Cinderella and Run All Night open in theaters across the United States this weekend.
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Recapping Last Weekend
Last weekend was a very slow time at the box office. The top 12 movies combined for $78.3 million and all movies combined for $89.3 million. Chappie took the top spot for the weekend with $13.3 million. Focus, in its second weekend of release, brought in $10 million to put its two-week take at $34.56 million. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel brought in $8.5 million for third place. Kingsman: The Secret Service brought in $8.3 million in its fourth weekend of release to push its domestic take above $98 million. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water finished in fifth place in its fifth weekend of release with $6.66 million and now has taken in close to $150 million at the domestic box office.
Kingsman has taken in $150.3 million to push its worldwide take to $250 million against its $81 million budget. Matthew Vaughn has thrown out the idea of a Kingsman sequel that could see Colin Firth’s character return and the introduction of an American Kingsman branch.
Opening This Weekend
This live-action retelling of the classic Disney story is expected to bring in $55 million or more this weekend. By all accounts, Lily James and company look amazing in Cinderella. James originally auditioned for the role of step-sister Anastasia, but the casting director convinced her to read for the part of Cinderella as well, although the character’s actual glass slippers didn’t Lily James the actress. James has faced criticism for how her waist looks in Cinderella, an argument she describes as “upsetting and boring”.
Run All Night
It’s hard to believe that there was a time Liam Neeson wasn’t known as a relatively big action star on the big screen. Before Taken in 2008, Neeson was more known for films like Schindler’s List. The 62-year-old recently told The Guardian that he has maybe two years of action movies left in him. Note that the “very particular set of skills” that Neeson possesses includes other talents like reading bedtime stories, as he did recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live! While some reviews point out that the plot seems to be overly complicated, Newsday calls Run All Night a “mostly satisfying action-drama”.
Run All Night trailer
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Wild and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 come to Keller 8 this weekend. I suggest holding off on seeing Hot Tub Time Machine 2 until it hits Redbox on May 19, unless you really just have to see it now. Reese Witherspoon drew rave reviews for her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in Wild, which looks like a film you really need to see on the big screen.
Make It A Redbox Night
The Hunger Games” Mockingjay Part 1, Nightcrawler, Black November and Kill The Messenger are among the new releases at Redbox this weekend. You’ve likely already seen the new Hunger Games if you desire to. After all, it did play in movie theaters for 110 days and made almost $337 million just in the United States. Kill The Messenger, which stars Jeremy Renner, never played in more than 427 theaters and only made $2.4 million over 9 weeks at the box office. Kill The Messenger is based on a series of newspaper articles by Gary Webb that accused the CIA of conveniently overlooking certain drugs being brought into the U.S. by foreign cartels. Black November is just now being released, although it’s been ready to go since 2012.
Personally, I’ll be seeing Nightcrawler, the creepy “neo-noir thriller” with Jake Gylenhall, and Kill The Messenger. Here’s the trailer for Kill The Messenger.