Weekend Box Office: November 26, 2016

Fantastic Beasts… was last weekend’s big winner with $74.4 million. But who cares. Moonlight is in a wider release and Moana is out this weekend too. There’s plenty to go around when you slink off to the theater to avoid your family.

Some of this weekend’s films are coming out on Wednesday to maximum weekend profits and family avoidance, so buckle up:

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016


Rules Don’t Apply is Warren Beatty’s reason to come out of retirement. Beatty is Howard Hughes, and Lily Collins is an aspiring actress in Hollywood. She is aided by her driver Alden Ehrenreich.


Bad Santa 2 stars Billy Bob Thornton as the Santa Clause you hope your child will never meet in a sequel to 2003’s Bad Santa. My dad loves Bad Santa and it’s going to get real awkward when my mom agrees to rent the sequel because Kathy Bates stars, too.


Dear Zindagi is a comedy about a young woman aspiring to lead the perfect life. You and Carrie Bradshaw, sweetie.


Moana is Disney’s latest CGI-animated feature, and for once it features a girl on an adventure! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson voices demi god Maui.


Alive and Kicking is a documentary about people who freaking love swing dancing.


Allied is an Oscar Bait period thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as two WWII spies who fall in love. Except they’re not on the same side! Oh noes.

Friday, November 25th, 2016


Evolution is a French horror film about a boy who is subjected to experiments on a remote island but questions his mother’s purpose for bringing him there.


Baden Baden is the final installment of Rachel Lang’s trilogy, which began in 2010 with For You I Will Fight.


Lion stars Dev Patel as a Saroo Brierley, a man who was found in an Indian train station and adopted by an Australian couple; 25 years later Saroo traveled to India to find his biological family.


Always Shine stars Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald as two friends on a tense vacation together. One is a struggling actress whereas another is finding more success. THIS is my weekend pick. Later days, screaming Disney families.


Mifune: The Last Samurai is a documentary about “accidental” actor Toshiro Mifune, who appeared in 170+ films.


Kill Command is an action film about a group of highly skilled marines sent to a remote island filled with deadly robots.

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