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. Thor and horrible mothers have come to pull the box office out of three months of horror and horrible grosses, and four limited releases are coming with them. FINALLY FALL BEGINS!
Thor: Ragnarok is issue #17 in the MCU and, as of writing, is the best-reviewed movie yet topping even Iron Man with 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. It should go without saying 17 movies in, but DO NOT MOVE WHEN THE FILM ENDS! There are two post-credit scenes that will accompany the film.
The week’s other wide release is A Bad Moms Christmas: the sequel to Bad Moms, which vented the id of a lot of moms I know, so bravo for that, and it’s critic proof, so the 23% it’s at on RT, isn’t going to stop moms from dropping off kids at Thor and then scuttling into see it.
Awards season is upon us, which means lots of limited releases each week that will ramp up in theaters depending on how they do on the awards circuit. The best-reviewed of the four is the mother/daughter film Ladybird which is at 100% on RT with 55 reviews. Last Flag Flying and My Friend Dahmer are both in the 70% range at the moment, and Rob Reiner’s Lyndon Baines Johnson biopic, LBJ, is unfortunately at 53% currently (was hoping for a Reiner comeback). If you live in a big market that will pick up all of these, you have a lot of watching to do, but most theaters are going to go big on the two wide releases only.
A Bad Moms Christmas (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, R, 1hr 44m)
Ladybird (Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, R, 1hr 33m)
Last Flag Flying (Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranston, R, 2hr 4m)
LBJ (Woody Harrelson, Bill Pullman, R, 1hr 38m)
My Friend Dahmer (Ross Lynch, Anne Heche, R, 1hr 47m)
Thor: Ragnarok (Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, PG-13, 2hr 10m)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT predicted the horror hordes would enable the bloat that is the Saw franchise, and they did, though do less-than-overwhelming numbers. Jigsaw finished first with $16.4 million pushing Boo2!: A Madea Halloween down to second with $10.1 million. The box office the last few months has been the most pathetic stretch I can remember since I started this column. Thor will fix.
(2017 Prediction Record: 39-5; Lifetime prediction record 77-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
There are few easier calls this year. The only question is will Thor Odinson smash triple digits in his third solo film (it opened internationally to over $100 million last weekend and projections are calling for a $100 – 120 million domestic opening), not whether or not he will absolutely demolish the box office. Look for A Bad Moms Christmas to score a good opening as counter programming, but everything is going to be looking up at the combined might of Thor and Hulk.