ATMR Monday Movie Report 1/11/2016

While there has already been a few movie awards handed out, Sunday evening’s Golden Globes marked the first major ceremony to honor film, and there were certainly a few surprises. In terms of predictions, I was able to get half of them right, and half of them wrong, with one of the shockers being “The Revenant” winning Best Picture – Drama.

So what does it all mean for the Academy Awards at the end of the season? Well, it depends, but likely the biggest front runners that were established last night were in the acting categories. Sylvester Stallone, Brie Larson and yes, Leonardo DiCaprio, are all front runners for Oscars.

However, when it comes to “The Revenant,” it still has serious competition to win an Oscar for Best Picture. For example, just last year “Boyhood” won Best Picture – Drama, and then “Birdman” won Best Picture at the Oscars. Or even a few years ago when “The Social Network” won that award, and then “The King’s Speech” took home the Oscar.

In other movie news, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” won another box office weekend, this time narrowly edging out “The Revenant” in a close race for No. 1. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the top five movies this week were:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $41,630,000
2. The Revenant – $38,000,000
3. Daddy’s Home – $15,000,000
4. The Forest – $13,088,000
5. Sisters – $7,170,000

A couple of things to note with these numbers. First, “Star Wars” continues its historic run, but the question remains if it can overtake “Titanic” or even “Avatar” at the box office. The other things to note is “The Revenant” taking home  a nice chunk of change. The film had been heavily marketed, and it shows by those numbers. Lastly, as expected, “The Forest” came in at just No. 4. It’s not the best opening for a movie, but the budget was only $10 million, so it at least made some money back.

Looking forward to the week ahead, there are three movies getting a nation-wide release. First is “Ride Along 2” starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. I can’t say I was much of a fan of the original, but the trailer for the sequel makes it look a bit better. Next up is “13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” by Director Michael Bay, who seems to be trying to cash in on the success of “American Sniper” the same way he did with “Titanic” when he made “Pearl Harbor.” Lastly, we have “Norm of the North,” which has had very little press.

Away from the theaters and on home video, “The Martian,” which Matt Damon won an acting Golden Globe last night for, will hit the shelves. I gave the film a 4 out of 5 rating and it holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Also coming out are “Hotel Transylvania 2,” which got a 3 out of 5 from me and a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes. Other films coming out include “Sinister 2” with a 14% on RT and “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension” which landed at 13% on RT.