The Boy Next Door, Mortdecai, Strange Magic and Black Sea open in movie theaters this weekend.
Recapping Last Weekend
American Sniper ran away with the weekend box office, pulling in $89.2 million. The Wedding Ringer was miles behind, but finished second with $20.6 million. Paddington came in third with $18.9 million. Taken 3‘s receipts in its second week of release fell 62.5 percent to $14.7 million. Selma rounded out the top five with $8.8 million in receipts.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Selma brought in $5 million and Paddington brought in another $6.5 million. American Sniper had a big day with just shy of $18 million in receipts. For the four-day weekend including the holiday, Sniper brought in a total of $110.6 million. The Wedding Ringer only brought in $3.4 million on the holiday, giving Paddington second place at the box office for the holiday weekend.
Predicting This Weekend
ScreenRant predicts that American Sniper will take the weekend box office again. They think that The Boy Next Door will finish in second place with $14 million with a wide gap between the two. BoxOffice.com predicts American Sniper bringing in $58 million, Boy Next Door bringing in $16 million and Paddington bringing in $13 million. Todd M. Thatcher predicts The Boy Next Door with $14.7 million, Strange Magic with $8.6 million and Mortdecai with $7.4 million.
Opening This Weekend
The Boy Next Door
Jennifer Lopez plays a teacher in this thriller that accidentally sleeps with a student of hers. But this isn’t like the student-teacher cases you see in the news, like this one that is going to ruin Daresa Deann Poe’s life. Here are some reasons from The Washington Post why “the Jennifer Lopez affair in The Boy Next Door isn’t as creepy as it seems”. TIME called this “the bad movie Hollywood needs right now”.
Scott Mendelson gave Mortdecai a glowing review over on Forbes, saying “Mortdecai is surprisingly not-terrible”. The $60 million-dollar film is based on Don’t Point That Thing At Me and stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Munn among others. Robbie Collin over at The Telegraph was less than enthusiastic about singing the movie’s praises. He called it “psychotically unfunny” and said “there surely won’t be a film in 2015 worse than this art-heist romp”.
The New York Post calls Black Sea “a ripping underwater adventure”. The film stars Jude Law, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn and is directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald. JoBlo says Black Sea “is a worthy effort from the director giving the modern heist movie a bit of a twist”. Don’t look too hard for this one around St. Louis this weekend. ScreenRant reports it will only be in four theaters this weekend.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 welcomes Annie, Big Hero 6 and Big Eyes this weekend. Big Eyes stars Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, an artist whose husband initially took credit for her work. I really enjoyed Annie personally. Quvenzhané Wallis is excellent as Annie. Jamie Foxx does a good job playing Will Stacks, but there’s something about him singing that cracks me up. I wish someone other than Cameron Diaz had been cast as Miss Hannigan, but she does get better as the movie goes on. Rose Byne, who played Seth Rogen’s wife in Neighbors, was really lovable as Will Stacks’s assistant in Annie.
Make It A Redbox Night
Among the new movies available at Redbox this week are Catch Hell with Ryan Phillippe, Rudderless with Billy Crudup and Selena Gomez and The Good Lie with Reese Witherspoon. William H. Macy directed Rudderless and Crudup was well-received in the lead role. The film, overall, only received fair reviews. Shailene Woodley has a new movie available at Redbox in White Bird In A Blizzard.