Insurgent, The Gunman and Do You Believe? open in theaters across the United States this weekend.
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Recapping Last Weekend
The live-action Cinderella ran away with the weekend box office glass slipper as expected, opening with $67.9 million. As of this writing, the $95 million fairy tale has earned $78.5 million domestically and another $62.4 million overseas. Run All Night, with its $50 million budget, opened with a disappointing $11 million. Kingsman; The Secret Service firmly crossed the $100 million mark with $6.2 million in its fifth week of release. Focus, in its third weekend of release, brought in $5.7 million and is now at $44 million domestically despite not being very good at all. Chappie finished $30,000 behind Focus to round out the top five over the weekend.
Opening This Weekend
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Shailene Woodley returns in this second installment in the Divergent series. Last year’s Divergent opened with $54.6 million and went on to earn $151 million domestically during its box office fun. It came close to doubling that overseas and ultimately brought in $289 million worldwide on an $85 million budget. Estimates have the second film bringing in $55-$65 million domestically in its opening weekend and doing about the same numbers overseas. Vanity Fair called Insurgent a “surprisingly superior sequel”. Veronica Roth, author of the young-adult series of books these movies are based on, recently talked with The Hollywood Reporter about some differences between her book and this movie. Miles Teller, fresh off his well-received role in Whiplash, returns as Peter. Teller enjoys playing the character a bit more in this film than in Divergent. No word on what girlfriend Keleigh Sperry thinks of the character.
Salon calls The Gunman “Sean Penn’s idiotic, glorious and doomed leftist thriller”. Pierre Morel directed this espionage thriller. Morel directed the first Taken, which made $145 million domestically on a $25 million budget and launched a second career for Liam Neeson. Some reviews are pointing out that the script, partially written by Sean Penn, holds the movie back. Screen Rant estimates that The Gunman will bring in $6.5 million this weekend.
Do You Believe?
Do You Believe? is the latest in a series of low budget Christian films with fairly familiar casts to hit movie theaters lately. Expect Do You Believe? to follow in the footsteps of Heaven Is For Real and God’s Not Dead by putting up respectable box office numbers. Those two films, released last year, combined to make more than $150 million at the box office while being made for $12 million and $2 million respectively.
Mira Sorvino headlines the the Do You Believe? cast that also includes Sean Astin (Rudy), Ted McGinley (Jefferson D’Arcy), Alexa PenaVega (Kiley-Nashville), Lee Majors, Cybill Sheperd and Brian Bosworth, among others. Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, who wrote the script for God’s Not Dead, also wrote this film.
Here’s the plot description from IMDb
When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema welcomes Still Alice and Paddington this weekend. If you haven’t seen Paddington with your kids yet, take them to see it this weekend.
Make It A Redbox Night
Dumb and Dumber To, Annie and Top Five are all now available at your local Redbox. With Dumb, you know what you’re going to get and if that’s for you, then pick it up. Personally, I thought Top Five was terrible and would suggest you stay away from that. I loved the Annie remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Rose Bryne. I highly suggest you rent it.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015