Movie Forward


“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis
Before leaving 2018 behind, our holiday-loving characters promised a cinematic party to last well into the new year. There’s champion Aquaman, still floating in the friendliest, most crowded seas. Always a crowd-pleaser, Mary Poppins Returns to simpler times and welcoming friends, old and new. Traveling on his own steam, Bumblebee did his part to transform the traditional holiday season while Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse traveled in true, animated style. Finally, The Mule remained legally in the end-of-the-year celebrations.
The party played on and the cinematic waters were calm and colorful, with moviegoers looking forward to all the new year holds.
Which of our yuletide tales had you looking forward to the movie year ahead?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Aquaman $51.6 million.
2. Mary Poppins Returns $28 million.
3. Bumblebee $20.5 million.
4. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse $18.3 million.
5. The Mule $11.8 million.

Post Christmas Magic & Mysteries


“Christmas never ends when you believe in magic.”
With the magic of the season still filling our cinematic space, a new crop of post-Christmas characters are ready for their Close Up. First on the scene are Holmes and Watson, questionable team they are, who are on the hunt for the elusive Santa Claus, who everyone else knows has returned to his hometown (where, we can only assume, he’ll spend the next 364 days enjoying endless movie marathons). Will those clearly-lost guys cross paths with Stan & Ollie, who are on their latest swan song? Is that well-meaning Second Act worth a second look?
During his second outing, that smart Aquaman certainly knows how to keep his head successfully above water. Who will he be towering over this weekend? Will Mary Poppins Return once again have nostalgia lovers going home again (cinematically speaking?) Will Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch be evicted from his home in Whoville now that Christmas is over? Might Ralph Breaks the Internet stick around long enough to fix our winter blues? Can Bumblebee transform our movie world straight into the new year?
How much farther will Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse travel? Is The Mule ready to slow down?
With so many choices, what movie Vice will create the biggest temptation?
More importantly, where will your movie travels take you this last weekend of 2018?

Christmas Believers


“For Christmas, one word brings the magic to life: BELIEVE.”
Aquaman found the most believers this weekend at the movies, soaring above his less-seaworthy competition and coming in first at the domestic box office.  Fifty-four years after her debut, Mary Poppins Returns to the delight of a whole new generation. Bumblebee had a transforming effect on his audience. Web slinging down a few box-office notches but still enjoying the view, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse traveled to the most festive places. Finally, The Mule contained more of a criminal as opposed to Christmas message, courtesy of Clint Eastwood.
The crowds arrived, and signs of the season abounded in movie theaters this weekend, where technicolor lights illuminated the brightest time of year. Audiences took a much-needed holiday break to enjoy the cinematic sights, where undersea action competed beautifully with action and animation, while a heartwarming return was welcomed by the young and the young-at-heart.
Which of our holiday hits made you a believer this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Aquaman $67.4 million.
2. Mary Poppins Returns $22.2 million.
3. Bumblebee $21 million.
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $16.7 million.
5. The Mule $10 million.

A Welcoming Return


There’s an embarrassment of riches within movie theaters this last weekend before Santa’s Big Arrival. Our wish for great entertainment has most certainly been granted during our travels alongside Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, who invited us along on a fantastical animated ride. No slouch in the animation department, Ralph Breaks the Internet but leaves enough room in our cinematic space for the likes of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, who is clearly not as gracious, sneaking ahead of clumsy Ralph in last week’s box-office lineup.
Among so many fantastic films, will those Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald be left out in the cold? Might The Mule slow his legendary pace this weekend while still outpacing Mortal Engines, who were none too happy relegated to the back seat?
Of course, it being Gift-Giving Season, we can expect some big-time entertainment from a few of our starry friends. Aquaman is soon to arrive to save the world and splash a bit of above-water fun on our cinematic celebration. Sure to be celebrated is The Return of Mary Poppins, destined to charm a whole new generation.
We can expect a balance to all that merriment thanks to Welcome to Marwen, which most certainly will not be welcoming a lot of laughs despite Steve Carell’s presence. Then there’s a visit with Bumblebee, who’s also offering some heavy-duty drama.
Lastly, a Second Act is in store for our slew of holiday stars before the lights officially dim on 2018.
Which act are you most excited to see this weekend?

Spider-Man Travels into the Movieverse


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse traveled the farthest this weekend, cinematically speaking, finding his way to the top of the domestic box office while effectively setting the stage for The Mule, who, with Clint Eastwood in the driver’s seat, kept a respectable pace. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch enjoyed a first-class view ahead of former champion Ralph Breaks the Internet, whose view was a bit less desirable (sending Ralph on his own cyberspace soul search). Bringing up the rear, Mortal Engines had a hard time catching up to its competitors.
It was an animated wonder-filled weekend at the movies, much to the delight of kids of all ages, adding to the magic of the most imaginative season.
Which of our imagined gems added a bit of magic to your weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $35.4 million.
2. The Mule $17.2 million.
3. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch $11.6 million.
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet $9.6 million.
5. Mortal Engines $7.5 million.

Holiday Wish List


What are you wishing for this holiday season? Does it include Ralph Breaks the Internet breaking even more rules to the delight of his unbreakable devotees? Will a spiritual respite (of sorts) in the form of Creed II make you a believer?
Is travel on your itinerary? Then a fantastical trip alongside Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might be to your liking. The Mule is clearly traveling at his own pace, hoping to outpace Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald (who just won’t put up with criminal activity, even if Clint Eastwood is involved). Of course, Mortal Engines may be your preferred, action-packed way to travel, consisting of an eclectic group of travel companions. The Grinch, obviously a fan of rule breakers, is still around, pretending like his popularity hasn’t changed his “personality.” With so much competition, will he be persona non grata this weekend?
With Christmas carols filling the air, how much longer will Bohemian Rhapsody be heard?
Which of our pre-Christmas delights will be heard the loudest this weekend?

Ralph Remains Unbreakable


Making it all seem so effortless, Ralph Breaks the Internet again, welcoming moviegoers who clearly needed a break from all that pre-Christmas craziness. As we get closer to that all-important occasion, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch felt downright merry among his many admirers. Creed II courageously endured another profitable round at the box office. Those Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald found no wrongdoing among their fantastic fanbase. Finally, the beat played on (and on) for the Bohemian Rhapsody groupies.
When grouped together, the most festive season found our stars shining their brightest, inviting us all along for the most entertaining celebration!
Which of our celebrated tales had you seeing stars this weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1 million.
2. The Grinch $15.2 million.
3. Creed II $10.3 million.
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8 million.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6 million.