Sunday, December 10, 2023

Best Of The Week (8/16/2021 – 8/23/2021)

By Casey Lee Clark 

We’re back with another “Best Of The Week” article, where we check in with not only the new physical media releases of the week but also a list of the top 10 results from the box office this past weekend, plus the top 10 streaming titles of the week on both film and television. We hope that this new weekly snapshot provides you with all of the information you want for movies currently playing in theaters, movies arriving on physical media, and movies available to stream. Please send us your feedback as this is a new weekly column for the site. Thank you!

​Now, let’s take a look and see where the industry is at today!

August 20th – 22nd Weekend Box Office (Top 10)
1. Free Guy – $18,790,000
2. PAW Patrol: The Movie – $13,000,000 (NEW)
3. Jungle Cruise – $6,230,000
4. Don’t Breathe 2 – $5,050,000 (v)
5. Respect – $3,810,742 (v)
6. The Suicide Squad – $3,410,000 (v)
7. The Protege – $2,935,000 (NEW)
8. The Night House – $2,869,000 (NEW)
9. Reminiscence – $2,000,000 (NEW)
10. Black Widow – $1,157,000 (v)

Dropped Out Of The Top 10 (Total To Date)
11. Old – $45,182,650
12. The Green Knight – $15,944,682
13. Space Jam: A New Legacy – $69,223,929
14. Stillwater – $13,575,325

A slew of new releases made it into the top 10 this week, but last week’s number 1 film “Free Guy” maintained the top spot with a robust $18,790,000. The animated children’s movie “PAW Patrol: The Movie” debuted at number 2 with a strong $13,000,000. “Jungle Cruise” hung on for dear life in its 4th week with $6,230,000 at the number 3 spot. Last week’s number 2 film “Don’t Breathe 2” dropped down slightly to the number 4 spot with $5,050,000, while the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” came in at number 5 with $3,810,742 in its 2nd week in theaters. Warner Bros. box-office disappointment continues with “The Suicide Squad,” which is still hanging on with $3,410,000 at number 6, but it has grossed less than $50 million to date compared to its $200 million price tag. Next, we have a few new releases in the next three spots, with the action crime thriller “The Protege” at $2,935,000, horror film “The Night House” at $2,869,000, and sci-fi neo-noir “Reminiscence” coming in with a shockingly low $2,000,000. Rounding out the top 10 is “Black Widow” in its 7th week in theaters with $1,157,000. The box-office continues to limp on as many new releases are failing to generate enough interest against the Delta Variant which has audiences staying home once again. How long will this continue? Only time will tell.

New Physical Media Releases


Quite a few new releases are coming to Blu-ray this week, as well as some exciting older films to boutique labels. The week’s most prominent new release is “The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It“, the 2021 horror sequel starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. This is available on both 4K UHD and Blu-ray. We also have “Peter Rabbit 2”, the 2021 family film sequel starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, and David Oyelowo, with the voices of James Corden, Elizabeth Debicki, and Margot Robbie. This one is also available on both 4K and standard Blu-ray. A couple of other 2021 films coming to Blu-ray this week are “Lansky,” starring Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington, Anna Sophia Robb, John Magaro, and Minka Kelly, and “Habit,” starring Bella Thorne, Gavin Rossdale, and Paris Jackson. There’s also “How It Ends,” co-written, co-directed by, and starring Zoe Lister-Jones. Also co-written and co-directed by Daryl Wein, this also stars Cailee Spaeny, Helen Hunt, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen, Lamorne Morris, and Nick Kroll. From Kino Lober comes the 2020 Georgian film from MUBI, “Beginning,” directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili.

​Moving on to some new releases of older films from Kino Lorber, we have the 1967 musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing. Arrow Video has two big releases this week. Their 4K upgrade of the 1971 Giallo film “The Cat o’ Nine Tails,” directed by Dario Argento, and “Blind Beast,” the 1969 Japanese horror film directed by Yasuzô Masumura. From the Warner Archive Collection comes the 1981 crime drama “Prince of the City,” directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Bob Balaban, James Tolken, and Lindsay Crouse. Shout Factory has a couple of major releases this week, such as the 1987 horror sequel “A Return to Salem’s Lot,” directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty. From the Shout Select label, “The Oh, God! Collection”. This features the comedy trilogy starring George Burns and includes the films “Oh, God!” (1977, dir. Carl Reiner), “Oh, God! Book II” (1980, dir. Gilbert Cates), and “Oh, God! You Devil” (1984, dir. Paul Bogart). Finally, we have a Blu-ray upgrade from the Criterion Collection of the classic 1958 Polish film “Ashes and Diamonds,” directed by Andrzej Wajda.

Top 10 Streaming Titles (Provided BJustWatch)

The Green Knight” topped streaming charts, likely due to its arrival on VOD earlier this week. The 1989 baseball classic “Field of Dreams” was also popular, carrying over from the event game last week taking place on a replica of the titular field. Recent theatrical releases “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins,” “A Quiet Place Part II,” and “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” were also popular at-home viewings this week. At the same time, the action hit from earlier this year, “Nobody,” was also trendy, likely due to the positive news following star Bob Odenkirk’s heart attack late last month. The original “Don’t Breathe” was big on streaming this week while its sequel plays in theaters. Despite only being in theaters currently, “Stillwater” was still heavily searched, while “The Suicide Squad,” which is playing both theaters and on HBOMax, was popular at home in addition to theaters. Finally, following an art-house release, “Annette” arrived on Amazon Prime this weekend and clearly caught some people’s attention. 

What do you think of this new format? Your feedback is greatly appreciated as we attempt to give you a snapshot of where the industry is at every week. We will be updating this every Monday. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below or on our Twitter account. Thank you!

You can follow Casey and hear more of her thoughts on the Oscars and Film on Twitter at @CaseyLeeClark

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