Three new releases hit theaters this weekend: the thriller “The Boy Next Door, ” comedy “Mortdecai” and the family film “Strange Magic.” But none of them have any chance of taking first place away from “American Sniper.”
Universal’s “The Boy Next Door” opens at 2,602 locations this weekend. The erotic thriller stars Jennifer Lopez as a woman whose affair with a young neighbor (who turns out to be her student or something) takes a dangerous turn after she ends the relationship.
For whatever reason, many people still like Jennifer Lopez, and this movie actually has a shot at a second place finish. I guess I should look on the bright side of things, at least Jennifer Lopez is not singing in this movie as far as I know.
But I suppose the main problem “The Boy Next Door” is facing, is that this type of story has been told countless times. I’m pretty sure Lifetime has this sort of thing on heavy rotation.
Opening at 2,648 locations, “Mortdecai” is probably Johnny Depp’s latest bomb at the box office. Here, Depp stars as the title character, an art dealer and part time rogue who must go on a mission to recover a stolen painting.
The movie does have an impressive cast, aside from Depp the film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, the always yummy Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, and Jeff Goldblum. You could say critics haven’t been kind to “Mortdecai,” as the movie only has 10 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Best case scenario, “Mortdecai” finishes in third place.
Animated movie “Strange Magic” is bound to be the bomb of the week. It could even score one of the worst openings ever for a movie playing at over 3,000 locations (it’s playing at 3,020 this weekend).
To be honesy, I have no clue what this movie is about, but I can tell you what it looks like to me: “Strange Magic” is everything George Lucas didn’t have time to include in the Star Wars prequels.