The highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy finally hits theaters this weekend. The James Brown biopic Get On Up is also out this weekend.
Recapping Last Weekend
1.Lucy – $43.9 million 2.Hercules – $29.8 million 3.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $16.77 million 4.The Purge: Anarchy – $10.5 million 5.Planes: Fire & Rescue – $9.5 million
from Box Office Mojo
With $43.9 million, Lucy is the biggest opening for Scarlett Johansson in a non-Marvel movie. In under two weeks of release The Purge: Anarchy has made $61.7 million worldwide on a $9 million budget. The LEGO Movie was still in 202 theaters across the country last weekend and made $64,000 for an average of $317 each. Its gross receipts jumped 51% from the previous weekend.
Opening This Weekend
Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana star in this Marvel comic book adaptation. Diesel and Cooper voice the characters Groot and Rocket, respectively. Film School Rejects calls this one, directed and in part written by James Gunn, “the funniest Marvel movie yet”. ComicBook.com is projecting a $65-$70 million opening weekend.
See this one tonight at MX Movies before anyone else. Guardians of the Galaxy shows in 3D at 7 pm and in regular 2D at 10 pm.
Get On Up
Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in this chronicle of his life by director Tate Taylor. The New York Daily News calls this a “fantastic, funk-tastic biography of James Brown”. Time says Chadwick Boseman, who also gave a great performance as Jackie Robinson in 42, is “sensational as the Godfather of Soul“. Indiewire is projecting Get On Up to finish third this weekend with $14 million in tickets sold.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema gets Earth To Echo and The Fault In Our Stars this weekend. Echo has made $36 million during its four-week theater run. Critics were lukewarm on it and audiences only had a slightly higher opinion according to Rotten Tomatoes. On the other hand, critics and audiences alike were high on The Fault In Our Stars. The tearjerker has been in theaters almost eight weeks and has made $256 million worldwide on a budget of just $12 million.
Make It A Redbox Night
Among the movies available now at your local Redbox are Noah and Heaven is for Real. Russell Crowe’s Noah disappointed at the box office, bringing in only $101 million domestically on a $125 million budget. Heaven, on the other hand was a break-out hit with a domestic gross of $91 million on a budget of just $12 million. For a movie you may not have heard of, pick up Bad Johnson. Cam Gigandet stars in the film. His career includes a stint as Kevin Volchok on The O.C. in 2005 and 2006. He’s also starred in under-the-radar movies like Never Back Down and Easy A.
Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, this one opens at the Venice Film Festival on August 27.
Out February 14, 2015