Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or stranded on a deserted island or Mars, you know that this weekend Disney/Lucasfilm unleashes Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens into multiplexes everywhere. Box Office records will be not only broken, but most likely obliterated with advance screenings on Thursday night and a weekend that is pretty much sold out all over the known movie-going universe. But here’s the thing, it’s not the only movie opening this weekend!
Star Wars counter-programming includes 20th Century Fox’s 4th film in the ongoing Alvin and the Chipmunks Saga, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. If you’re looking for something a little more adult, Universal has the comedy Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Hopefully they fare better than Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea last weekend, a $100+ budgeted movie that took in only $11 million at the weekend box office. At least if these films bomb, they can blame Star Wars.
There are a few openings at the Specialty Box Office this weekend with Extraction starring Bruce Willis from Lionsgate, Son of Saul from Sony Classics, and Mojin-The Lost Legend from Well Go USA.
Here’s the full list of this weekend’s new movies.*
In Wide Release:
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS (Lucasfilm / Disney)
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP (Fox)
In Limited Release:
SON OF SAUL (Sony Classics)
MOJIN-THE LOST LEGEND (Well Go USA)
THE LADY IN THE CAR WITH GLASSES AND A GUN (Magnolia)
*Titles and release information are subject to change.