This Weekend At the Box Office: 04/22/2016

The Jungle Book won the box office last weekend, with a $7 million take (and double overseas). Barbershop came in second with $1.3 million, and The Boss was third.

This weekend there’s something for everyone.

Nina, the controversial Nina Simone biopic, stars Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo. The Oscar-nominated What Happened, Miss Simone? streams on Netflix.

Elvis & Nixon, a comedy inspired by a meeting between the two in the ’70s, stars Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey…that guy loves the White House.

The Meddler stars Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon. Sarandon is a meddling mother and Byrne is a struggling screenwriter in this supposed comedy.

Queen Mimi is an uplifting? documentary about a sweet octogenarian forced out of her home and living in a Santa Monica laundromat for 18 years, befriending locals and movie stars.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War is this week’s blockbuster, a sequel in release to The Huntsman but prequel in story. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway, and Charlize Theron in an action film that finds two sister queens at war (and my blood pressure at an all-time high).

Sworn Virgin is an Albanian film about a woman who opts in to the tradition of burrnesha, and eventually visits her sister who lives in Italy with a nuclear family.

Tale of Tales is a fairy-tale inspired horror film featuring a collection of definitely rated-R stories and starring Selma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and John C. Reilly.

A Hologram for the King stars American sweetheart Tom Hanks as an American businessman in Saudi Arabia trying to make a deal while surviving bureaucracy and customs. Yes, adapted from the Dave Eggers novel.

Precious Cargo stars Bruce Willis as a crime boss seeking thieves played by Claire Forlani and Mark-Paul Goselaar, who are on the hunt for precious gems.

Also in theatres:

  • If you live in the New York City area, BAM’s New Voices in Black Cinema starts tonight and runs through the weekend and is worth your time and money.
  • Green Room was a smart, occasionally funny, terrifying film. It was beautifully shot. See it now or when it comes to town.
  • There’s also Nil Battey Sannata, a Hindi drama; Men & Chicken, a black comedy about two outcast brothers, starring Mads Mikkelsen; Compadres, an action-comedy with who-would-have-thought-it buddies, a cop and a hacker, out to defeat a drug lord.
  • Previously opened films include The BossThe Witch, and Zootopia.

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