It’s always a shame, but rarely a surprise, when the best movie of a given weekend underwhelms at the box office. But DisneyNature’s “Penguins,” unless it has a boffo Saturday (when family films do the most business) and Sunday, will not earn the studio and the charities these films support more than $2 million.
Take your kids to see “Penguins!”
This weekend belongs to a scary movie you probably SHOULDN’T take the kids to, the latest title from the extended “Annabelle” universe. “La Llorona” is a one-off (allegedly) retelling of a Mexican folk legend, about “The Weeping Woman,” with one character (the priest played by Tony Amendola) here from “Annabelle” and referencing it, in his role of “explainer of the legend” to the harried mother (Linda Cardellini from “Green Book”) and why her children in 1970s LA are in mortal danger.
A $26 million dollar smash, it wasn’t helped by reviews (I thought it was a well-crafted formulaic thriller, well-acted as well).
The other wide release was the winning, upbeat faith-based drama “Breakthrough,” about a medical miracle those involved insist was caused by prayer. It’s headed towards an $11 million weekend, $15 million by weekend’s end as it opened last Wed.