A Far from Humble Home

“Home is Home, be it ever so humble.” Proverb

DreamWorks Animation found the accommodations anything but humble, as they settled into the coziest Home within movie theaters this weekend bursting with color and a cool alien race.

It’s been said dying is easy; comedy is hard. While crime capers have been killing it at the movies, comedy lovers had the last (most profitable) laugh this weekend when they decided to Get Hard and send the costly criminal element on a long Run All Night to that tough box-office finish line. That high-energy, midnight run, naturally, ended in a less scenic box-office locale, where the hours of darkness had their very own cinematic secrets to tell. Taking their very own dark run, The Divergent Series: Insurgent kids were busy working their way through a successful series (and their tumultuous youth) as they took a step down to share the lucrative limelight with the aforementioned cuties and comedians. Cinderella, no longer an alienated, underdressed outcast thanks to her wardrobe department, continued to find her colorful fairy-tale dwelling a dream come true.

Given our eclectic choice of films, It Follows that a horrifying tale would find a place in our imaginative cinematic land (a.k.a. a movie lover’s home away from home).

It’s Hard to choose a favorite film! Which of our tales made you feel most at Home?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:

  1. Home $54 million.
  2. Get Hard $34.6 million.
  3. The Divergent Series: Insurgent $22 million.
  4. Cinderella $17.5 million.
  5. It Follows $4 million.
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Will Moviegoers Discover it’s Hard to go Home?

If Home is where the heart is, will movie lovers be having a whole-hearted, animatedly good time this weekend or will they Get Hard and choose hard-hitting laughs or tough criminal activity in place of cute, cartoonish characters? Perhaps The Divergent Series: Insurgent will be more to their liking; as series involving pretty young people in distress seem to attract the crowds. Always a crowd pleaser, Cinderella is far from ready to leave the Hollywood ball despite The Gunman insisting she ride off into the cinematic sunset (to make room for more gun slingers and less fairy-tale creatures). Meanwhile, the faithful, unarmed among us continue to ask, Do You Believe in the power of wholesome entertainment over R-rated revelry? Will good stories triumph over evil entertainment? Finally, when will that questionably good Kingsman: The Secret Service take his last, secretive cinematic call?

Most importantly, are you ready to Run All Night to get prime seating?

Insurgent Soars

Stepmother-challenged Cinderella was the bell of the box-office ball last weekend, trading in her cleaning gloves for glass slippers. After riding off into the fairy tale sunset, she took one step down to allow the coming-of-age kids comprising The Divergent Series: Insurgent to shine. Although there’s nothing sparkly about The Gunman, he was packing heat; engaging audiences (while enraging gun-control advocates). Kingsman: The Secret Service continued offering his services to audiences, telling the cleverest secrets for the price of a movie ticket.

The action-oriented preferred a long Run All Night during which time they discovered the reel world is a mystical place filled with inspiring tales where justice (and recurring sequels) prevails.

Which of our believing tales possessed the most spirit this weekend?

1. The Divergent Series: Insurgent $54 million.

2. Cinderella $34.4 million.

3. Run All Night $5.12 million.

4. The Gunman $5.01 million.

5. Kingsman: The Secret Service $4.6 million

Cinderella Fights Crime and Teen Angst

Cinderella had a fairy-tale ending her first weekend in Tinseltown, besting wicked stepmothers and heavy hitters on her journey to Happily Ever After and box-office gold. Will she remain the (movie) queen of the ball or be sent back to scrubbing the floors? Criminal activity is creeping up on her, possibly sending the princess wannabe to the back of the movie line. If law-abiding citizens Run All Night, can they ever catch up to the humanized Chappie, who fights against the evils of rampant crime and the inevitable mechanical corrosion? Might they enlist Kingsman: The Secret Service in their escapades? Perhaps our Focus on corruption will turn to our less-robotic newcomers, who are dealing with their own dramatic trials and tribulations.

Will our all-important young audience send the long-suffering Insurgent kids from the Divergent Series surging to the top of the box office, elbowing their angst-filled way past The Gunman? Fortunately for them, the gun totter is too caught up in bouts of PTSD and lover’s lament to care about things like cinematic status.

