The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, Miracles from Heaven, and The Bronze open in movie theaters around St. Louis this weekend. Eddie the Eagle, The Revenant, The Boy and Carol begin showing at Keller 8, while The Big Short and Steve Jobs are among the movies now available to rent at Redbox.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 premieres at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis tonight. 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Perfect Match are also playing.
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Recapping Last Weekend
Zootopia easily took the weekend box office crown last weekend with $51.3 million in receipts in its second weekend of release. 10 Cloverfield Lane took the second spot with $24.7 million in its debut. Deadpool earned $10.9 million in its fifth weekend of release to take the third spot.
The other three debuts for the weekend were numbers 6,7 and 8 at at the box office. The Perfect Match made $4.3 million, The Young Messiah made $3.3 and The Brothers Grimsby made $3.25 million.
Zootopia has now made more than $465 million worldwide in 12 days of release. Deadpool has made $330.8 million domestically and more than $710 million worldwide.
What I Saw This Week
I saw The Brothers Grimsby and 10 Cloverfield Lane this week and unfortunately, had mixed feelings on both.
I’m not usually a Sacha Baron Cohen guy and I guess I know exactly why. From the trailer I thought The Brothers Grimsby would be pretty good. It had a good story and a couple good scenes in the trailer. While the movie did have a few more good parts, especially the scene where Cohen inspires the soccer hooligans, the gross-out laughs were not my cup of tea and left me thinking about leaving the theater.
Much has been made about the original trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane and the splash the film made with the release of its trailer. The overall secrecy of the project was definitely well done. Havign zero clue what is going to happen in the movie is a unique feeling. I thought the film had a few really good, suspenseful parts. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the ending. Maybe a sequel will make this one seem better in hindsight. we can only hope.
Opening This Weekend
The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1
The third of four planned movies in the Divergent series is here this weekend with the release of The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1. Taking a page from The Hunger Games, the third book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series is being split up into two movies. This film follows the events of Insurgent as Shailene Woodley’s Tris character and Theo James’s Four go outside of the walled Chicago for the first time in their lives. Miles Teller, Jeff Daniels, Naomi Watts and Mekhi Phifer are among the familiar faces returning for this film.
Reviews for this film haven’t been great. It’s probably to be expected with the third film in a franchise like this. If you liked the first Divergent films then you’ll go see this one and probably be please with it. If you go see this one and you didn’t see/like the first films, then you aren’t very smart.
Todd M. Thatcher predicts The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 will make $43.7 million in its opening weekend.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 trailer
Miracles from Heaven
Miracles from Heaven is based on a memoir of the same name written by Christy Wilson Beam. Beam is played in the film adaptation by Jennifer Garner. Kylie Rogers plays her daughter, who is given a life-threatening diagnosis and then is magically cured after a near-death experience.
Miracles from Heaven opened yesterday in 3,047 theaters across the country and grossed $1.9 million. It actually came in second, behind Zootopia, for the day.
Todd M. Thatcher predicts Miracles from Heaven will make $15.8 million in its opening weekend.
Miracle from Heaven trailer
The Big Bang Theory‘s Melissa Rauch stars as a former Olympic gymnast clinging to past glory in The Bronze, which she also wrote with her husband. Sebastian Stan plays a rival gymnastic coach to Rauch’s Hope Ann Greggory character. One of the most talked about aspects of the movie is a sex scene between Rauch and Stan’s characters. A Cirque du Soleil dancer is also featured as Rauch’s body double.
Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch stars as an admirer of Hope Ann Greggory and the owner of a gymnastic facility. He said he was drawn to The Bronze for its story and the people involved. Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls the film “crude to the extreme” and gave it 2-out-of-4 stars. The San Francisco Chronicle was even harsher.
The Bronze is opening in limited release this weekend and thus an opening weekend prediction is not available.
The Bronze trailer
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Eddie the Eagle, The Revenant, The Boy and Carol begin showing at Keller 8 Cinema in South County.
Eddie the Eagle trailer
Make It A Redbox Night
Steve Jobs and The Big Short are both now available to rent at your local Redbox.
The Big Short trailer
X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer Released
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016. Check out the official trailer for the film here.
X-Men: Apocalypse trailer
Michael Jackson’s Estate makes His Kids A Ton Of Money
The estate of the later Michael Jackson recently sold the catalog of music he owned for $750 million. At the time of Jackson’s death, he was $300 million in debt. The estate now has a trust fund for his kids worth $1.3 billion. The children get automatic payments when they turn 30. They can request payouts beginning at 21 but the trustees don’t have to honor those requests.
Now You See Me 2 Trailer
Now You See Me 2 hits theaters on June 10, 2016.
Now You See Me 2 trailer
Ben-Hur Remake Trailer Released
Paramount is releasing a remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur. The film hits theaters on August 12.
Ben-Hur remake trailer
Melissa McCarthy Won’t Join Gilmore Girls Remake
Melissa McCarthy will likely not be reprising her role as Sookie St. James in the upcoming Gilmore Girls reboot on Netflix. The star, whose stock has risen dramatically since her days in Stars Hollow, was not originally asked to be in the reboot and is now likely too busy to appear.
Indiana Jones 5 Coming in 2019
Word surfaced earlier this week that Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will be teaming up again for a fifth Indiana Jones movie. When the film is released, Ford will be 77.
Indiana Jones was last seen in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The film made more than $100 million during its opening weekend and grossed $787 million during its theater run. While franchise purists write off the film now, io9 writes that Crystal Skull‘s storyline could make for a really good Indiana Jones 5.
Second Tarzan Trailer Released
Alexander Skarsgård stars in The Legend of Tarazan, in theaters July 1, 2016. Here’s the second trailer for the film.
The Legend of Tarzan trailer #2
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