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No Formal “In Theaters” Column This Weekend – 12/29/2017

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All the Money in the World
There are no new, wide releases on the final weekend of 2017.  I did neglect to include three films in the 11 movies the opened around the Christmas weekend.  Molly’s Game (written and directed by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin), All the Money in the World (directed by Ridley Scott), and The Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis’s final movie) all opened on Christmas Day, and I have placed their trailers below.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi repeated at the box office, but with 11 new competitors and mixed fan reaction, it’s total barely stayed in triple digits at $101 million (though that number is in contention; some have it at $99 million).  This was enough to make Episode VII already #3 in 2017 domestic box office and it will pass Wonder Woman for #2 this weekend.  Internationally, the film has made $815 million, and will likely move from #10 to #4 for the year by weekend’s end.  We’re one weekend away from a 47-5 record for the year and a 90% prediction rate so I’m staying with The Last Jedi for at least one more week, but this weekend will be where we see just how the split in the fan base affects the box office.

Molly’s Game Trailer #2 (2017) “Go All In”

Aaron Sorkin is my favorite writer working….in any format.  The scribe behind The West Wing, The Newsroom, A Few Good Men, The American President, Moneyball, Charlie Wilson’s War, has written some of the greatest screenplays of this generation.  Now, he’s directing his own script in Molly’s Game.  The second trailer reveals more about the insane dilemma Molly Bloom finds herself in when she’s put on trial for running elite poker games, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg of nuts this story is and I’ll let your read the full description below for a better summary.  Molly’s Game bows November 22, 2017.

The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.
Molly's Game Poster

 

Molly’s Game Trailer #1 (2017) *Aaron Sorkin Goes Behind the Lens*

 

Aaron Sorkin is my favorite writer working….in any format.  The scribe behind The West Wing, The Newsroom, A Few Good Men, The American President, Moneyball, Charlie Wilson’s War, and the list goes on, can literally make the English language sit up and dance while making both a pop culture reference and an intellectual point.  Not content to merely pen Molly’s Game, Sorkin is also taking his first turn at directing his script of a true story so crazy I’m just going to paste the official synopsis below and tell you I’ll be there when it opens November 22, 2017.

The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.

Jessica Chastain in Molly's Game
Jessica Chastain in MOLLY’S GAME