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Nov 11 2018

Can You Ever Forgive the Box Office?

by Nathaniel R

Dear readers,we don't know why we relay the box office charts each week because they can be depressing.Films that should be giant hits are not and vice versa.With great regularity.We've learned to adjust our expectations so that now films that seem like giant hits made for adults are actually just modest hits if you compare them to year's past and so on.But for what it's worth here are this week's charts...

Weekend Box Office Estimates
(Nov 9-11)

800+ screens
excluding prev.wide
1Dr Seuss the Grinch$66 on 4141 screens*NEW*Posterized
1Can You Ever...$1.4 on 391 screens (cum.$3.6)Review,Podcast
2Bohemian Rhapsody$30.8 on 4000 screens (cum.$100)Review,Podcast
2Beautiful Boy$1.4 on 776 screens (cum.$5.1)Podcast
3Overlord$10.1 on 2859 screens*NEW*
3Free Solo$774k on 266 screens
(cum.$8.1)Critics Choice Winner
4The Nutcracker and...$9.5 on 3766 screens (cum.$35.2)Review 4Boy Erased$725k on 77 screens (cum.$997k)
5The Girl in the Spider's Web$8 on 2929 screens*NEW*
5Suspiria$326k on 261 screens (cum.$1.9)Podcast
6A Star is Born$8 on 2848 screens (cum.$178)Review,Soundtracking,Podcast
6A Private War$201k on 40 screens (cum.$283k)Eye Patches
7Nobody's Fool$6.5 on 2468 screens (cum.$24.2)
7Wildlife$142k on 106 screens (cum.$611kReview,Carey Mulligan
8Venom$4.8 on 2351 screens (cum.$206.2)
8Maria By Callas$97k on 26 screens
9Halloween$3.8 (cum.$156.8)Review
9Colette$83k on 81 screens (cum.$4.9)Capsule,Podcast
10The Hate U Give$2 (cum.$26.7)Review
10Burning$79k  on 27 screens (cum.$198k)Review,Podcast,Foreign Film Chart
= new or expanding theater count
numbers (in millions unless otherwise noted) frombox office mojo

Some notes...

•  Though it's not necessarily common,the week's #1 movie also had the best per screen average.The Grinchmade $15,000-ish per screen.The nearest rival wasThe Front Runner(which didn't make the limited release top ten) with $14,000ish per screen.The different is roughly 4,000 screens though,LOL.

The Girl in the Spider's Webis not really a hit,opening with four million less than the David Fincher film 7 whole years ago which begs the question of why the studios didn't just bankroll Fincher and Mara to do a sequel way back when.His film has aged well,after all,and though it wasn't a giant hit it did alright and sequels tend to be safe bets (if you retain casts) since the franchise definitely still has name-brand awareness.

• Suspiriais already losing screens.Why on earth didn't they go bigger before Halloween?

A Star is Bornis now just 10 million shy of breaking into the top ten of 2018 where it will replaceA Quiet Placebefore quickly being booted out by,oh i dunno,Aquamanor something.The Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga Oscar hopeful has started to lose screens but it had (by far) the best hold of any of the top ten,down just 27% from last week.So after 6 weeks it still has legs though competition gets a LOT crazier next weekend.

What did you see this weekend or are you saving your pennies for the opening ofWIDOWSandFANTASTIC BEASTSnext weekend?The studios are gearing up for Thanksgiving now so it's big openings every weekend until the year is wrapped.

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Saw Beautiful Boy..very stirring movie great performances from all involved,,,,Maura Tierney was wonderful.Glad to see her used so well.

November 11,2018 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

Aren't movie theaters primarily for kid films now?I saw the Callas film (great for fans) and The Bodyguard with Richard Madden on Netflix is excellent.

November 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

Boy Erased.Much better than anticipated.Edgerton avoids a lot of cliches,and manages to treat people of faith without disdain.Hedges,Kidman,and Crowe deliver compelling work that carries over the weaker moments.Not great but totally solid.

November 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterEricB

Suspiria was really good until the end.

