Box Office Weekend: Friday, October 12th, 2018

Boy was I wrong last week. Venom was the No. 1 release last weekend, raking in $80 million. It now holds the record as the biggest October release! (A Star Is Born did well, too.) We hope you saw the end credits before you left the theater.

Read on for what’s new this weekend, and see why there’s an open-shirted Hemsworth.

Jane and Emma is a this week’s religious film. We haven’t had one in awhile. This one is not only deceptively titled but it’s Mormon, which really shakes things up. Emma is the wife of Joseph Smith, who has just died. (Well, murdered.) And Jane is the African-American woman who helps her in grief.

Stella’s Last Weekend is a dark comedy from director Polly Draper. Draper stars, with her sons Nat and Alex Wollf, who play acrimonious brothers. They’re mad because they’re in love with the same girl. (Stella’s their dog though, not the dog. So that’s good.)

The Oath is a dark (political!) comedy about a couple (Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish (who refuses to sign a loyalty oath to the President. With the deadline on Thanksgiving, things get wildly (actually, probably pretty mild) out of hand.

In Echo Park: “A group of street punks collide in an interlocking story of class and identity in urban America.”

Beautiful Boy is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet are David and Nic respectively. Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan also star.

First Man stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in a film directed Damien Chazelle (La La LandWhiplash) and written by Josh Singer (SpotlightThe Post). The biographical drama, based on James R. Hansen’s First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, follows Armstrong through his flight to the Moon in 1969. Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, and Corey Stoll also star.

Better Start Running stars Annaleigh Tipton, Maria Bello, Jeremy Irons, and Jane Seymour. The film is a fugitive road trip comedy.

Bad Times At The El Royale stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, and Chris Hemsworth. Seven strangers check into a run-down novelty motel near Lake Tahoe in 1969. Bad Times ensue! The trailer reminds me a lof of Identity.

Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween is the sequel to the 2015 Goosebumps. Jack Black will return as author R.L. Stine! Two boys accidentally release Slappy the dummy (NO!!!!) when they find one of Stine’s manuscripts. Additional cast members include Ken Jeong, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Chris Parnell. Black provides the voice for slappy.

Bigger is a biopic about Joe and Ben Weider, “the fathers of the fitness movement.”

Out today on Netflix:

Apostle

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil

Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

FightWorld

ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff

The Boss Baby: Back in Business, season two

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

The Haunting of Hill House

The Kindergarten Teacher

Available October 15:

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments

As usual, some trailers were not available at press time. They include the following programs or films: Tarzan and Jane, Octonauts, season four (Available October 15), and Ron White: If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up (Available October 16).

Hulu releases season one of Light as a Feather today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quv7qjIALUs
The Romanoffs
premieres today on Amazon Prime:

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