Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, Burnt and Our Brand Is Crisis open in movie theaters around St. Louis. Pixels comes to Redbox and what’s playing at Keller 8. See Burnt at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
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Recapping Last Weekend
The Martian returned to the top of the weekend box office in its fourth weekend of release. The Matt Damon-led film flip-flopped with last week’s #1, Goosebumps. Martian earned $15.7 million to Gossebumps’ $15.5 million. Bridge of Spies finished in third place in its second weekend of release with $11.8 million The Last Witch Hunter debuted with $10.8 million while Hotel Transylvania 2 rounded out the top five with $8.9 million in its fifth weekend of release.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension debuted with $8.07 million while Rock The Kabash, which was a decent film, saw a paltry $1.47 million in receipts in its debut.
Our Brand Is Crisis
Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in Our Brand Is Crisis, a story of two political strategists based on a documentary of the same name. A.V. Club writes how this new film takes the bones of the documentary story and makes it into a typical Sandra Bullock film. Curious about the original story of what happened in Bolivia in 2002? Read this.
The crew has been having quite a bit of fun on the media tour promoting this movie. Bullock, Thornton and Anthony Mackie were on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the other day playing “Never Have I Ever”.
Edward Douglas of ComingSoon.net predicts an opening for Our Brand Is Crisis of under $10 million.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Justin Chang of Variety called Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse a “witless undead retread.” I’m not sure what exactly they were expecting out of this one. The Boy Scouts of America wants to make sure that people don’t think actual Boy Scouts are in the film. Katie Walsh says you would have to have the brain of a teenage boy to appreciate this film. I’m not that far removed from that so, I think I will go to see this.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is only opening on 1,500 screens around the country this weekend. Todd M Thatcher predicts a $4.2 million opening.
Bradley Cooper stars in Burnt as a Chef who is trying to redeem his career after bottoming out his first time around. It’s definitely a story line you don’t see often in Hollywood. Cooper’s character, Adam Jones, “gets the boys back together” for his new kitchen and recruits Helene, played by Sienna Miller. A.V. Club calls Burnt “just about the toniest movie anyone could make“. Kyle Smith of the New York Post just calls it “toast”. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune took issue with the writing and directing, but drooled over the food shots in the film.
Deadline is predicting an opening of $7-$9 million for Burnt, which is debuting in more than 2,900 theaters around the country.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. I caught the first installment in this series on video and really enjoyed it. Caught this one in theaters and found it to be pretty entertaining.
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox welcomes Spy and Pixels to its magical red boxes this weekend. Melissa McCarthy’s Spy was released back in June and did pretty well during its theater run. The film with a budget of $65 million earned $110.8 million at the domestic box office and another $125.6 million overseas. Pixels was doomed from the moment critics heard Adam Sandler would star in it. The $88 million dollar film made $78.6 million during its domestic theater run and $158.5 million overseas to earn a modest return. Released at the end of July, the film only spent 94 days in theaters against Spy‘s 124.
Police Officers Boycotting Quentin Tarantino Films
The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 became the latest group on police officers to boycott films made by Quentin Tarantino. Officers in New York and Los Angeles voted to boycott Tarantino’s films after the director spoke as an anti-police brutality rally in New York City over the weekend.
Pom Klementieff Signs On To Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, McConaughey Turns Down Role
French Actress Pom Klementieff has been cast in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in what is said to “new key role”. She’ll join Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel in the sequel. James Gunn will return to direct the sequel to 2014’s first installment, which made just shy of $775 million worldwide. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set for release on May 5, 2017.
Matthew McConaughey reportedly turned down a role in the upcoming sequel.
Kristen Wiig ” Crying in a Sweater”
Stan Lee Casts Li Binging In Realm
The “Godfather of Superheros”, Stan Lee, is partnering with Fundamental Films to bring Realm to theaters. The film will be based on an original idea from Lee, the man behind Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men. Chinese actress Li Bingbing, who will also co-produce, has been tapped for the lead role.
Dirty Grandpa Trailer
Zac Efron, Julianne Hough and Robert De Niro star in Dirty Grandpa, hitting theaters January 22, 2016.
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