Film Reviews: Spectre
(Note, I will have an Indie Double Feature soon including Suffragette)
Some Preliminary Oscar Talk
A Star Wars One-By-One Series
Series Review: The Twilight Saga
Announcement: BlendedOpinion will no longer be covering sports, you can find Matt doing sports coverage on: http://www.thecaptialsportsreport.com
OPENED THIS WEEK:
Wide: The 33, Love the Coopers, and My All-American
Limited: By the Sea, James White, and Man-Up
Expansions: Nothing to note, sadly. I’m still waiting on Room, Spotlight, Trumbo, and Brooklyn
- This was a bad week to plan a wide-release because of The Peanuts and Spectre being hold-overs, both making $25 million in their second weekend most likely. So, although Love the Coopers will do okay because of a Christmas theme, poor reviews for The 33 will essentially destroy its opening.
- As for limited release, James White will do okay in Indie circuits, reviews are strong, and By the Sea has been ripped for being pretentious and inconsistent as a film, which is a shame because the trailer looked really good.
BOX OFFICE RECAP AND PROJECTIONS
- Spectre $70M- Total: $70M- Week: #1
- The Peanuts Movie $44M- Total: $44M- Week: #1
- The Martian $9M- Total: $197M– Week: #6
- Goosebumps $7M- Total: $66M- Week: #4
- Bridge of Spies $6M- Total: $55M- Week: #4
- Hotel Transylvania 2 $4M- Total: $161M– Week: #7
- Burnt $3M- Total: $10M- Week: #2
- The Last Witch Hunter $3M- Total: $24M- Week: #3
- The Intern $2M- Total: $71M– Week: #7
- Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension $2M- Total: $16M- Week: #3
- The Spectre debut was solid. It wasn’t as good as it should’ve been, but that can be attributed to mostly mixed reviews, and Skyfall was a better film, so it opened to more interest. This is still encouraging, though, as a 70 million opening is nothing to scoff at. The Peanuts Movie debut was really nice, almost 45 million, as it should have staying power with good reviews in the coming weeks.
- As for the hold-overs, we expect The Martian to cross 200 million sometime this week, and because of possible Oscar consideration, Bridge of Spies will continue to perform. Halloween themed Goosebumps, Paranormal Activity, and Hotel Transylvania should suffer steeper drops than films like The Intern and Burnt in the coming weeks.
Projected Top Ten: 1. Spectre, 2. The Peanuts Movie, 3. Love the Coopers, 4. The 33, 5. The Martian, 6. Bridge of Spies, 7. Goosebumps, 8. Burnt, 9. Hotel Transylvania 2, 10. My All-American
TOP NEWS STORIES:
- Chloe Grace Moretz has replaced Emma Watson in Disney’s live-action adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ continuing a Disney trend of doing darker, fantasy-driven dramas for their old stories. She also kinda looks like a fish, so…if the shoe fits.
- There will be a Call of Duty film/tv universe. There is more disgust from me than humanly possible. These films will be boycotted.
ACTOR IN FOCUS: BEST AND WORST OF…ANGELINA JOLIE!
Best: Girl, Interrupted as Lisa Rowe
- This earned Jolie her big Oscar win, and although she has had a ton of awful performances in her career, she has earned credibility as a high-profile director and celebrity after her scandal with Brad Pitt. Outside of tabloid problems, however, was her turn as an unfeeling character in a mental institution.
Honorable Mentions: A Mighty Heart, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Changeling, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and her voice-capture/motion-capture work in Beowulf.
Worst: Life or Something Like It as Lanie Kerigan.
Honorable Mentions: Alexander, The Tourist, Taking Lives, Beyond Borders, Original Sin, and Cyborg 2
- All of the aforementioned films are just terrible. Just look at Jolie’s Razzie Award history.
Top 10 Rentals by Volume:
- Terminator: Genisys
- San Andreas (Missed this one, packed summer..)
- Inside Out
- Pixels (Skipped this for obvious reasons..)
- The Gift
- Magic Mike XXL
- Pitch Perfect 2
- Jurassic World
- Paper Towns (Not a John Green fan)
- Before We Go (Will be running out and renting, see #4 as well)
- The Stanford Prison Experiment (Will be running out and renting, see #3 as well)
- Adult Beginners (Never Expanded, May See It)