Weekend Movie Guide: The Longest Ride, Ex Machina
The Longest Ride and Ex Machina open in movie theaters this weekend and a ton of good movies make their way to Keller 8.
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Recapping Last Weekend
There was never any doubt that Furious 7 would run away with the weekend box office. What was surprising, however, is just how much money the film brought in. The $147 million weekend domestic debut was $50 million more than Fast & Furious 6‘s debut in 2013. As of this writing, Furious 7 has earned $490.5 million worldwide in just five days of release. Home finished in second place in its second weekend of release, bringing in $27 million. Get Hard, also in its second weekend, brought in $13.1 million to round out the top three. Cinderella and Insurgent both brought in just over $10 million to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.
The weekend’s other debut, Woman in Gold, brought in just more than $2 million. The film only opened in 258 theaters, which gave it an $8,107 average. Home has a $7,106 average per screen while Get Hard averaged $4,087 per screen.
The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride is the latest film to come out of the Nicholas Sparks juggernaut. The book, his 17th romance novel, was released back in September of 2013 and has received glowing reviews from readers who have bought the book through Amazon. The film stars Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood and Alan Alda.Eastwood is the son of Clint Eastwood and Jacelyn Ann Reeves. The younger Eastwood is best known for his roles in Gran Torino, Fury and Flags of Our Fathers. The great Alda plays a character that inspires the young lovers in Eastwood and Robertson. It’s a role not far from true life for Alda, who recently celebrated his 58th wedding anniversary. Viewers will turn out in droves for The Longest Ride and they will know exactly what they will be getting when the lights go down. Since Message in a Bottle in 1999, Sparks’ movies have earned an adjusted $615 million at the domestic box office. If you want to stay sheltered in the universe, you are more than welcome to, but if you want to know more about who Nicholas Sparks is then you should read this story GQ did on him. If you ever wondered what it would be like to watch all of the Nicholas Sparks movies in a marathon, here’s what it is like.
Ex Machina is a science fiction story about a female robot. Wired has a more complicated look at the film’s story. The LA Times says Ex Machina “feels modern, futuristic and classical at once“. Seth Porges, a contributor to Forbes, called this film “one of the best sci-fi movies in years“. Entrepreneur has a piece about how watching Ex Machina will make you think a little differently about how artificial intelligence will affect the future.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema welcomes McFarland, USA and Focus. I didn’t like Focus at all. I really enjoyed McFarland, USA. It made me want to run all of the way home from the theater.
Make It A Redbox Night
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and A Most Violent Year highlight the new offerings at your local Redbox.