Monday Movie Report: ‘Spotlight’ Wins Big Prize From Critics’ Choice

Another Sunday meant another award show last night. This time around it was the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Award ceremony, and “Spotlight” ended up taking home some big prizes.

The journalism centered flick which follows the story of Boston Globe reporters won both Best Picture and Best Acting Ensemble, which solidifies its place alongside “The Revenant” as a front-runner for the Oscars.

Speaking of front-runners, though, it was also a good night for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which earned Best Action Movie, Best Actor in an Action Movie, Best Actress in an Action Movie, Best Visual Effects, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Costume Design and Best Editing.

So what does that mean? In my view, I think it means “Mad Max” will have a run like “Gravity” had a few years ago at the Oscars. “Mad Max” will probably win quite a few technical awards for its incredible filmmaking, but like how “Gravity” lost Best Picture to “12 Years a Slave,” “Mad Max” will probably be beat by either “The Revenant” or “Spotlight.”

Other notes from the Critics’ Choice Awards:

  • Before Sunday, I was about 85 percent sure Sylvester Stallone would win the Oscar for Supporting Actor. After last night, I’m about 90 percent. If he goes on to win the Screen Actors Guild award (which takes place on Jan. 30), I’ll be about 99.9 percent sure.
  • Best Supporting Actress is a tossup. Last night Alicia Vikander won and Kate Winslet won the Golden Globe for the same category. The category also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh from “The Hateful Eight” and Rooney Mara from “Carol.” It might be the toughest category to choose this year.
  • The winners were deserving and well chosen, the show itself, though, wasn’t too great. Maybe his style of comedy just isn’t for me, but T.J. Miller just didn’t work as a host, with many of his attempts at humor falling flat.

Moving away from the red carpet and over to the box office we can see that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was finally knocked off its perch at No. 1. The full top five movies at the box office according to boxofficemojo.com were:
1. Ride Along 2 – $35,320,000
2. The Revenant – $31,800,000
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $26,377,000
4. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – $16,218,000
5. Daddy’s Home – $9,543,000.

My first impression of the numbers is that the weekend overall was really good for Hollywood, with the top three making more than $90 million. That is a good result for a month that can have lower returns than most for movie studios.

Other observations:

  • “Ride Along 2” made just a bit less than the first film, a drop from $41,516,170 in the opening weekend to $35,320,000 this time around. That being said, it’s still a good opening for a comedy.
  • Despite falling, “Star Wars” is still putting up great numbers and could manage to knock off “Titanic” as the second highest grossing film if it can keep up this pace.
  • Director Michael Bay’s film had an OK opening for “13 Hours,” coming in just under studio expectations. The real question is whether or not this film will have the legs to carry it to a higher gross in the weeks ahead.

Looking ahead to next week, new films at the box office include the raunchy comedy Dirty Grandpa with Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, the sci-fi alien film “The 5th Wave” with Chloe Grace Moretz and the horror/thriller “The Boy.”

On home video, DVD and Blu-Ray releases include:

  • Straight Outta Compton (ATMR Rating: 4 out of 5 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%
  • The Intern (ATMR Rating: 3 out of 5 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60%
  • Everest (ATMR Rating: 2 out of 5 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%)
  • Jem and the Holograms (ATMR Rating: 2 out of 5 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 19%)
  • Woodlawn (Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%)

The Critics’ Choice Awards logo is from the Broadcast Film Critics Association