As Gandalf the White said, “Something is about to happen which has not happened for an age.” Well, February anyway. For the first time since February, the top 3 films of the weekend were all new films. With poor releases and releases that endure for weeks, it shouldn’t be too surprising that its taken so long for the noobs to take the top slots.
Coming in a very comfortable first place is the Bio film, Bohemian Rhapsody with a cool $50 million. Based on Freddy Mercury and his band Queen, this film has been in the making for what seems like ages. Critics say the film falls a bit flat and needs more depth to it. Meanwhile, fans are loving it. Rhapsody scores a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A over on Cinemascore.
In second place is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with $20.3 million. This is on the lower end of predictions. While it managed a B+ from Cinemascore, it is failing according to Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic with 41 and 39 respectively. Don’t look for this movie to hang around for long.
In third place was the comedy Nobody’s Fool with $13.7 million. The Tyler Perry comedy has been well received, making back most of its budget in the first week.
In Fourth place is the movie with legs that go on for miles. In its 5th week and only dropping 20% is A Star Is Born. The film managed to bring in yet another $11 million. Its box office total is now sitting at $165.5 million on a mere $36 million budget. Awards season is getting closer. It will be interesting to see how often this pops up in early awards.
Finally in 5th place is the opposite of Star. Halloween in only its third week plummets a massive 65% to 10.8 million. Its season is over, so it’s not too surprising that this movie drops fast.
Next weekend is an interesting mix of films. The big movie that will bring in the kids is Dr Seuss’ The Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch this time around. It looks like a fun take, but has the Grinch been overdone?
We also get The Girl in the Spider’s Web:A New Dragon Tattoo Story. This crime thriller follows of its predecessor, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This won’t be a movie the hordes go to see but it will have a fierce and loyal following.
Finally we get Overlord. This is a horror story based during D-Day in World War II. There is more going on behind enemy lines that we knew. This could do okay, but it will be overshadowed by the other movies.