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The Bottom Line: October 13, 2017: Celebrate HAPPY DEATH DAY Again And Again And Again

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The Bottom Line: October 13, 2017

Jackie Chan returns to American cinema and we’ve got a new horror movie just in time for Friday the 13th. Find out how they will do in this week’s edition of The Bottom Line!

Box Office Top Five

Blade Runner 2049 may have underperformed, but it did still top the box office with $32.8 million. The Mountain Between Us came in at number two with $10.6 million. It still remains one of the top films, taking third place with $10 million. My Little Pony: The Movie took fourth with $8.9 million, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle rounded out the top five with $8.7 million.

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

The Foreigner (R) 113 mins.

I’m a big Jackie Chan fan, and I’ve been hoping for him to return to American cinema for a while (outside of voice work, I’m pretty sure his last major American work was 2010’s The Karate Kid). This looks to be a revenge thriller in the vein of Taken, pitting Chan against Pierce Brosnan in a film directed by Goldeneye and Casino Royale‘s Martin Campbell. It looks very dark and gritty and violent; the problem is that was never Chan’s strength. Jackie Chan is an action comedy god, and his best work like Project A or Drunken Master work because of the fun and the inventiveness to the action. Putting him in an ultra-serious role like this seems like the opposite of what people like Jackie Chan for, but we’ll see how it does. I’m predicting it opens at number two at the box office.

Happy Death Day (PG-13) 96 mins.

I think this one is going to take people by surprise. The trailers come off a little goofy, but the premise is sound – essentially, it’s a horror movie version of Groundhog Day. A girl is murdered, then has to relive the day of her murder over and over again until she can figure out who the killer is. There’s a lot of fun to be had with that premise, and the trailers for this have been everywhere. I think Happy Death Day will actually make a lot of money. Think about it, it’s the only horror movie opening on Friday the 13th, and the only other horror movie opening up in October is Jigsaw. And It may be a major hit, but it’s been out for over a month. It’s Happy Death Day‘s turn to reign supreme for a week or two, and I’m expecting it to open at number one at the box office.

Marshall (PG-13) 118 mins.

Chadwick Boseman plays Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in his early years in this biopic, and reviews have mostly been favorable. It seems like it ends up being more of an ensemble courtroom drama than a Thurgood Marshall biopic, which may leave some viewers disappointed. In any case, there doesn’t seem to be a ton of buzz surrounding this movie, and though it is opening in wide release, I don’t see it making a ton of money. I don’t see it making the top five.

The Bottom Line

Happy Death Day will open in first place, while The Foreigner will take second. Blade Runner 2049 will drop down to third place, and The Mountain Between Us will take fourth. And yes, amazingly, It will stick around in the top five, rounding it out for another week.

Movies To Look Forward To:

Geostorm, The SnowmanOnly the Brave (October 20th)

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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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