It was a big weekend for The Rock at the box office, and a big weekend for the one debuting release. Here’s what went down:
After a few weeks of acting the bridesmaid, this weekend Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was the bride of the box office, bringing in an estimated $36 million and raising its total to a fantastic $244 million. Can someone say sequel?
Debuting in second place, and overperforming, was Insidious: The Last Key with $29 million. $7 million more than the third instalment made when it opened in June of 2015. Reviews were decent for the film, and its PG-13 rating certainly didn’t hurt.
It’s the first weekend of 2018, and one new release is hoping to knock Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the top spot. Will it succeed? Here’s our prediction:
Insidious: The Last Key is the fourth instalment in the succesful horror franchise that continues to scare up box office dollars. The film should do fairly well this weekend, but it’s doubtful that it will be able to compete with either the juggernaut that is The Last Jedi or the surprisingly popular Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. Look for it to get teens out and debut in third place with $19 million.
“We think craft is important, and the irony has always been that horror may be disregarded by critics, but often they are the best-made movies you’re going to find in terms of craft. You can’t scare people if they see the seams.” – James Wan
In last week’s post I spotlighted the ‘Torture Porn’ sub-genre and the movie that was credited by movie critic David Edelstein to have started it: Eli Roth’s Hostel (2005). Among today’s Top 10 lists and thousands of movie review sites, however, it is more often that James Wan’s SAW is recognized as the film that kicked off the torture porn fad (I use the term ‘fad’ to reference the use of the term, not the genre which has existed within the Horror industry since the 1970’s). While the numerous Saw sequels may deserve to be lumped in with that notorious label, I recently watched the original film again on Netflix and I can assure you that Saw is more ‘thriller and style’ than ‘torture and gore’.
Okay, I admit the movie poster does not support the claim I just made. However, marketing aside, this film features a fantastic cast (Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson), a talented director (James Wan), and a slow unveiling of the plot that places the focus on the build-up of suspense, not the shock of gore.
“After waking up in a tiny cell, two men find themselves victim of a serial killer who plays games with his victims and gives them one last chance to survive. If they wish to live, they each have to play their own game as the killer has told them on an audio script. As the film goes on, connections between the victims and the true identity of the killer are revealed.” – J.S. Golden
I grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking…what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights’, right?
Born: July 24, 1979 in Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
“Films are like a house of cards. You think about doing something and so you sow those seeds. But it can take a long time to grow. You have to look at the bigger picture, because it’s an ever-changing landscape.” – Rose Byrne