Not Clowing Around
It was another bumper weekend at the British box office, with ‘IT’ being the operative word.
Andy Muschietti’s terrifying Stephen King adaptation continued to gobble up the competition, retaining its number one spot with ease. The film has now taken an incredible 1,310,619 around the world, in the process breaking records left, right and centre.
Made for a paltry million (next to nothing as far as Hollywood goes), it’s no wonder distributor Warner Bros. has already given the green light to Part Two. The sequel will be set in the present day, with the Losers’ Club kids now adults. It’s due in 2019 but if you can’t wait that long then author Stephen King had this amusing advice on Twitter…
Royal Seal of Approval
Also opening to rave reviews on Friday was Victoria and Abdul.
Directed by Stephen Frears ('The Queen', 'Philomena') and starring Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim, it tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between Britain’s second longest-serving monarch (she’s bested only by her great-great-grandaughter Elizabeth II) and a young Indian clerk.
It’s a real heart-grabber, so if you didn’t catch this one over the weekend, then make sure you don’t miss it this week!
Darren Aronofsky’s controversial mother! also hit screens this weekend and – unsurprisingly – it divided opinion. The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes sums the film’s ‘Marmite tendencies’ up nicely: “There’s no denying that mother! is the thought-provoking product of a singularly ambitious artistic vision, though it may be too unwieldy for mainstream tastes.”
Basically, you’re either going to absolutely love this Jennifer Lawrence-starrer, or you’re going to hate it with a fiery passion. But the right mood can be resumed by critic Mark Kermode who gave the film 4 stars on The Guardian and said
Opening on Thursday 14 September, American Assassin also fared well.
Based on the late Vince Flynn’s bestselling books, it sees 23-year-old American Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) being offered the chance to become a counterterrorism agent for the CIA, following the tragic death of his girlfriend in a terrorist attack. It’s fast, furious and timely – don’t miss it!
Say it with Emojis
Rounding out this weekend’s top five is The Emoji Movie, which continues to perform strongly despite being well into its second month of release.
The story of an emoji who’s capable of – gasp! – multiple expressions, this is the perfect movie for kids suffering back-to-school blues!