LAST weekend, The Magnificent Seven grossed $34, 7 million in the United States, solidifying the star power of its main actor Denzel Washington.
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The ensemble cast that also features Hollywood leading man Chris Pratt managed to have this moderate success due to the film’s direction — action set pieces and overall story.
As of Wednesday, The Magnificent Seven was sitting at a box haul of $43,75 million for a global of $65,12 million off a reported $90 million budget.
The film is expected to have grossed $17 million by early tomorrow.
The other two movies expected to top the Washington starrer are Hollywood veteran director Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is based on a 2011 novel of the same name.
The book tells the story of a boy, Jacob Portman, who following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. The orphanage is headed by Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine who is the headmistress and tries to keep the secret behind the place.
However, being inquisitive, Portman discovers the orphanage has some strange happenings going around which leads into a big and interesting adventure.
In the film, Portman is played by young actor Asa Butterfield while Peregrine is played by former Bond girl Eva Green.
The film had a bit of a buzz going into the weekend as the director Burton has made a name for himself in directing strange and weird films.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the film version, kicks off when 16-year-old Portman is forced to travel to an island filled with mystery at Wales in order to discover the truth of what really happened. Jake’s ordinary life takes an extraordinary turn as the childhood fairytales he heard from his grandfather start to become more plausible.
After stumbling into what seems to be a different world, Jake is introduced to the extraordinary Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children who are gifted with powers at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
But when what seems to be a fairytale takes a horrific turn, Jake is forced to make a life-altering decision in order to protect the ones he loves from the monsters of his grandfather’s past, the creepy Hollows and the dangerous Wights (human creatures with powers) led by the terrifying Mr Barron.
Mr Barron is played by Hollywood veteran Samuel Jackson.
However, Burton has not found much luck in recent years as his usual shtick of weird and strange is slowly becoming boring.
This has been proven by the fact that Burton’s last significant success was in 2010 when he directed the Disney hit Alice in Wonderland.
However, one thing working in the film’s favour, as is the trademark with Burton directed films, are the stunning visuals and special effects used. These have always been characterised by unique designs in coming up with the different characters.
Stories full of adventure have to be presented as an awe-inspiring journey for them to be a hit. This involves offering bigger and better moments on each point of discovery at crucial plot points of the adventure.
Going into the weekend, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was awarded a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. What works in the film’s favour is the acting and characters which really hits home with the core elements of the story.
Pundits have kept the expectations low for the film.
Another contender for this weekend’s box office crown will be Oscar-potential film Deepwater Horizon.
The season for Oscar films, although it can be at any time of the year, usually begins to fully roll out this month.
As such, Deepwater Horizon will be looking to get early award buzz.
The film is based on the truth life encounter from April 20 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico when a BP-operated oil rig called Deepwater Horizon had an unsuspecting leak which led to a huge explosion causing months of oil leakage.
The leakage resulted in one of the worst environmental crisis in recent times.
Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for about 87 days, until it was capped on July 15 2010.
The film Deepwater Horizon takes place just hours before the disaster began, when oil rig worker Mike Williams (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his crew are drilling a well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. However, the work is cut short when a worst-case explosion shakes the rig and sets it on fire, leading to Mike trying to save his fellow employees.
The film is reportedly based on a New York Times account of the explosion which seeks to tell the story of the heroism of the crew, a different tone to the often more focused environmental effects that is widely associated with the disaster.
Wahlberg will be aiming for an Oscar nod with this one which can be seen through his exceptional acting work. This is also the second time he has collaborated with the director, Peter Berg, after the hit Lone Survivor from 2014.
The emotional performances really do well to tell the untold story of the crew members on aboard the Deepwater Horizon and feeds well into the theme of the film.
If exceptional dramas are anything to go by, Deepwater Horizon is definitely up there. Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 77% rating.
Unfortunately, the lovable film Stork did not make much of an impact, only mustering a $21,31 million last weekend. As of Wednesday, the film sat on a box office haul of $24,31 million in the United States and a global of $44,31 million as it is starting to quickly fade.
The problem was the timing of the film where there have already been a slew of impressive 3D animations.