Last weekend’s big release, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice raked in the money, bringing in $193.23 million in its first five days, despite negative reviews (my favorite is David Edelstein‘s, particularly where he likens Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne to Dick Cheney). Without any big releases this weekend, Batman vs. Superman is likely to win again this weekend. Internationally, Deadpool dominated the box office, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever.
What will Batman and Superman smash this week? Let’s see…
God’s Not Dead 2 ends our brief, peaceful box office rollout without the born again pastiche. Melissa Joan Hart, in need of a paycheck, is a teacher taken to court by anti-God crusaders after talking about god in school. With Jesse Metcalf and Ray Winstone.
Francofonia examines the efforts of the Louvre’s museum director and a German soldier to protect the museum’s art from the nazis.
Chonquing Hotpot, in limited release, is a stylish Chinese comedy-heist film about a bored bank teller who plans a bank heist in return for half of the money and an escape from her dull life. Her accomplices are seeking to use the money to buy themselves out of their failing hotpot restaurant.
The Dark Horse is better than your typical inspirational, based on true events drama with elements on mental illness and at-risk teens. Cliff Curtis is Genesis Potini, the real life chess champion of New Zealand who lead The Eastern Knights and struggles to save his nephew (James Rolleston, Boy) from a life of gangs. I saw it Monday, I hate inspirational films, and it’s totally worth your time. The Dark Horse won Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards and is highly-rated on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ki & Ka, an Indian romantic comedy about newlyweds; Kill Me, Deadly, a comedy spoof about a private investigator in 1947 whose client is murdered; Kill Your Friends, a received dark comedy starring Nicholas Hoult as a Patrick Batemanesque record industry shill in the ’90s; Marinoni, a documentary about racing legend Giuseppe Marinoni.
Previously opened films include My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Zootopia, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Fifty Shades of Black.