School’s in Profitable Session




Night School had the highest “attendance” within domestic movie theaters this weekend, offering the biggest audience the most entertaining education. Our youngest moviegoers learned something from Smallfoot, who enjoyed a big, animated opening while The House With a Clock in its Walls was still keeping profitable time. A Simple Favor was one complicated mystery worth unraveling, culminating in a visit with The Nun, who continued to pray for our tortured movie souls
Time stood still for us movie lovers this weekend, with school providing the fun with the Nun still around offering her version of prayer. Friends and family, imagined and animated, found the humanity residing within our movie-loving hearts (with horror heightened among the sweet delights).
Which of our delightful assortments sweetened your weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1.Night School $28 million.
2. Smallfoot $23 million.
3. The House With a Clock in its Walls $12.5 million.
4. A Simple Favor $6.6 million.
5. The Nun $5.4 million.

Old Men and Little Women Arrive for the Movie Fest


Life is not easy these days within our cinematic universe, what with The Predator running amok and The Nun leading us in one freakish prayer after another, leaving weary movie lovers wondering where they can go for a bit of cinematic peace. Certainly not to Hell Fest, who plan on putting on a killer show meant to provide a bit of their version of heaven reserved exclusively for horror lovers. Although not as hellish, A Simple Favor might be too complicated for the faint among us, who prefer sweet make-believe to mystery.
Happily, there’s something for everyone, with sweet Smallfoot new in town and ready to make a big animated impression. Eager to learn all he can about the human race, he’s likely to learn the value of movie time within The House With a Clock in its Walls, whose family-friendly ways are clearly timeless.
Maybe The Old Man & the Gun will hold us captive reliving his adventurous escapades. Are we ready to escape with him?
So many questions! Fortunately, Little Women (young and gunless) are back, in a modernized-but-classic kinda way, ready to share their larger-than-life wisdom on life’s toughest matters. For those of us interested in a different kind of “knowledge,” we’re invited to attend class at Night School.
Where will we find the education we need to make the smartest movie choice this weekend?

***Above beach photo taken in Wildwood, NJ. Courtesy of C.T. Costa Photography

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The House Beats the Horrors

Secrets, along with success, were uncovered this weekend at the movies within The House With A Clock in its Walls, whose occupants waved a family-friendly hello to the girls requesting A Simple Favor, which, while intriguing, was far from simple. Clearly not a simpleton, The Nun had us praying (in the most horrifying of ways) while The Predator continued to kill everyone else in his evil path. Everyone’s favorite Crazy Rich Asians were still around, mixing odd with all that aforementioned awfulness.
Simply put, this weekend at the movies was both horrifying and happy, with mysteries and make-believe making audiences take notice. We noticed that the holy among us could really use an actual religion class or two, killers come in all sizes and time really is relative (and really creative) in our imaginary universe.
Which of our killer tales was worth your time this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. The House With A Clock in its Walls $26.9 million.
2. A Simple Favor $10.4 million.
3. The Nun $10.3 million.
4. The Predator $8.7 million.
5. Crazy Rich Asians $6.5 million.

The House Meets the Horrors

With so many stories to look forward to this Fall Season, does The Nun have a prayer of holding our horror-seeking attention for much longer? Might The Predator steal even more of her audience before ending the human movie race? Will we be racing from horror-to-horror-to-surviving-her-own-horror Peppermint? How sweet will all that action be? Where will conflicted White Boy Rick fit into all this?
Perhaps A Simple Favor is all we’ll need to uncover the current complicated mystery encompassing our cinematic world. Will that request be granted? Will we be setting our watches in time to The House With a Clock in its Walls, whose inhabitants, interestingly enough, are also dealing with their own end-of-the-world drama?
Still hangin’ in the always-interesting reel world, maybe we should be spending even more time with those Crazy Rich Asians, who are sure to help us discover the true meaning of Life Itself, with all its comedy and tragedy.
Wouldn’t it be tragic to miss out on all of that this weekend?

Simple Movie Slayers

The Predator returned to earth much to the horrified delight of the biggest audience this weekend at the domestic box office, throwing a mercy “Hail Mary” to the rest of the competition, who didn’t’ have a prayer going against The Nun, who remained a formidable, faithful challenger as she nodded a polite (but horrifying) hello to all those requesting A Simple Favor, which turned out to be an easy choice for audiences who love a good mystery. White Boy Rick enjoyed his first weekend out and about while those Crazy Rich Asians were still enjoying their richly-deserved accolades.
Movie prayers were answered this weekend in the oddest of ways, leaving our cinematic spirits soaring, with crazy families, wild boys, bloggers and brutes uncovering the secret to movie success.
Which of our “secret keepers” made your weekend a success?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. The Predator $24 million.
2. The Nun $18.2 million.
3. A Simple Favor $16.1 million.
4. White Boy Rick $8.8 million.
5. Crazy Rich Asians $8.7 million.

A Favorable Fall Season

Now that The Meg is slowly headed far out to sea, and with summer pretty much over, The Predator will soon make his appearance and take on the always-popular role of endangering the human race. Who’s gonna save us from that nightmare? With Summer Blockbuster Season having sung its swan song, what will be the Mission Impossible: Fallout?
So many possibilities! Aside from the aforementioned slayer, we’ve got a reporter experiencing her own sense of danger thanks to A Simple Favor which, naturally, turns out to be anything but as she searches for her missing friend. Who will audiences be Searching for this weekend? Will it be the lost among us or White Boy Rick, who’s clearly a bit adrift as he takes a walk on the colorful wild side? Where will he land at the box office?
Will the spirit encompassing champion The Nun lead us to the best movie places this weekend, promising to heal all that horror? Might hyper Peppermint sweeten the deal?
Most importantly, where will you be when all this action takes place?

The Nun Ushers in a Frightening (pre) Fall Season

The Nun conjured up the biggest audience in movie theaters this weekend, leaving the believers among us saying lots of prayers for her profitable predicament. The atmosphere was significantly lighter for those Crazy Rich Asians, still having the craziest time. Drama surrounded newbie Peppermint, who had one sweet opening. The Meg refused to head out to sea (and our version of heading toward the out-of-the-box-office horizon), frightening those still lurking in the ocean. Moviegoers faithfully continued Searching for lost loved ones during these last waning summer days
Religion and revenge were served up in large portions this weekend at the movies, the wacky wealthy continued to connect with the crazy within us and the ocean remained a frightening place to be.
Happily, our local movie theaters remained the best place to be, as we gradually cruised into a new season of stories.
Where did your cinematic searching lead you this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. The Nun $53.5 million.
2. Crazy Rich Asians $13.5 million.
3. Peppermint $13.2 million.
4. The Meg $6.1 million.
5. Searching $4.3 million.