November 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

Saw Nutcracker and the Four Realms.What was hilarious was that I enjoyed it (knowing about the production problems made me forgiving) but my friend - who often makes fun of me for being overly critical of movies - hated it for every little thing and went on a rant that was,frankly,glorious to behold.

At some point this week,I will be watching The Last Picture Show,which came in via the Netflix.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPoliVamp

saw First Man.The theater was PACKED,I thought this film bombed?
A well directed,dutifully acted,beautifully shot & compellingly scored complete bore of a film.

Also finally caught Coco on netflix.That film was awesome and a lot of fun.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered Commenterhuh

I caught WILDLIFE - just.It opened in Sydney on 1 November and I was horrified to realise after a week it was only playing for 1 morning session a day at 1 cinema near me that I could find.A shame as I loved it and it really stayed with me.Beautifully composed and performed and an astute adaptation of the novel (which I've read,twice).

I also enjoyed BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY for the same reasons that everyone else seems to - Rami Malek + the music.

And an Australian black comedy,BROTHERS' NEST,that had a better-than-average script for an Australian film of its kind - until the ending.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

Re-watches ofAnalyze ThisandAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundyand first-timers inLes Dames du Bois de BoulogneandFilming Othello.

I'm just glad I sawSuspirialast week as I knew it wasn't going to stay at my multiplex for more than a week.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

@Tom Ford

Primarily for kid films?I guess if you live in the country,otherwise there's something for everyone at the theater.I don't think Bohemian Rhapsody,Boy Erased,Overlord or Halloween are kid films.

I saw Beautiful Boy: dutiful acting and a few grace notes but altogether rather flat and uninspired.It's a film for parents,not drug addicts,and that's a real shame.

Also saw Outlaw King: rather pedestrian were it not for Aaron Taylor-Johnson who's an absolute hoot as a maniacal rebel.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered Commentertr

I got to see Shirley Clarke's THE COOL WORLD on a restore 35mm print,which was excellent.

I also saw BURNING,for which I struggle to understand the enthusiasm.An enormous step down from the great SECRET SUNSHINE and the incredible POETRY.Biggest letdown of the year.So boring.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I saw Bohemian and my regular movie theatre was even more packed than on the opening weekend.No one walked during the final credits which is a miracle.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I saw Honoré's Sorry Angel,and really loved it.I hope you get to see it,Nathaniel.A smart,colorful,ultra French queer flick about how else people were behaving at the same time as BPM.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Finally caught up with AUDRIE AND DAISY on Netflix.Sickening.

Finished NO OFFENCE,entertaining British cop show by Paul Abbott,with some great lead female performances.

Started both HOMECOMING and CAMPING.Both have promise beyond the first episodes.Nice to see Julia Roberts on my TV.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Caught up with "Won't you be my neighbor?"and it's sweet,but paints Fred Rogers as essentially unknowable.I think the biggest challenge Marielle Heller has with the upcoming biopic will be granting him any kind of interiority,because everyone talks about him in terms of his public face and his mission.(I'm not even implying that he's less than genuine,just that it's hard to get a real sense of his process,his relationships,etc.)

I'm surprised that "Spider's Web"did so poorly - I didn't see it or particularly care,but I just assumed that others would.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

Why is there a picture of The Cloverfield Paradox in the box for Overlord?

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterCharlea

I didn't get to Suspiria during the week like I planned and it was already out of every local theater it was playing at last weekend on Friday.One of these theaters sold out the entire opening weekend and the nighttime showings during the week.The release schedule makes no sense

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

This was the first weekend I skipped going to the theater in about two months.Instead I mainlined my FilmStruck watchlist (*sobs*).

The best things I watched were Cluny Brown and La Ceremonie,which I've been wanting to see for years,but has been unavailable to me (where will we access these films when FilmStruck is gone?).Cluny Brown is late Lubitsch film starring Jennifer Jones;it's sweet and funny and probably my favorite Jones performance.La Ceremonie is terrific at telegraphing dread,and it made me want to see more of Chabrol's work.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Watched Can You Ever Forgive Me.Easily going to be in my top ten for the year.I'm in awe of McCarthy's performance.The chemistry between her and Grant as well as her and Curtin (in such few,short scenes even!) was masterful.I wish CYEFM was more central in the discussion for Best Picture and Best Director.Deserving - seems like it will hold up well over time.

