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. Nobody likes to compete with the Super Bowl, so there is only one wide release hitting theaters this weekend.
For our 100th “In Theaters” column, you’d hope for a more exciting weekend, but movies tend to try to advertise ON the Super Bowl telecast not compete at the theater AGAINST the most watched US television event of the year. So only one new release goes wide this week: the horror film Winchester. Based on a true story about the heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune and her ever expanding, incredibly haunted house, the film sounds intriguing, but no reviews the day the film comes out is never a good sign, even for horror fans who normally couldn’t care less about reviews.
Winchester (Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, PG-13, 1hr 39min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Maze Runner: The Death Cure to be the first 2018 film to win a weekend at the box office, and the finale to the trilogy did so, pulling in a subdued $24.2 million. Falling to second place is the juggernaut that is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $16.2 million. Jumanji has now pulled in $339.9 million domestically and $823.9 million globally in its run.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now made $611.5 million domestic and $1.312 billion globally. It is the sixth film ever to cross the domestic $600 million mark this weekend All-time, it remains the #6 highest grossing film domestically, and will need to pass $623 to displace The Avengers and crack the top five. Internationally, it is the #9 film. It has an outside shot to displace Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 at #8.
(2018 Prediction Record: 4-0; Lifetime prediction record 89-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Winchester is not generating the normal horror movie buzz, plus it’s not been screened for critics, so I’m reluctant to give it the nod. Instead, I think Jumanji is going to rear its head one last time and take a narrow win over Maze Runner and Winchester in a very subdued weekend at the box office.