A Panda Kicks Cinematic Butt

Kung Fu Panda 3 made the grandest, most colorful debut in movie theaters coast to coast this weekend, kicking his less cuddly competition to the curb (in a cute, computer-animated way, of course). Once-forgotten The Revenant continued on his memorable trail, making new friends in high places (i.e. audience members) on his way to his hard-won Academy Award-winning appearance. The sun appeared to be ever-so-slowly setting on Star Wars: The Force Awakens but, now worries, it is guaranteed to rise again on the Big Screen (think December 2017). Taking on the tallest waves, The Finest Hour (which took approximately one hour and forty five minutes to tell) offered a fine bit of watery peril. The Ride Along 2 picked up more passengers on that rocky road of entertainment.

DreamWorks delivered the goods, a very determined Leonardo DiCaprio was on a murderous mission, well ahead of the Coast Guard, who ironically were on a mission to save lives. Those soul-saving Stars once again set one magnificent stage, with a bit of humor traveling along that starry path.

Which of our stars set the most entertaining stage for you this weekend?

 

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:

  1. Kung Fu Panda 3 $41 million.
  2. The Revenant $12.4 million.
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $10.8 million.
  4. The Finest Hour $10.3 million.
  5. Ride Along 2 $8.4 million.
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Will The Revenant Rule at the Box Office?

Will the Ride Along 2 ultimate entertainment run out of steam this weekend at the movies, paving the way for The Revenant to shine even stronger (and perhaps help lessen his rage?) Star Wars: The Force Awakens has certainly brightly shined, but don’t even the brightest (i.e. most profitable) stars eventually fade into the sunset? Will the sun be setting over The 5th Wave or will an even stronger tide be rolling in?

Happily, King Fu Panda 3 will soon be rolling in with those colorful tides, offering animation as opposed to alienation. Is his supernatural success story soon to be told to packed movie theaters? How about The Boy? What exactly is his story? Is it live or is it Memorex (a brief, 1970s flashback?) Good thing wise but Dirty Grandpa is still around, offering his own dose of strange storytelling.

The Finest Hours are upon us, as a daring rescue attempt prepares to set the cinematic world ablaze. Do they have the proper arsenal?

Most importantly, are you prepared for so much high-octane fun?

The Revenant Takes on Winter Storm Jonas

Stranded on the side of a blustery frontier no more, The Revenant was once again racking up the accolades, briefly putting revenge aside to enjoy Award Season and his first week as Box Office Numero Uno (telling winter storm Jonas to take a hike). Award-winning Star Wars: The Force Awakens promoted feelings of warmth and cozy nostalgia among generations of moviegoers (who weren’t snowed in, that is). Ride Along 2 continued on the scenic, albeit for some snowy path to sequel success, graciously taking up less street space than opening weekend while paving the road for the rest of the movie crew.

Dirty Grandpa was having anything but clean fun on a pre-wedding adventure, stopping long enough to make the acquaintance of The Boy, wisely surmising its best to keep creepy characters close.

There were many close calls this weekend on that road to box-office glory (with Florida being a warm and welcome locale). A stopover at an isolated English village made for the most horrific (but blessedly brief) locale, Grandparents Day took on a whole new meaning, the wildness possessed many wonders (most specifically Leonardo DiCaprio) and those glorious Stars, naturally, continued to brilliantly light the way.

Where did that shining light lead you this starry weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:

  1. The Revenant $16 million.
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $14.5million.
  3. Ride Along 2 $12.9 million.
  4. Dirty Grandpa $11.5 million.
  5. The Boy $11.2 million.

An Out of the Ordinary Movie Experience

During the Ride Along 2 action, adventure and family-friendly entertainment this weekend, moviegoers can expect to meet a strange but satisfying assortment of characters (following their own unique route to fame and fortune, natch). New to the movie scene is Dirty Grandpa, who in the form of Robert De Niro promises foul but fun times. He would probably feel, well, right at home within Daddy’s Home, where dysfunctional family fun has reached an all-time high. Then there are our favorite high-flying old friends in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, who still circle our cinematic skies, correctly estimating their profits far outnumber the actual stars. Meanwhile, sweet new friend Norm of the North, determined polar bear that he is, is always looking ahead as he follows the most colorful path, searching in vain for better box-office results than opening weekend. Of course, The Revenant roundup, while far more triumphant, is far from friendly but fortunately their leading man, while rough around the edges, is oh-so-easy on the eyes. Next up, we’re sure to get an eyeful of horror as opposed to happy from The Boy, who’s got one creepy story to tell!

