Last week’s opener Ford v Ferrari took a victory lap this past weekend, opening at number one in the country at $31.1 million. Holdover Midway came in second ($8.8 million), Charlie’s Angels disappointed at third ($8.7 million), and Playing With Fire ($8.6 million) and Last Christmas ($6.8 million) rounded out the top-5. It is just not a prime time of year for the box office, especially with all of the streaming options available in the comfort of our own homes (hello, Disney+). I do, however, predict that at least one of this week’s opening films will lap Ford v Ferrari.
Here are the top movies opening in theaters this week.
21 Bridges (R)
Director(s): Brian Kirk
Writer(s): Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Rotten Tomatoes: Current: 46%; Prediction: 50%
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons
An NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) is on the hunt for a couple of cop killers and finds himself in the midst of a surprising and wide-reaching conspiracy. As the plot thickens, the authorities close all 21 of the bridges (roll credits) that lead into and out of Manhattan.
Unfortunately for this cast and the minds behind the scenes (the Russo Brothers of Avengers fame are producers), this one looks less like a big-screen feature, and more like the latest cop drama on network television. Early reviews have confirmed as much.
VERDICT: Stay away.
Frozen II (PG)
Writer(s): Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Marc Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
Rotten Tomatoes: Current: 79%; Prediction: 77%
Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown
In this sequel to the breakout animated hit of 2013, Elsa (Idina Menzel) sets out on a journey to find out why she was born with the magical powers she possesses. Our favorite usual suspects from the first film to accompany her on this quest; Anna (Kristen Bell), Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Sven. Will her powers be enough to save her kingdom (again)?
While this one may not go down as the classic that its predecessor has become, all word of mouth from initial screenings suggests this is a worthy successor.
VERDICT: See it.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG)
Director: Marielle Heller
Writer(s): Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Rotten Tomatoes: Current: 97%; Prediction: 96%
Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper
A jaded magazine writer, Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), is assigned to profile Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks). The two become unexpected friends, as the iconic “Mister Rogers” teaches the journalist about kindness, empathy and decency.
This looks like an absolute home run, and a worthy biopic for the late Fred Rogers, America’s favorite neighbor.
VERDICT: See it.
Last Week’s Rotten Tomatoes Predictions
The latest episode in the Charlie’s Angles saga dropped from a pre-release 63 percent to a mediocre 57 percent, which we predicted almost perfectly.
The Good Liar
Quite off the nose here. The Good Liar was sitting at a drab 61 percent coming into the weekend but managed to actually tick up a few points to 65 percent.
Ford v Ferrari
Back-to-back miscalculations on our part, though this one still within five percentage points. Rather than dropping slightly from a prerelease score of 89 percent, Ford v Ferrari lapped itself.
Closing out the day on a high note. The Report dropped from 86 percent to 81, just a few notches lower than we expected.