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. 2018 continues a sudden uptick in quality with two well-reviewed new films to challenge Black Panther.
Two critically acclaimed films hit theaters this weekend. Annihilation, based on The Southern Reach Trilogy, and the follow-up film to the visionary Ex Machina by director Alex Garland, is getting very good reviews. Also getting raves is the comedy Game Night starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. Comedies that are also critical hits are rare, but as of writing Game Night is at 84% on RT and Annihilation is at 89%.
Annihilation (Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, R, 2hrs)
Game Night (Jason Batmeman, Rachel McAdams, R, 1hr 33min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Black Panther to make it 18 for 18 for the MCU winning opening weekends, and T’Challa did a little more than just win the weekend. Black Panther had the fifth best opening weekend of all-time with $201.8 million. It broke Deadpool’s record for best February and Presidents’ Day Weekend opening by nearly $70 million. It also broke Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ record for the biggest Monday ever on Presidents’ Day with $40.1 million Monday alone. As of writing its domestic total is $277.7 million and the film has made $493.1 million globally. After six days, it has already passed the entire domestic total of six previous MCU films, and after this weekend, Black Panther could very well be in the upper echelon of the most lucrative franchise in movie history.
(2018 Prediction Record: 7-0; Lifetime prediction record 92-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Black Panther has become a phenomenon, and it’s not relinquishing the throne this week. In fact, projections are looking like it could hit $100 million again in its SECOND weekend! It would be only the fourth film to ever hit that mark, if it can deliver. WAKANDA FOREVER!