Focus, The Lazarus Effect, ’71 and Maps to the Stars open this weekend. Taken 3, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Project Almanac make their way to Keller 8 Cinemas. Big Hero 6, The Book of Life and Whiplash are among the movies now available at your local Redbox.
Recapping Last Weekend
Fifty Shades of Grey won the weekend box office in relatively easy fashion, taking in $22.3 million to Kingsmen: The Secret Service‘s $18.3 million. That figure, however, represented a disturbing drop from its opening weekend, a drop of almost 40 percent to be more specific. Don’t feel too sorry for Fifty Shades though. The film, made for an estimated $40 million, has already made over $413 million worldwide in just 12 days of release.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water brought in $16.5 million in its third weekend of release to finish third over the weekend. The excellent and very inspirational McFarland, USA opened with just more than $11 million. The very enjoyable The DUFF opened with $10.8 million to round out the top five. The DUFF will easily be a financial success as it was made for just $8.5 million and marketing expenses seem to have been kept to a minimum.
Opening This Weekend
Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in this film about con artists that The Hollywood Reporter didn’t really like. Scott Mendelson over at Forbes called it a “surprisingly terrific little crime caper”. There’s a really cool feature on Apple’s website on how Apple’s Final Cut Pro X was used in the production of Focus. Deadline Hollywood predicts Focus will top the box office with $20-$25 million this weekend.
Focus opens at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis with a showing tonight.
The Lazarus Effect
As ComingSoon.net notes, the plot of The Lazarus Effect is a pretty textbook horror movie one. Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are scientists that have developed a serum that helps in putting life back into the dead. The Hollywood Reporter was among the outlets that wasn’t too high on the movie. They pointed out that the film will likely be a financial success based largely on its very small budget. If you’re a horror movie person, then go see this one.
Todd Thatcher predicts an $11.6 million opening.
Todd Brown at Twitchfilm calls Yann Demange’s feature film debut, ’71, “a remarkably, assured emotionally powerful debut”. Indiewire called it “gripping, tense and intelligent”. You’re going to want to see this film is theaters. Many are praising Jack O’Connell’s performance in the film and predict he is ready to really break out.
Unfortunately, ’71 will only be showing in select theaters across the country this weekend. I haven’t been able to find any St. Louis showtimes.
Maps to the Stars
Christopher Schobert of Buffalo.com calls Maps to the Stars “pitch-black, ultra-violent, darkly comic satire dripping with acid”. The film stars Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and John Cusack. The Colorado Springs Independent has an interesting take on the film.
Maps to the Stars will also only be playing in select theaters around the country this weekend, but will be showing at Chase Park Plaza Cinemas this weekend.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
It’s pretty crazy to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 just now making its way to Keller 8. The latest film in the franchise has been in theaters for 97 days as of this writing, or about 14 weeks. The other films coming to Keller, Project Almanac (4 weeks) and Taken 3 ( 7 weeks) don’t combine for that. While I found Almanac and Taken 3 both enjoyable, if should see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 in theaters if you haven’t yet.
Make It A Redbox Night
Big Hero 6 and The Book of Life are two movies geared towards children that are available at your local Redbox now. Whiplash received a nomination for Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards and J.K. Simmons won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in the film. Miles Teller stars in the film and garnered great reviews for his performance as well. Teller was a great Willard in the Footloose remake and has some great roles since, like being Keleigh Sperry’s arm candy.
Personally, I thought Simmons was great in the film and I thought Teller was really good as well. Overall, I thought the movie could have been better. It’s definitely worth a Redbox rental. Be sure to text DEALS to 727272 for a sweet deal on your rental.
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