The Bottom Line: September 22, 2017
The Kingsmen face off against some LEGOs at the box office this weekend. Find out how they will do in this week’s edition of The Bottom Line!
Box Office Top Five
IT showed no signs of slowing down, taking in an impressive $60.2 million to remain in first place for its second week. American Assassin opened in second with $14.9 million, while Darren Aronofsky’s mother! polarized audiences to the tune of $7.6 million, taking third place. The Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Home Again took fourth with $5.2 million, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard rounded out the top five with $3.6 million.
A Closer Look at Some of this Week’s Films.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (R) 141 mins.
I’ve been looking forward to Kingsman: The Golden Circle for a while. I’m a big fan of Matthew Vaughn, director of films like Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, and arguably the real secret weapon behind the early films of Guy Ritchie (he was a producer on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch). And I really like his original film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on the comic by Mark Millar. So a sequel set to expand the world and deliver more of that classic Bond action that the actual Bond movies have largely abandoned seems exactly my cup of tea.
Unfortunately, reviews are more split this time around, and even those who like the film seem to agree that it’s not nearly as good as the first. That’s a bummer, but will it affect the film’s box office? The first ended up being a surprise hit, and I think this could do similar business. Just speaking from anecdotal evidence, it seems like every time the trailer has come on while I’ve been at the movies, I’ve heard people saying “I want to see that.” That’s probably good news, especially since it has to compete with the juggernaut that is IT. I’m thinking it will be able to overtake IT for first place, but just barely.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG) 90 mins.
If you’ve seen the other LEGO movies, than you probably already know what to expect from this one. A strong cast that includes Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Kumail Nanjiani, Olivia Munn, and Jackie Chan headline this movie based on a popular line of LEGO toys about ninjas. Reviews have been decidedly more mixed for this compared to critical hits like The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, but my guess is that if you enjoy those movies (i.e. if you have a soul) than you’ll probably find something to like here. Expect this to open at number two at the box office this weekend.
Stronger (R) 119 mins.
Jake Gyllenhall and Tatiana Maslany star in this drama about a man injured during the Boston Marathon bombing. Everything I’ve heard about this movie is that it’s excellent, drawing great reviews from festivals that paint it as so much more than a traditional inspirational drama. David Gordon Green’s career as a director has been all over the place, but when he hits, he really hits, and it seems like Stronger really does hit. It’s opening in limited release so don’t expect to see it in the top five this week, but know that it’s out there and should definitely be seen.
The Bottom Line
It’s a tough call this week, but I think Kingsman: The Golden Circle will just barely take first place, while The LEGO Ninjago Movie will take second. IT will follow close behind at number three, and from there American Assassin will take fourth. Home Again will round out the top five.
Movies To Look Forward To:
American Made, Flatliners, ‘Til Death Do Us Part (September 29th)
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