Box-Office Picks for Movies Hitting the Theaters this Weekend

On the 26th of January, 2017, Screen Rant published the latest week’s box office prediction. This is published by Screen Rant every week to help the audience decide on what to watch for the upcoming weekend. Their prediction for this weekend includes Split in the number one position, A Dog’s Purpose in the number two position, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in the third position, Hidden Figures in the fourth position and La La Land in the fifth position. After looking at the comparison of Screen Rant’s predictions last week to the actual scenario, I was impressed at how the predictions were almost entirely precise. Four out five predictions came true, so choosing which movies to watch this weekend based on their predictions is quite worth it.



Screen Rant’s Top Box Office Pick – Split


Screen Rant appears to be loving the movie, Split topping it again on the list for the second consecutive week. They had published a full box office wrap-up coverage of Split’s inaugural weekend at the very beginning of this week. The opening weekend had accumulated a massive $40 million. This movie is ideal for enthusiasts of the thriller/horror genre as almost all of the audience was awe-struck by the twisted ending delivered brilliantly by M. Night Shyamalan. This movie is expected to be one of the most hyped movies as it has already received countless positive reviews.



Screen Rant’s Number 2 Box Office Pick – A Dog’s Purpose


A Dog’s Surprise is expected to be a favorite for animal lovers since the story revolves around the magical effect pets have on the lives of their owners. In the story, the dog is shown to be reincarnated many times while contributing positively to the lives of all of its owners at every one of its birth. The movie has, however, received some negative reviews for showing the main character, the dog in a rather manipulated situation.



Screen Rant’s Third Box Office Pick – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter


The final part of the Resident Evil franchise is not expected to perform as highly as its previous installments. This is because of a few preliminary negative reviews accompanied by some noteworthy Oscar-deserving competitors. It is still expected that the movie will receive much love from its loyal fan base, predicted to hit its opening weekend at a disappointing $15.5 million. Overall it is expected to perform the lowest at the box office compared to any of the parts of the Resident Evil series.

Promotional Artwork For Anastasia: The New Musical Released

Musical lovers and the many fans of the 1997 historical epic film ‘Anastasia” released by 20th Century Fox got their first glimpse of promotional art work for the upcoming Broadway adaptation of the film on August 23, 2016. The promo art shows Anastasia a. k. a. Anya dancing down a bridge that separates the Kremlin and the Eiffel Tower. The new stage production opens at the Broadhurst Theater on April 24, 2017.


The story line is an imaginative retelling of the last days of the Russian empire with all the glamour, pathos, but little of historical accuracy. Anya is an amnesiac Anastasia who becomes separated from her sister Marie. One should note that this very unrealistic version of the last days of the Tzar in Russia was actually accepted as fact by a large number of film viewers.


Anya and a puppy named Pooka first venture to Saint Petersburg and eventually to Paris. Anya collects Dimitry and Vladimir as street-wise guides to her sister while escaping the clutches of Rasputin, communists, and Bartok, Rasputin’s evil minion. Dimitry and Anya eventually elope.


Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, composer and lyricist for the film version, added two new songs to the much beloved repertoire for the Broadway adaptation. Darko Tresnjak is directing the production. Terrence McNally adapted the film script to the stage. Peggy Hickey is responsible for choreography. All of the people involved in the development of the stage adaptation of Anastasia are Tony Award winners. This fact could explain the premiere sellout at the Hartford Stage.


Christy Altomare stars as Anya. Derek Klena plays Dimitry.


Fans have been clamoring for a live film version of the original movie but no studio has been up to the task. Expectations are high for a long run for the stage adaptation based on the score alone. The film almost tripled its production budget in sales.


The still shots from the premiere also showed Altomare singing, a duet by Dimitry and Anya in Russia, and Anya’s first venture into Paris society as a rather underdressed waif.


All expectations are that Anastasia: The New Musical will be the biggest thing to hit Broadway in 2017. Odds makers are already making predictions for Tony Awards for the score and possibly for the lead.


Othello Off Broadway to Star Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo

Last fall, Daniel Craig returned to his prominent role as the super British spy James Bond in Spectre. Soon, this fall, he will grace the stage as a villain instead. Craig will team up with another British star – David Oyelowo – for an Off Broadway rendition of Shakespeare’s classic Othello masterpiece. Craig has already appeared in a few shows in the Broadway circuit himself, including a 2013 role in “Betrayal” and a 2009 role in “A Steady Rain.” It’s sure to be a hot ticket for theatre season, with Craig as Iago and Oyelowo in the titular role as Othello.

New York Theater Workshop will put the play up, which is a renowned nonprofit organization. The New York Theater Workshop is well respected in the artist community. They will perform in an intimate venue that seats less than 200 people. While the production schedule is still up in the air, a date of late 2016 has been confirmed by the theater.

Sam Gold is signed on as director. He is quite in demand in New York, and recently won the Tony Award for “Fun Home,” which was a musical he worked on. He has also contributed to Annie Baker’s collaborations that earned a Pulitzer Prize. It will be his first time directing a Shakespeare production in a professional manner. Gold reportedly chose the New York Theater Workshop due to its history of providing directors with a lot support and because of the close setting. Gold also said that he would be fundraising to bring the resources available for the production up to a more manageable level.

Apparently, the history of the genesis of this play with its current cast started with Daniel Craig reaching out to Gold after seeing some of his work. Craig reportedly wanted to work with the director on a play, and Othello seemed to fit the bill. With Oyelowo as the powerful main character (which he can pull off as he did in the film “Selma”), the production is sure to wow crowds. The only question is, will there be enough room for everyone who wants to go? It seems that the answer will depend on how many days they plan to run the show for, and at what cost they are selling for.