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. Sports is again challenging movies this weekend as the Winter Olympics in South Korea begin tonight. Marvel’s not shying away next weekend, but this weekend studios are counterprogramming largely with three wide releases.
If you’re not hyped about the Olympics, or a member of the Fifty Shades cult…..it’s a rough weekend at the box office. The third and, blessedly, final film in the soccer mom-driven porny franchise: Fifty Shades Freed will seek to target women viewers (who are actually much more likely to be interested in the Winter Olympics than most sporting events historically). Peter Rabbit, which would make Beatrix Potter spin in her grave, is trying to target kids. This is NOT Peter Rabbit. The 15:17 to Paris may have the least hype of a Clint Eastwood directed film in recent memory. It uses the actual heroes that stopped a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train to recreate the incident, but none of the three wide releases are hitting the mark with the critics, so your best bet is to get ready for some hockey, skiing, and-starting tonight-curling. BRING ON CURLING!
The 15:17 to Paris (Jenna Fischer, Spencer Stone, PG-13, 1hr 34min)
Winchester (Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, R, 2hr 0min)
Peter Rabbit (Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, PG, 1hr 40min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Jumanji to make a rare return to the top of the box office and it narrowly did so for its fourth win of 2018. The film made another $10.9 million, barely beating last week’s champ Maze Runner: The Death Cure which made $10.6 million. Jumanji has now pulled in $355.1 million domestically and $860.1 million globally in its run.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi fell out of the top 10 for the final time. The ninth Star Wars film has made $615.2 million domestic and $1.321 billion globally. All-time, it remains the #6 highest grossing film domestically, and if it passes The Avengers at $623 and cracks the top five it will be by inches. Internationally, it is the #9 film. It needs another $20.3 million worldwide to pass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 for the #8 slot.
(2018 Prediction Record: 5-0; Lifetime prediction record 90-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Though it has had diminishing returns with each installment, the Fifty Shades phenomenon will get enough people out to win in a weak box office environment.