Audiences are ignoring critics and flocking to “Ride Along 2.” Sad, but true. At least for Friday.
Once word of mouth trickles down to the critic proof — got to figure that dog will lose its way. But as things stand now, “#2” will pull in a whopping $40 million on its opening weekend.
Another big opener? “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” It’s riding a wave of Fox News and Trump endorsements (actually, misguided, as there’s no Hillary Clinton bashing in it) to about $21 million this weekend. Not bad for a combat pic with no big name star. Yeah, I’m talking about you, Krasinski.
“Revenant” didn’t need an Oscar nominations bounce to roll up another $30 million+.
“Spotlight” and “Brooklyn” and “Carol” aren’t in enough theaters to blow up. “Brooklyn” is doing better business than the others, with other Oscar nominated pictures like “Room” and “The Martian” and especially “Mad Max” out on video.