‘Jojo Rabbit’ Opens in Toronto, No Major National Releases Make For A Quiet Box Office

It’s going to be a quiet weekend at the box office, with no major new releases arriving.

However, arriving in Toronto in a limited release is Jojo Rabbit, the new Taika Waititi film which tells the story of a young boy (Roman Griffin Davis) in World War II whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler (Waiti). The boy’s Nazism is tested when he discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin Mckenzie) in their attic.

While the film has been winning awards and is courting Oscar, I honestly found Jojo Rabbit somewhat boring in many places. The Hitler as oaf depiction is funny, but it feels a little one-note as Jojo Rabbit goes on. However, I still recommend seeing the movie, though. There are also some extremely emotional, affecting moments, and there are stellar performances by every actor on the screen. Everyone does outstanding work, and Scarlett Johansson should be a lock for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, if not a win.

As far as our predictions go, look for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil to repeat at number one with $20 million. Joker will be at number two with $19 million. Zombieland 2: Double Tap will hit third place with $13 million, followed by The Addams Family in fourth place with $12.5 million. The under-the-radar horror flick Countdown will close things out in fifth place with $10 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – $20 million
2) Joker – $19 million
3) Zombieland 2: Double Tap – $13 million
4) The Addams Family – $12.5 million
5) Countdown – $10 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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