LISTEN – THE REEL REPORT WITH RIA RENOUF – FRIDAY, JANUARY 29TH 2016

The Revenant gives up one day of being number one in North America…to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. New to the box office this week: a gun-slinging Natalie Portman, and a panda trying to grab destiny by the dumplings.

Winners and Losers at the North American Box Office:

It’s all about movies that have been in the theatres the longest. The Revenant gave up one day in the number one spot in North America, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens taking that top spot last Sunday. The Revenant is still number one, having made about $233 million since its limited release on Christmas Day – it had its wide release on January 8th. If you still haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend you do so. You can check out my review of The Revenant by clicking here. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is sitting at number two, having made a little over $1.9 billion worldwide at the box office. That means if we don’t consider every single movie that’s ever come out – adjusted for inflation, it’s not too far off from the number two spot for highest grossing domestic movie of all time – that is currently held by Titanic ($2.1 billion). Now, before everyone tells me I’m wrong, let me clarify: when you adjust for inflation, the number one movie is Gone With the Wind. Unadjusted for inflation, the number one movie is James Cameron’s Avatar.

Number three at the box office: Dirty Grandpa, starring Robert de Niro and Zac Efron. I haven’t had a chance to see this one, and from what I’ve read so far, it’s been panned by critics. Regardless, it’s still managed to pull in about $17 million worldwide.

Number four – 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which I screened, and wasn’t too keen on after all was said and done. You can read my review on that here. The Michael Bay-directed movie has done about $35 million domestically.

Number five – Ride Along 2 – at one point last week, it was number one in certain markets, which, for something so strongly panned, was a shock for me. It’s managed to do about $71 million worldwide.

Many of the other new movies to hit theatres last week ended up in the top ten. The Fifth Wave and The Boy are within that bracket. For my review on The Fifth Wave, click here. For my review on The Boy, click here.

Out in Theatres this Week:

We’ve got Kung Fu Panda 3, Jane Got a Gun, The Finest Hours, and Fifty Shades of Black. Frankly, I’m the most stoked for Kung Fu Panda, which is the third movie in the series. Po, voiced by Jack Black, has to learn how to teach. Po is also super excited to reunite with his real father – a panda bear named Li Shan (voiced by Bryan Cranston). I had the chance to screen the movie early – and you can read about that by clicking here. In Jane Got a Gun, Natalie Portman’s character asks for help from her former fiancee, played by Joel Edgerton, after a gang goes after her husband. Disney’s The Finest Hours chronicles a rescue during one of America’s worst maritime disasters, and Fifty Shades of Black makes fun of Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Trailers that Have People Talking:

Why, Barry Sonnenfeld? Why? The director takes on Kevin Spacey turning into a cat in Nine Lives. Online reaction is…weird.

The movie comes out in August – the trailer is below. Meow.

New Release Highlights:

Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper as a down-on-his-luck chef, came out earlier this week. The movie has been mostly panned by critics. Next week: Our Brand is Crisis with Sandra Bullock, and Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray. My Flashback Friday recommendation is The Ice Pirates with Anjelica Houston and John Carradine. The movie is a tongue-and-cheek sort of version of Star Wars. It came out in 1984. The trailer is below.

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