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 weekend sees another Oscar contender go wide and three 2018 films, two of which definitely scream JANUARY RELEASE: BEWARE!
Look, at this point if you get on any kind of vehicle with Liam Neeson, don’t expect to end up at your destination without mass casualties ensuing. The Commuter dumps Liam on a train, and the situation soon derails (and the train if you believe the trailer). Taraji P. Henson is apparently trying to run as far from her Hidden Figures character as possible playing a vigilante in the painful-looking Proud Mary. Paddington 2 has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating and actually got Hugh Grant a BAFTA nomination for supporting actor, so if you have kids, this would be one to hop onboard.
A month ago, The Post looked like an Oscar lock, but the Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg drama has been losing awards momentum. It was shut out at the Globes and barely recognized in this week’s BAFTA nominations. At this point, as it goes wide this week, it may be lucky to get a nomination let alone win. The front-runners right now seem to be Three Billboards, The Shape of Water, and Lady Bird. However, with a huge gap between the Oscar noms on January 25th and the actual ceremony on March 5th, it’s really tough to say what will happen. It’s one of the most wide-open years in memory.
The Commuter (Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, PG-13, 1hr 45min)
Paddington 2 (Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, PG, 1hr 48min)
Proud Mary (Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, R, 1hr 29min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to continue its success and surpass The Last Jedi, and Episode VIII’s reign atop the box office ended after three weeks as it actually dropped to #3. Jumanji pulled in another $37.3 million and Insidious: The Last Key ended in second with $29.6 million.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now made $576.8 million domestic and $1.23 billion globally. It is the highest grossing 2017 film in the US and should become the highest grossing internationally after this weekend. All-time, it remains the #6 highest grossing film domestically and sits at #12 globally all-time with a good chance to crack the top 10 after this weekend.
(2018 Prediction Record: 1-0; Lifetime prediction record 86-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
THE JUNGLE CONTINUES TO RIDE! Each of the new wide releases targets a niche audience, and I think will all do decently, but Jumanji has gotten such good word of mouth that I think it repeats despite the newcomers.