New to Theatres This Weekend: The Lion King, Into the Ashes, David Crosby: Remember My Name

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Disney already has the four biggest movies of the year under their belt with Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and Aladdin, but now this weekend they will release what is sure to be the fifth: Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. The CG motion capture remake has mostly earned mediocre reviews but that doesn’t seem to have dampened audience excitement for this retelling of another classic tale. There are also no other major releases this weekend with all the studios keeping their own movies as far away from it as possible. In limited release, we do have the VOD thriller Into the Ashes starring Frank Grillo and a pair of musical documentaries: David Crosby: Remember My Name and Between Me and My Mind, the latter of which follows Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. What will you be watching this weekend?

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  • Loofton

    The Lion King was a major disappointment. The necessity to have it look photo realistic led to characters with zero expression & it was so jarring. It was like the actors dubbed over a nature show. Farce of the Penguins 2.

  • Lior

    Nobody seems to like this movie and it’s still gonna make 200 million dollars or something over the weekend, because everybody has to go see it for themselves so they can say that it sucked. Welcome to new Hollywood. (I’ll be happy to have been proved mistaken).

  • Nobody

    It seems like general audiences like it. It’ll probably end up being one of those movies that doesn’t do much for critics and cinephiles but a ton of people will still show up and enjoy it overall, and then a lot of them may promptly forget about it because the next Disney behemoth will be ready for release.

  • Lior

    I agree with your assessment. We are at the situation we’re in because a) people’s standards are very low, one of the negative influences of streaming culture is that for many, movies have become something to consume and discard, even as an outing, and the movie only needs to be “good enough” to pass the time and b) what brings people in for the first weekend is marketing and strength of brand, not necessarily quality of film. Modern Hollywood movies make about 60% (a conservative estimate) of their total revenue in the opening weekend.

  • Nobody

    I actually remember when a 50% second-weekend drop at the box office was considered bad but that doesn’t seem to be the case now.