The Bottom Line: December 15, 2017: STAR WARS Dominates The Weekend, Also Your Life

Star Wars The Last Jedi The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line: December 15, 2017

The long-awaited eighth entry in the Star Wars saga arrives this weekend with The Last Jedi. Find out how it will do in this week’s edition of The Bottom Line!

Box Office Top Five

Coco topped the box office again with $18.4 million. Second place went to Justice League, which took in $9.7 million. Wonder took third place $8.6 million, while The Disaster Artist took fourth with $6.5 million. Thor: Ragnarok rounded out the top five with $6.3 million.

A Closer Look at Some of this Week’s Films.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13) 152 mins.

The long-term contract I had to sign

Said I’ll be making these movies ’til the end of time – “Weird Al” Yankovic

In the prophetic words of Weird Al, yes, Luke Skywalker is back at long last, and the state of Star Wars is right once again. The Last Jedi has proven surprisingly divisive among fans – likely because it takes them outside of their comfort zone and takes some serious storytelling risks. It worked like gangbusters for me, and it seems, for most critics, who have hailed Rian Johnson’s entry into the saga as the best since The Empire Strikes Back. And hey, you know what other Star Wars movie was divisive upon release? The Empire Strikes Back. Well, how about that.

The movie is great, general audiences will love it, and it will make a bajillion dollars in its opening weekend. Look for it to take the number one spot at the box office for the next month and a half.

Ferdinand (PG) 107 mins.

And now it’s time for the portion of The Bottom Line where you scratch your head and go, “Wait, there are other, non-Star Wars movies opening this weekend? But why?” And that is how we get to Ferdinand, the new animated feature from Blue Sky featuring John Cena as a bull. Reviews indicate that it’s a nice little movie that families will probably enjoy, and I’m sure every family who can’t get into the sold-out Last Jedi screenings will be seeing this.

Beyond Skyline (R) 106 mins.

Oh man, to hell with Star Wars! Why didn’t anybody tell me there was a new Skyline movie out? Is it too late to change my box office predictions?

In all seriousness, Skyline, for those who don’t remember, was a pretty forgettable alien invasion movie from 2010. Turk from Scrubs was in it. Somehow, despite terrible reviews and a lousy box-office performance, a sequel got made, and here it is. And this one’s actually getting a decent reaction! Not many have seen it, but the ones who have seem onboard. Frank Grillo and Iko Uwais are in it, and they’re both awesome. Under the right circumstances, this could become a cult classic and perhaps, one day, we’ll be celebrating the long-awaited eighth Skyline film after Disney buys the rights.

The Bottom Line

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will open in first place, and everything else will just take a step down. Coco will drop to second, Justice League will take thirdWonder will take fourth. Let’s say Ferdinand rounds out the top five.

Movies To Look Forward To:

Jumanji: Welcome to the JunglePitch Perfect 3The Shape of Water (December 22nd)

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Michael Smith

Mike Smith is an avid filmgoer from New York who loves to hear his own voice - luckily his work as a podcaster on FilmBook allows him to do just that. Mike graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany with a degree in communications, and is ready to dole out critical analysis of all your pop culture fixations. Mike is the host of FilmBookCast and can frequently be seen at his local movie theater, patiently explaining to his friends that Superman Returns is a misunderstood masterpiece.

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