It Follows: This indie from director David Robert Mitchell is getting some of the best reviews in years for a horror film. Weinstein/Radius originally intended for It Follows to have a brief, under-200 screen release from March 13-27th before it hit VOD platforms. Due to the film’s exceptional performance thus far, they’ve instead decided to delay the home release and open the picture on 1000 additional screens this weekend.
It should open in 5th place, which is pretty solid given the lack of stars and traditional marketing efforts.
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%, Metacritic: 83%
Personal interest factor: 10
Get Hard: Generic-looking Will Ferrell / Kevin Hart vehicle about a white collar criminal who hires the man who washes his car to prepare him for a stint in prison. Looks like something that Ferrell would have starred in circa 2005 when he was making stuff like Bewitched and Kicking and Screaming.
Rotten Tomatoes: 32%, Metacritic: 34%
Personal interest factor: 2
Home: I think everyone expected this half-assed seeming effort from Dreamworks Animation to serve as yet another nail in the coffin for the ailing studio. Instead…it’s a big hit! What the hell?!
The picture, which stars a who’s who of insufferable celebrities voicing aliens or something, should enjoy a 55-60m opening weekend. That would be Dreamworks’ highest opener since 2012’s Madagascar 3. Go figure.
Rotten Tomatoes: 48% Metacritic: 55%
Personal interest factor: No.