A plethora of movies open in wide release this weekend. The Maze Runner, This Is Where I Leave You, A Walk Among the Tombstones and The Guest all open this weekend. Plus, see what’s playing at Keller 8 Cinemas, available to rent at Redbox and coming soon.
Recapping Last Weekend
No Good Deed won the weekend by almost making back its budget time 2 and earning $24 million in its opening weekend. Dolphin Tale 2 finished second with $15. 9 million in its debut. Guardians of the Galaxy came in third, but at $8 million, was only off its previous weekend take by 22 percent. It has now passed $300 million domestically and $600 million worldwide in receipts. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came in fourth with $4.8 million and Let’s Be Cops brought in $4.4 million to round out the top five.
The Drop finished in sixth place with $4 million despite only opening in 800 theaters across the country. Every movie ahead of it on the charts was on 2,755 screens or more. If I Stay finished in seventh place with $164,255 less in receipts despite being on over 3,000 screens. You can see The Drop and one of James Gandolfini’s last roles at many theaters around St. Louis.
Movies in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” have now brought in over $7 billion combined.
Opening This Weekend
The Maze Runner
The big screen adaptation of James Dashner’s Young Adult novel was called “not a good movie” by The Guardian. Their review gives the movie points, however, for “omitting much of what makes typical teen films excruciating. TIME calls The Maze Runner “The Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies”. MTV has seven reasons why you should forget the critics and just see this movie. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games or Divergent, you will want to see this one. If you have young boys, take them to see this.
Screen Rant is predicting an opening in the $30 million range. The film opened on Sunday in a few countries and has earned around $8 million this week. Reports are that The Maze Runner was produced for around $34 million, way less than movies like Hunger Games. Considering that, this one should be a financial success.
The Maze Runner opens at MX Movies tonight at 10 pm.
This Is Where I Leave You
Deadspin wasn’t very kind to this one, saying it’s “like a social experiment in how much slack we’re willing to cut a movie filled with actors we like”. This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Dax Shepard, among others. The story revolves around the father of the family passing away and the four kids coming back home to pay their respects. They then find out they are required to all stay at the house with Mom for the week. This is also an adaptation of a best-selling book.
The Wrap predicts this one will earn around $15 million.
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Liam Neeson returns to the big screen in A Walk Among The Tombstones. It’s based on a 1992 crime novel by Lawrence Block and is actually the 10th book in the Matthew Scudder series. The film got a great review from Shockya.
Reports like this one from Variety predict A Walk Among the Tombstones to pull in about $18 million and finish second this weekend at the box office.
Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame stars in The Guest whereas he only has a side role in A Walk Among the Tombstones. TIME liked this “hometown horror” flick. A.V. Club gave it a B+ and said it “expertly blends everything from The Terminator to Halloween to Drive.”
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema welcomes When The Game Stands Tall, The Expendables 3 and Chef
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox welcomes Think Like A Man Too this weekend. Starring Kevin Hart, this sequel pulled in $65 million at the box office during its theater run.
The Boy Next Door
Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman and Kristin Chenoweth star in this film about a forbidden affair gone very wrong that opens in January next year. The trailer does not show Ryan Guzman showing any of his sweet dance moves from his Step Up days.
Maps To The Stars
Julianna Moore and Robert Pattinson star in Maps To The Stars, which recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film has already been released in several countries, but will be released the the U.S. later this month.
Out September 26 starring Denzel Washington
Starring Katie Holmes
Starring Brad Pitt.