The Wolf huffed and he puffed and he blew to the top of the international charts, out-leaping ‘Frozen (2013‘ (BV) and ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit‘ (Par.) by a great margin, altogether overselling China’s fixation with ‘Despicable Me 2‘ (Uni.). My favorite title this week from around the world is from Sweden, ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared‘ (Disney). Doesn’t that just sound like ‘Waking Ned‘ (1998) and ‘Up‘ (BV)?
This week, ‘Ride Along‘ (Uni.) claimed #1 despite the heavy release of some of the more anticipated films, like ‘The Nut Job‘ (ORF) at #3 and ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ (Par.) at #4, behind ‘Lone Survivor‘ (Uni.) in at #2. Defrosting down the charts a bit, Elsa releases Spring to #5, the star-studded cast of ‘American Hustle‘ take #6, just ahead of another star-studded cast and crew, ‘August: Osage County‘ (Wein.) at #7. The much a-buzzed about ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street‘ (Par.) howled in to #8, ‘Devil’s Due‘ (Fox) out at #9, and the sweet love story of Joaquin Phoenix and ‘Her (2013)‘ (WB) round out the top 10 of the week. A few more new releases popped into limited theaters though landing outside of the top 50.
This weekend, the major addition to the charts, though still disappointing despite the release, is ‘I, Frankenstein‘ (LGF) at #6, shifting ‘American Hustle‘ and all the films following down one placement, bumping the sexy voiced machine out of the top 10. Sundance films litter the charts, like ‘Gimme Shelter‘ (RAtt.) featuring Vanessa Hudgens at #22.
|3||The Nut Job||Open Road Films|
|5||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Paramount|
|6||I, Frankenstein||Lionsgate Films|
|8||August: Osage County||Weinstein Co.|
|9||The Wolf of Wall Street||Paramount|
In the next month, a spike in movie-watchers is expected as the trek to the Academy Awards on March 2nd draws closer. On the 29th, ‘Charlie Victor Romeo‘ will be released in New York, the funny film featuring three bachelors ‘That Awkward Moment‘ opens on the 30th, and ‘Labor Day‘ will be released on the 31st. In limited release also on the 31st, ‘The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014‘ will be available along with a slew of other titles including BAFTA nominee ‘Tim’s Vermeer‘, German comedy ‘Best Night Ever‘, and ‘Love is in the Air‘ directed by Alexandre Castagnetti.
Alongside these films, this past weekend, the DGA Awards were held on Saturday and Grammy Awards on Sunday. This week, on the 31st, the African-American Film Critics Awards will honor ‘12 Years A Slave‘ (FoxS) the top film of 2013 along with select actors. February 1st is the WGA Awards, Annie Awards and American Society of Cinematographers Award, followed a month heavy with union awards, all leading up to the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Razzie Awards on March 1st and the Oscars on March 2nd. Also, check back with us to see how our Staff Awards go!