Spectre, The Peanuts Movie and Spotlight open in movie theaters around St. Louis. Everest makes its way to Keller 8, while San Andreas, Inside Out and Magic Mike XXL are now available to rent at Redbox. See Spectre at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis starting tonight.
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Recapping Last Weekend
As I said back on Monday, this past weekend was the worst of the year at the box office. The Martian managed to come out on top of the weekend box office with $11.7 million in its fifth weekend of release.Goosebumps, which I saw and enjoyed last week. finished a bit behind with $9.9 million in its third weekend. Bridge of Spies rounded out the top three with $8.4 million. Hotel Transylvania 2 stayed in the top five in its sixth weekend with $5.9 million in receipts. The Last Witch Hunter slipped to $5.16 million in its second weekend, which was enough to outpace newcomer Burnt‘s $5 million.
Hotel Transylvania 2 has now earned $374.7 million at the worlwide box office in 40 days of release. The original earned $358 million in 144 days in theaters.
Spectre could made $640 million worldwide and still not be financially successful. Reports are circulating that it needs to make $650 million to break even. It cost $250 million to make and another $100 million to market. The film is the 24th in the Bond franchise, which started with Dr. No in 1962. FoxNews calls it a “solid Bond Movie” that’s “more high art than pop art“.
Deadline predicts that Spectre will open with $70-$75 million this weekend.
The Peanuts Movie
Brian Truitt of USA TODAY opens his review of The Peanuts Movie with these words:
“You’re in a good movie, Charlie Brown!”
Joe McGovern over at Entertainment Weekly meanwhile gives the film a C+. Regardless of critics that pan them film, the folks behind the film have managed to position their movie, based on a comic strip that premiered in the 1960s to succeed in a valuable demographic. Todd M. Thatcher predicts a $43.4 million opening for The Peanuts Movie.
Critics have been giving Spotlight great reviews in advance of its opening. Bob Strauss of the Los Angeles Daily News called it “a journalism movie that gets it right.” The fact that it’s a movie about the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting that led to bombshell stories about sex abuse in the Catholic church might have a wee bit to do with that. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams star as part of the team that ultimately won a Pulitzer Prize for its work. Boston.com has a primer you should read before seeing Spotlight.
While Spotlight probably won’t do much at the box office, it is being considered a front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Everest and A Walk in the Woods this weekend. Take this opportunity to see Everest on the big screen.
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox welcomes San Andreas, Inside Out and Magic Mike XXL to its magical red machines this weekend. All three are worth seeing. Magic Mike did have a little too much male skin for me, though. Inside Out is one that will be enjoyable for kids and adults alike.
Alice Through The Looking Glass Trailer
Alice Through The Looking Glass is kind of based on Lewis Carroll’s 1871 sequel, Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There, which was just re-released in paperback in September. The majority of the cast from 2010’s Alice in Wonderland (which made more than $1 billion worldwide) returns, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen also joins the fun. Alice Through The Looking Glass hits theaters on May 27, 2016.
Comparing The Top 10 Video Streaming Services
Which video streaming service is best for you? The Hollywood Reporter has a breakdown of the Top 10 Video Streaming Services. Amazon Prime costs $99 a year but also includes two-day shipping from Amazon. They’ve also gained access to HBO’s back catalog and stormed into original content with Transparent and coming soon, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq. CBS All Access costs $5.99 a month and gives you access to 7,500 episodes of CBS shows, many of which you can also get elsewhere, but with more ads. Also, get the downlow on Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Netflix and more.
Mark Waters To Direct Bad Santa 2
Billy Bob Thornton starred in Bad Santa way back in 2003. It’s just now getting a sequel, with Mark Waters signed on to direct Bad Santa 2. Waters, who directed Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, is also signed on to direct a film adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 2017. Billy Bob Thornton will return for the Bad Santa sequel as will Tony Cox and Brett Kelly. The film is set for a Holida-season 2016 release.
Point Break Remake Will Open In China Three Weeks Before U.S.
The Point Break remake coming to U.S. theaters in on Christmas Day will open three weeks earlier in China, on December 3. CinemaBlend has a piece about how this method could be used by many more movies out of Hollywood moving forward.
Daniel Craig Appears In Fake Deleted Spectre Scene With Stephen Colbert
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