Also saw Bohemian Rhapsody.Good...Malek is good...suspect it won't stick with me.

Caught up to Moana (what 2 years late?).

And that picture for Free Solo above looks just like an image from Black Narcissus!Am I late to this discussion?Was it purposeful?

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

Suzanne --

Kanopy is a more than adequate substitute for Filmstruck.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlfred

Saw the grinch which I felt was better than the 2000 Jim Carrey version,bohemian rhapsody for a third time.This week I'm seeing overlord,nutcracker and the girl in the spiders web so I could see fantastic beasts 2 and green book a few times over the thanksgiving weekend and pre thanksgiving weekend

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Alfred - Kanopy is only a substitute for FilmStruck if you live in a location where your library offers it.Most people do not.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Suzanne--I adore Cluny Brown.Jones and Boyer make a sublime romantic pairing.Who knew plumbing could be so sexy LOL.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Yeah,I just checked and I don't have access to Kanopy,so it's not an option for me either.As a result,I saw Wildlife,but spent most of the weekend with FilmStruck,catching Victim & Madeleine,the latter of which is awesome and I don't get why more people haven't obsessed over this.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

I saw Roma and Happy as Lazzaro at AFI Fest.Roma is a lovely,deeply felt personal epic.I hope it doesn't become a victim of all the hype.It's scope is small and intimate,which may be a surprise for anyone who has read some of the hossanas that make it sound like a world-altering epic.It's focus is personal and it immersed the viewer in the time,milieu and the life of a particular family.Like any great film,it's effects linger long after you see it.It's a powerful and humane film.

Happy as Lazzaro was also good,but does meander especially in the second half.It's an observant commentary on progress.It's a parable on modern life anchored by the enigmatic Lazzaro,our modern day Lazarus,who even in his rural community is a bit of an odd duck.Happy as Lazzaro is moving in surprising ways and quite funny at times.The magic realism works here,unmooring the viewer just as Lazzaro's community is unmoored from the life they knew.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

I carved a big chunk out towards my goal of 365 movies in a calendar year.

British Film Festival last weekend here - I saw KING OF THIEVES,THE HAPPY PRINCE,THE KNACK...AND HOW TO GET IT,PETERLOO,SWIMMING WITH MEN and INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE.SWIMMING and INTERLUDE were awful,and whilst I didn't mind PETERLOO,it wasn't Leigh's best - I don't think he's the type to do a disaster movie (which this essentially is/should be).

Jewish Film Festival - saw STUDIO 54 and SOBIBOR.Gawd,did the Russian film overplay the holocaust misery porn card!(Apologies to those affected by the Holocaust,but there is a right way and a wrong way to depict the horror.)

BOY ERASED - so wonderful.Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are bad people,because they both made me cry!

SHIRKERS (on Netflix) - interesting personal gonzo-like documentary

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTravis C

I've been attending the AFI Film Fest and been seeing some great movies.So far I've seen Olivier Assayas' "Non Fiction","Knife+Heart","Ray & Liz","Happy as Lazzaro",the 70's inspired horror flick,"In Fabric"and my favorite so far,"Her Smell' was an absolutely fantastic performance by Elizabeth Moss.I'm check out "Under The Silverlake"tonight.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

so,Rosemund Pike.85% on Rotten Tomatoes.She's not even in your longshots.Do you think she will sneak in?

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterG.ShaQ

I live in an urban area but still over 75 percent of movies are primarily for kids,teenagers and garbage eaters.

November 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

I saw BEAUTIFUL BOY.It's got fine performances,but otherwise it could have been a TV Movie.At least a third of the movie is people staring off into the middle distance.I'm not a parent,so YMMV,but this story is a sad and tragic,but not unique,story

November 12,2018 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

I don't really look at numbers or anything,I just go to what looks good to me personally

November 13,2018 | Unregistered CommenterKiara

I saw "Halloween"which is scary good- they wisely ignored all the sequels and those horrible Rob Zombie remakes.Jamie Lee Curtis is excellent as the survivor who knows the nightmare will not end until the Shape is dead

November 13,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

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