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The Bottom Line: December 8, 2017: As Far Back As I Can Remember, I Always Wanted To Be A Figure Skater…

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The Bottom Line: December 8, 2017

Tonya Harding gets the Goodfellas treatment and The Disaster Artist opens wide. Find out how they will do in this week’s edition of The Bottom Line!

Box Office Top Five

Coco topped the box office again with $26.1 million. Second place went to Justice League, which took in $16.6 million. Wonder took third place $12.6 million, while Thor: Ragnarok took fourth with $9.8 million. Daddy’s Home 2 rounded out the top five with $7.5 million.

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

I, Tonya (R) 119 mins.

Now here’s something I never knew I needed in my life. Margot Robbie plays figure skater Tonya Harding and the film depicts the insanity surrounding the attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan that she and her ex-husband were involved in. When I heard about I, Tonya, I was pretty ambivalent about it, expecting just another stodgy biopic. Instead, all reviews seem to indicate it is something much closer to a Goodfellas or a Fargo, taking a dark comedy approach to the material. Robbie is getting great reviews, with some saying it’s the best performance of her career thus far. This is definitely one I’m pretty excited to see.

It’s opening in limited release this weekend, so don’t expect it to light the box office on fire yet. But if word of mouth is positive, this could be a sleeper hit.

Just Getting Started (PG-13) 91 mins.

The latest in a long line of “Movies made to appeal to old people that also love Morgan Freeman,” Just Getting Started looks to come and go without much fanfare. Unless it really draws in an older crowd (which is slim, but I wouldn’t rule it out), this movie will crash and burn at the box office. Go up to anybody you know and ask them if they’ve heard of the film. When they tell you no, show them the trailer and see if that jogs their memory. It will not. Don’t expect this to make the top five.

The Disaster Artist (R) 104 mins.

After opening in limited release last week, The Disaster Artist expands to wide release this weekend in all of its glory. James Franco’s retelling of the making of legendary bad movie The Room has gotten an extremely positive reaction, and I, for one, can’t wait to see it. If you told me at the beginning of this year that a movie in which James Franco plays Tommy “Oh hi, Mark” Wiseau is up for some serious Oscar consideration, I would have said you were crazy.

There’s not a lot of competition this week and there’s a lot of buzz around the movie, so I’m going to go ahead and say it opens at number one. Why not, right?

The Bottom Line

The Disaster Artist 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 fourthand Thor: Ragnarok will round out the top five.

Movies To Look Forward To:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 15th)

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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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