The Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart prison comedy Get Hard, the animated Home and the horror flick It Follows open in wide release this weekend.
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Recapping Last Weekend
The Divergent Series: Insurgent debuted last weekend and won the weekend box office with $52.2 million. Last year’s Divergent opened with $54.6 million on its way to $151 million at the domestic box office. Cinderella dropped 48.5 percent to just shy of $35 million, good enough for second place in its second weekend. Run All Night finished third, but was miles behind with just over $5 million in its second weekend. Sean Penn’s The Gunman disappointed in its debut with just over $5 million, about $5,000 behind Liam Neeson’s film. Kingsman: The Secret Service now stands at $114.6 million domestically after a $4.6 million sixth weekend. The excellent film’s domestic take only makes up 39 percent of its almost $300 million in worldwide receipts thus far.
Do You Believe? brought in $3.6 million in its debut weekend despite playing at only 1,320 theaters. The Guman, for comparison, opened in 2,816 theaters.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel brought in $3.5 million in its third weekend and now stands at $59.5 million in worldwide sales on a budget of just $10 million. The Lazarus Effect, starring Olivia Wilde, was made for just $3.3 million and has now taken in $25 million at the box office in under four weeks.
IGN says Get Hard “might be the stupidest, most immature movie to come out of 2015 thus far“. They go on to compare Ferrell’s James King character to two of his most famous other characters, Ron Burgundy and Ricky Bobby in terms of being “simultaneously vile and loveable”. They praise Kevin Hart’s performance as Darnell Lewis as well. Richard Corliss over at TIME doesn’t want anyone to know, but he “kind of liked Get Hard“. The film has been attacked from the likes of ComingSoon.net, Guardian and Playlist, just to name a few, for what they’ve deemed as its racist and homophobic plot.
Rope of Silicon predicts Get Hard brings in $25.2 million this weekend.
Get Hard opens with a showing tonight at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
A.V. Club calls this film adaptation of the “offbeat kids’ book” a typically generic film. Dreamworks Animation has been in quite the rough patch lately and odds are the $130 million Home won’t get the company completely out if, according to Variety at least. Despite whatever these adults say, will your kids like this one and will you be mildly entertained? More than likely.
Todd M. Thatcher predicts a $24.6 million opening at the box office for Home.
By all accounts It Follows is terrifying. It’s also received some great reviews, like it’s 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Director David Robert Mitchell talked with DIY last month about his approach to making this movie. It Follows opened last month in the United Kingdom and has made $1.5 million there. It’s had a very limited release before this weekend here and has grossed $566,000 while being in no more than 32 theaters on a given day.
Todd M. Thatcher predicts $2.7 million at the box office this weekend for It Follows and opens in wide release.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema welcomes Jupiter Ascending, Unfinished Business and Selma this weekend. Jupiter Ascending, with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is definitely a movie that would be better seeing it in theaters than at home. If you haven’t seen Selma yet, take this opportunity to see it alongside others.
Make It A Redbox Night
Into The Woods and Song One are now available at your local Redbox. If you like musicals you’ll want to rent Into The Woods. If you don’t like musicals, you should watch Into The Woods anyways and just realize it is adapted from a Broadway musical. James Corden plays Baker in the musical. You may have seen him around the internet this week as he debuted as the host of The Late Late Show on CBS and has a video going around the internet with Tom Hanks.