Luckily, In 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi will march alongside his formidable foes (i.e. his less-soldier-like competition) to level that bizarre playing field. During those hours and so many more, we can also expect an odd alien assortment to be riding in on The 5th Wave, wielding their own form of big-screen activity. Will they be bringing with them five times the entertainment the movie law allows?

Are you ready for a law-abiding visit with some weird but wonderfully imaginative characters?

A Ride Along Knocks out the Stars

The Ride Along 2 ultimate entertainment led comedy-seeking viewers through a winding, amusing road this weekend, stealing the limelight from Star Wars: The Force Awakens along the way (don’t worry about the Star Wars crew, though, they continued to keep audiences wide awake from a slightly lower but no less starry cinematic rung). Lacking a starry view, The Revenant took revenge to a whole new level, inviting audiences along for the way-less comedic ride.

In 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi, director Michael Bay’s latest war drama, captured moviegoers’ interest while an interesting-in-a-different-way Daddy’s Home remained a nice, funny place to visit.

Our current roster of characters were on a unique journey, traveling through the streets of Miami, the treacherous wilderness, starry skies, a diplomatic compound and a daddy-driven dwelling.

Where did your travels imaginatively take you this weekend?

 

Estimated Domestic Box Office Totals:

  1. Ride Along 2 $34 million.
  2. The Revenant $29.5 million.
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $25.1 million.
  4. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi $16 million.
  5. Daddy’s Home $9.3 million.

Will a Hollywood Ride Rival the Stars?

Ready to take the Ride Along 2 movie theaters, where a comedic sequel prepares to soar alongside a record breaker? After becoming the highest grossing domestic film of all time, how long can we expect Star Wars: The Force Awakens to keep its adoring fans looking skyward? Will comedy be king of our movie universe this weekend or will those aforementioned Stars once again blind the rest of the competition? Will Daddy’s Home be far removed from the Top Five box office abode with those uprooted Sisters close behind? Might The Revenant reveal life’s most important lesson (namely, how to survive those horrid 1800’s and still remain as appealing as Leonardo DiCaprio?) Back in always-appealing modern times, will The Hateful Eight learn how to love without losing their less-than lovable edge? Perhaps in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi will seize the secret to success and overthrow their time-traveling competitors.

As you travel through movie time, what successful direction will you be headed in this weekend? If you’re in the mood for G-rated entertainment, perhaps you can follow the animated trail led by Norm of the North. Is he climbing up the ladder of cinematic success or will the big boys in town send him south for the rest of the winter? Rest assured, he won’t be headed into The Forest, a locale strictly reserved for the tough, R-rated crowd.

Wherever your travels take you this weekend, may you be riding along the coolest trails with the cleverest characters (and buttered popcorn) by your side…

Movie Stars Scatter Through Record-Breaking Skies

So many emotions were experienced this weekend at the movies! Revenge rivaled soothing starry skies; hate turned profitably to movie love, home remained where the familial heart is and terror took its turn at offering edge-of-your-seat entertainment.

Longtime fans with feet planted firmly on the ground reached toward the cinematic skies and found Star Wars: The Force Awakens still offered the grandest view. The Revenant found significance on the treacherous movie trail, leading star Leonardo DiCaprio through the cruel, based-on-actual-events 1800s to modern day movie theaters. Within a far-less cruel locale, Daddy’s Home continued to receive a happy, homespun reception in the blended dysfunctional family category. Horror, meanwhile, found a creepy home in The Forest far removed from where everyone’s favorite Sisters were still throwing one wild party.

Star Wars remained high in our movie skies, revenge was all the rage and comedy was the cure for hate and horror ( which was strangely blended to creepy perfection).

Which of our tales earned your love this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Totals:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $41.6 million.
  2. The Revenant $38 million.
  3. Daddy’s Home $15 million.
  4. The Forest $13.1 million.
  5. Sisters $7.2 million.