No matter what their status, our characters might find a long stay at the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel curing what ails them (or at least offering them an exotic reprieve from their dramatic selves).

Do You Believe in life after the credits roll?

Which of our believable tales will cure your entertainment blues this weekend?

Cinderella Finds her Happily Ever After

Cinderella, that unstoppable Disney legend, found her prince (who could have seen that one coming?) and followed the fairy-tale path all the way to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, proving that cinematic dreams really do come true (especially when one dresses the part). Well-dressed Liam Neeson, part of the heavy-hitting Have-Gun-Will-Travel troupe, decided to Run All Night, stopping only for autograph signing, on his dark, dingy road to stardom. Star maker Kingsman: The Secret Service has most certainly learned the secret to finding fame and fortune during his clandestine travels. With longer days and warmer temperatures on the horizon, our crime-stopping cast were relieved moviegoers hadn’t lost their Focus for indoor entertainment and living vicariously through their imaginary selves. The imaginative folks managing The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel were offering their movie guests the most engaging accommodations, treating both real and fairy tale characters to first-class treatment.

Our story choices were first-class this weekend, with damsels in distress, heroes, hellions and a hotel of the exotic kind setting the stage for can’t miss entertainment. The girl in the glass slipper, however, ruled the movie kingdom as she found herself on that long-awaited road to Happily Ever After…

  1. Cinderella $70 million
  2. Run All Night $11 million
  3. Kingsman: The Secret Service $6.2 million
  4. Focus $5.81 million

5. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $5.8 million

A Fairy Tale Feature

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale of all.” Hans Christen Andersen

Life most certainly has not been wonderful for our often put-upon Cinderella. Will she be stuck in cinematic servitude during her upcoming fairy tale days or will she ride off (in the direction of a cushy box-office spot) with her handsome prince? She could conceivable Run all Night, running straight into an aging hitman, and still be home before the clock strikes midnight. On her midnight run, she’s bound to cross paths with last week’s champ, Chappie, policing the neighborhood for shady criminals and shoeless damsels in distress. Hopefully, his attempt to blend among the humans won’t cause him to lose Focus on what really matters (namely, holding onto his #1 spot at the box office). Kingsman: The Secret Service surely has some international tips on how to beat the tough competition while still remaining king (at least in his own mind). Of course, if he’s not willing to relinquish his secretive skills, we can count on goodhearted The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water to share his vast movie knowledge. No matter where they land at the box office, all of this month’s imaginary beings are welcomed to hang out at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, where the cinematic service is first class.

Fortunately, there’s so much more classy, Unfinished Business waiting to be taken care of at our local movie theaters, as criminals and champions, secret keepers and Cinderella all vie to tell their version of the most wonderful fairy tale of all!

Which of our characters will experience the ultimate Happily Ever After?

A Robot Rises while Unfinished Business Flops

A sci-fi adventure was occurring at the movies this weekend, sending a robotic fellow named Chappie charging through the rest of the less-mechanical movie pack. A crime caper also captured the Focus of cold moviegoers, desperate to build a bigger Will Smith loving audience while solving the mystery of the much-sought after spring (from the comfort of a heated movie theater). As winter endlessly wanders on, we’ve learned that crime really does pay, as several of our box-office Top Five clearly indicate. Crime, of course, wasn’t the only game in town. Comedy, happily, had its say. We were (re)introduced to the British Dramedy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, where guests were clamoring for second-to-none entertainment and law-abiding laughs. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water continued to amuse the animated lovers while the spy spoof Kingsman: The Secret Service has seen its share of cinematic profits. Of course, as all royalty knows, eventually that motion-picture torch must be passed on to the (less regal) newcomers.

Comedy, crime and a cutie named Chappie…Which of our winter tales made your weekend warmer?

#1 Chappie  $13.3 million

#2 Focus  $10 million

#3 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  $8.6 million

#4 Kingsman: The Secret Service  $8.3 million

#5 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $6.7 million