Jessica Chastain in Molly's Game

No Formal “In Theaters” Column This Weekend – 12/29/2017

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All the Money in the World
There are no new, wide releases on the final weekend of 2017.  I did neglect to include three films in the 11 movies the opened around the Christmas weekend.  Molly’s Game (written and directed by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin), All the Money in the World (directed by Ridley Scott), and The Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis’s final movie) all opened on Christmas Day, and I have placed their trailers below.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi repeated at the box office, but with 11 new competitors and mixed fan reaction, it’s total barely stayed in triple digits at $101 million (though that number is in contention; some have it at $99 million).  This was enough to make Episode VII already #3 in 2017 domestic box office and it will pass Wonder Woman for #2 this weekend.  Internationally, the film has made $815 million, and will likely move from #10 to #4 for the year by weekend’s end.  We’re one weekend away from a 47-5 record for the year and a 90% prediction rate so I’m staying with The Last Jedi for at least one more week, but this weekend will be where we see just how the split in the fan base affects the box office.

2 thoughts on “No Formal “In Theaters” Column This Weekend – 12/29/2017”

  1. I am still marveling at how quickly they reshot Spacey’s scenes in All the Money In the World. According to Scott Mendelson at Forbes it is not a glorified cameo, it is a substantial role. To paraphrase a line from the Shape of Water, there is now a blank outline in the world where Kevin Spacey used to be. I’m sure that Christopher Plummer in his actual eighties makes for a far better J Paul Getty than Kevin Spacey with prosthetics on his face BTW. Not sure if I want to see a movie with such poisonous subject matter, though, even if it’s as good as it looks. Guy refused to pay the ransom, and they cut off his grandson’s ear.

    The second weekend of The Force Awakens was not a Christmas weekend, so of course it made much more money. Not that TLJ would have made as much as TFA under the best of circumstances, but you have to take these things into account. I’m curious to see what happens, to put it mildly.

    Have you read the explanation for the genesis of the porgs? There were puffins on that island that the crew was not legally allowed to remove during filming. Since digitally erasing them would have cost too much, they created creatures that were the same size and shape, and superimposed them over the puffins. I loved the porgs. Anti-Ewoks.

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