Out This Weekend: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ overshadows two limited releases
Three new films hit the box-office this weekend
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” live-action adaptation scared away most of the competition at the box-office this weekend, but it’s not the only film set to release in theaters. If fantasy-dramas aren’t normally your first choice at the movies, you can choose between “The Belko Experiment” and “T2: Trainspotting”.
The first choice for millions of Americans this weekend will be “Beauty and the Beast,” set to open in over 4,200 theaters domestically. The Disney epic is a retelling of the original film, following the love-story of a young woman and a cursed Prince. Bill Condon directed the live-action adaptation of the film for Disney, working off a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci. You can watch a trailer for the “Beauty and the Beast” to get you in the mood for the big Disney release.
“The Belko Experiment” will open to roughly 1,300 theaters nationwide this weekend, so check your local listings to see if your favorite cinema is playing the action-thriller. The film centers around a social experiment, trapping 80 Americans inside their office in Bogotá, Colombia. In the film an intercom system suddenly tells everyone in the office that they must kill one another to escape, and panic and mayhem begins. Greg McLean directed the film, which was written by James Gunn of “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame. The film stars John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley and Adria Arjona. You can watch “The Beldo Experiment” trailer on YouTube.
You will have an even harder time finding “T2: Trainspotting” in theaters, domestically the film is only opening in 5 locations this weekend. The drama is the long-awaited follow-up to the 1996 hit “Trainspotting” and features a returning cast of players. The story picks up 20 years after the original film, as former junkie Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old crew. The film was directed by Danny Boyle, the same director that created the original installment. Returning to the franchise are Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. You can watch the “T2: Trainspotting” trailer to refamiliarize yourself with the old gang.
Next weekend will offer a lot more options at the box-office, but these films will have to hope that “Beauty and the Beast” doesn’t dominate both weekends. Next weekend moviegoers can choose between the comedy “CHiPs,” the sci-fi thriller “Life” or the new “Power Rangers” reboot. At the limited box-office you will find “Slamma Jamma,” “Phillauri” and “Wilson”.