accusatory, and people always stay away from the Coens in thier hyper-nasty mode. I don’t care if the Coens wrote it years ago, either, they are those rare filmmakers who I don’t think have evolved much over thier career. That’s not a knock, I’ve them from the beginning. But they knew exactly who they were when they wrote Suburbicon, so I will accept no excuses from anyone when it bombs.

    Saw is not bringing down civilization. The same exact group of people show up for each installment. God, I hope that’s the explanation.

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