Pixar’s Inside Out and the Sundance Film Festival hit Dope open in theaters this weekend.
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Recapping Last Weekend
As you’ve probably heard by now, Jurassic World beat expectations last weekend. Even in last week’s Weekend Movie Guide, predictions ranged from a $100-$125 million opening weekend. Those predictions seem absurdly low now that we know Jurassic World recorded the biggest opening of all time with $208.8 million domestically and around $511 million worldwide. The entire box office combined has made more than $200 million over the course of five weekends this year. Each of those weekend has been marked by the openings on “tentpole” movies Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Fifty Shades of Grey and American Sniper.
Spy made $15.6 million in its second weekend of release this past weekend and San Andreas made $10.8 million in its third. Insidious: Chapter 3 made $7.3 million in its second weekend of release and Pitch Perfect 2 made $6.4 million in its fifth.
Insidious: Chapter 3 is the latest in low-budget-tidy-profit horror movie trend. The film was made for $10 million has made $65.75 million worldwide in just 12 days of release.
Inside Out is the latest film out from Pixar. That should immediately tell you two things: 1) It will look really cool and 2) It will appeal to both kids and their parents. A.V. Club is one outlet that gives Inside Out a glowing review. The film’s premise, the main characters are emotions within the heads of a young girl and her parents, is definitely an interesting one. A. V Club calls it “maybe the most conceptually daring movie the Bay Area animation house has ever produced“. Pete Docter, the director of Up, helms Inside Out as well. He and Jonas Rivera followed the mandate of “make a movie that you would want to see” while creating this film.
Even with good reviews calling it “Pixar perfection”, Inside Out is likely to be the first Pixar film not to open #1 at the box office. Blame Jurassic World, which is predicted to bring in $100 million.
While Inside Out is the blockbuster of the weekend, Dope is the under-the-radar film. Shameik Moore stars as Malcolm a geeky kid living in a rough neighborhood in Inglewood, California. He and his friends get invited to an underground party in Los Angeles and things go a bit off the rails. IMDb calls it “a coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation.” The film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival. A.V. Club calls it “messy but energetic“. Zoë Kravitz and Forest Whitaker also star.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Aloha, Poltergeist and Home this weekend.
Make It A Redbox Night
Among the new releases at Redbox this week that you’ve probably heard of are American Sniper, Chappie Black or White. Also among the new releases is a movie you probably haven’t heard of, Welcome to Me. Kristen Wiig stars as a somewhat socially awkward woman who wins $86 million playing the lottery. Reviews for the film have been mixed, ranging from “there’s very little in the way of character development” to “Wiig manages to make Alice funny as hell, endearing, sad and sometimes a little frightening”.
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