Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider

In Theaters This Week (3/16/2018): Tomb Raider, Love Simon, I Can Only Imagine

Nick Robinson in Love, Simon

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.   The king looks like he may finally be dethroned as five new releases take on Black Panther.


I can only imagine

The search for the great video game adaptation looks like it will continue forever at this point.  Alicia Vikander is getting praise for the grounded reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, but the origin story is getting tepid reviews disappointing fans (ME) of the rebooted video game franchise.  Four other films open this weekend across all genres.  The two best reviewed are the romatic comedy Love, Simon and the World War I drama, Journey’s End, both in the 90% range on RT at time of writing.  Inexplicably wasting one of the most dramatic real-life stories of the late 20th Century, 7 Days in Entebbe is getting horrible reviews (14% at time of writing).  Rounding out the newcomers is the faith-based film I Can Only Imagine, telling the story behind the hit song that was not screened for critics.

7 Days in Entebbe (Daniel Bruhl, Rosamund Pike, PG-13, 1hr 47min)

I Can Only Imagine (Dennis Quaid, J. Michael Finley, PG, 1hr 50min)

Journey’s End (Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, R, 1hr 47min)

Love, Simon (Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, PG-13, 1hr 50min )

Tomb Raider (Alicia Vikander, Walter Goggins, PG-13, 2hr 2min)

How Did We Do Last Week? 
KT picked Black Panther to win in a Disney-on-Disney box office clash, and T’Challa’s reign was undisturbed by the “reimagining” of A Wrinkle in TimeBlack Panther added another $40.9 million to its total over the weekend, outpacing Wrinkle, which could only manage an opening of $33.1 million.

Black Panther continues to smash its way through box office milestones.  It has made, thus far, $570.9 million domestically and $1.106 billion globally.  It is now the #7 film all-time at the US box office, having passed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Dark Knight.  If projections hold, it will become the seventh film to pass $600 million some time on Sunday, and has-at this point-a legit shot at both #6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the highest-grossing super hero film of all time: #5 The Avengers.  Internationally, it is now up to #19 and still climbing.
(2018 Prediction Record: 10-0; Lifetime prediction record 95-10).

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Black Panther is looking to become the first film to win the box office for five straight weeks since Avatar did it for seven straight weeks in 2009-2010.  With the NCAA Basketball Tournament depressing male turnout, and lackluster reviews, I think Tomb Raider will fall just short of the incredibly slowly declining returns of Panther.  The first five-peat in 19 years.

13 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (3/16/2018): Tomb Raider, Love Simon, I Can Only Imagine”

  1. Tell me the truth: is there something wrong with me that I have never heard of a song called “I Can Only Imagine”? Because the marketing, such as it is, takes it for granted that I know what this is supposed to be.

    No press screenings + Dennis Quaid being touted in a supporting role = bad news indeed. Faith is a very good thing IMO, but tack on the word “based” and chills go down my spine.

    As a non gamer I don’t know for sure, but Tomb Raider seems hard to screw up. Maybe we really are dealing with a curse.

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    1. Its the most played contemporary Christian song of all time so I guess it depends what you listen to and the target audience has heard it. I have given up officially on video game adaptations. Jumanji is as close as we’re getting.

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      1. Wreck It Ralph was pretty damn good, as was the original Tron. And I know you love Legacy. So that’s something.


    1. Oh wow, well thank you so much. I have several regular columns and I do this one every Thursday and if you’re curious they’re all archived under the In Theaters tab off the header on the homepage. Because I have written KT for over 5 years now every weekend people will ask me what’s out that week. So lol the initial primary motivation was to get them to just to stop bugging me. I added the box office portion for fun and this was the 116th Ive written. So happy you enjoyed it!


      1. 5 years is a long time! And you have written 116th that high number of post. Crazy. But whag do you think have allowed you to just keep posting? Do you do research in this movies?

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      2. Its loving movies, being good at finding cool things to share and disciplining myself do post something nearly every day. I also have a really great group of followers that leave wonderful comments.


      3. Hey, I think what you need to decide is primarily your focus. When I started I started just to write and didn’t have a focus and was all over the map. The site slowly became what it is now over 5 years. My friend helped me pick a design that fits my needs, but everyone is different. WP has great customer service and they will actually chat with you and give you advice on what kind of template fits your focus at They have “Happiness Engineers” available for chat 24/7 and also to answer questions you have along the way. You’ll make mistakes and learn things the hard way, but honestly the best way to start is to think hard about what you want your site to be, and then start writing. I am happy to help with any questions you have, but design isn’t my speciality so I don’t want to steer you the wrong way. I am pretty decent at improving posts (I’m an editor) so questions on that are more my speed. The best advice I can give is to just make it a discipline until it becomes a habit. You set aside a time to write every day. Don’t stress over it; it’s supposed to be fun, but block out that time and the site grows organically. I think I’ve written 3600 posts by this point. My blog is also on Facebook and Twitter and between all of them, there are about 10k weirdos like me following this. That was not my original goal. I just wanted to make myself write every day. So start small and focused and expansion will happen as you go. I think you got this!

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      4. Thanks, So much for the advice and I will find a focus and than I will start form their. This blog will give provide information about the latest technology. I really started this blog to develop on my writing and to write every week. yes, my blog will expanded. The first step is to pick the designed and choose the right color for the blog. Also I want to create Facebook page for the blog. Be on the look out I will create a Facebook page for the blog and follow yours. plus, I want to post videos my Blog page. I am going support your blog and the want the same in return. I Will let you know Thanks for all the great advice.

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