Three wide releases hit theaters, with Disney expecting another avalanche of earnings from Frozen II.
This weekend should be instructive. The box office has struggled all month, unable to find a hit. Frozen II seems like it should be that surefire winner. The first entry earned one and quarter billion dollars worldwide and was a cultural phenomenon. If the sequel takes even 60% of its big sister’s box office haul, it would easily become this November’s biggest launch.
Frozen II doesn’t land in a vacuum. We’ve got Tom Hanks in a Mr. Rogers biopic, and Black Panther lead Chadwick Boseman helming a police thriller, 21 Bridges. On the home market, half a dozen new titles hit streaming services.
A detective (Chadwick Boseman) looking for two cop killers discovers a dangerous conspiracy. With the island of New York sealed off, he hunts his quarry over one deadly night.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
A journalist working a profile piece on Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) forms a life-long friendship with America’s favorite children’s show host.
The Snow Queen Elsa and her sister Anna are called to adventure far from their home, in a land where even Elsa’s awesome powers may not be enough to save them.
Video on Demand.
We Believe in Dinosaurs.
A documentary about the people who designed and created the 120 million dollar Noah’s Ark replica in Kentucky.
Code & Response.
A documentary about the rise of coders, the tech workers at the heart of modern approaches to fighting natural disasters caused by climate change.
A bright young woman trying to manage her family’s expectations and her own aspirations, meets a hard-working high school drop-out from a troubled family. As they fall in love, their families and histories threaten to pull them apart.
Queen of Hearts.
Anne, a successful lawyer with a perfect life, begins to spiral into obsession when her estranged stepson moves back into her home.
A Reindeer’s Journey.
A nature documentary following a pair of reindeer making their annual trek through the beautiful and dangerous wilderness of northern Finland.
A team of space explorers awake from suspended animation only to discover that Earth suffered a cataclysmic event during their absence.