Don’t let the the plotline fool you, as Wonder is not an overly sappy family drama that aims for the lowest common denominator. For one, the picture, which is based on R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel, is directed by The Perks of Being a Wallflower filmmaker Stephen Chbosky. As with Perks, Chbosky approaches the material with insight, preferring to let this refreshingly intricate story (and not cloying emotion) lead the way.
The storyline centers on Auggie (Room’s Jacob Tremblay), a boy with a facial deformity who enters fifth grade. Home schooled and sheltered by his parents (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson) and older sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), Auggie has a hard time fitting in thanks to a bullying classmate (Bryce Gheisar) and his friends. Slowly but surely, Auggie makes a couple of friends and gradually finds that school actually has its merits.
The tale may be predictable, but Chbosky frames his narrative by giving various characters their own moment in the film to shine. For example, Via has her very own subplot which deals with her own feelings of neglect (Vidovic, who does a stirring monologue in the picture, is a revelation). Noah Jupe, who plays Auggie’s best friend Jack, is also given his own section of the story which also bolsters the narrative. Roberts and Wilson, though they are the film’s A-list stars, are just a small part of the overall picture, as Tremblay’s excellent performance is ultimately the star of the picture.
Special features on the Blu-ray include a five-part documentary, three featurettes (a look at the making of the soundtrack, “What a Wonderful World”, “A Child’s Sense of Wonder”), audio commentary from Chbosky and Palacio, and a music video (“Brand New Eyes”). The DVD version comes with the commentary, music video, and the soundtrack featurette.
Click on the media bar below to hear Julia Roberts talk about one of the themes behind Wonder:
The force was strong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as the flick took in $220 million, an opening figure that was only surpassed by December 2015’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Coming in light years behind was the animated flick Ferdinand with $13.3 million. Here’s the top 10:
Don’t expect Coco to be the #1 film next week with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but for now the animated flick is ruling the roost with an $18.3 million weekend. Justice League was #2 with $9.6 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Coco – To date, the film has made over $135 million domestically. It collects $18.3 million this weekend.
2. Justice League – $9.6 million
3. Wonder – Julia Roberts drama takes in $8.5 million and crosses the $100 million domestic mark.
4. The Disaster Artist – Acclaimed comedy-drama from director/star James Franco makes $6.4 million.
5. Thor: Ragnarok – $6.2 million
6. Daddy’s Home 2 – $6 million
7. Murder on the Orient Express – This Hercule Poirot mystery has done well domestically with over $91 million amassed. It makes $5.1 million this weekend.
8. The Star – $3.7 million
9. Lady Bird – $3.5 million
10. Just Getting Started – Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones comedy bombs with a miserable $3.2 million debut.
The critically acclaimed animated flick Coco beat Justice League for the top spot at the box office as it made $26.1 million. Justice League ($16.6 million) and Wonder ($12.5 million) rounded out the top films. The top ten:
1. Coco – $26.1 million
2. Justice League – $16.6 million
3. Wonder – Family drama headlined by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson continues to do well with $12.5 million. To date, the feature has collected over $88 million domestically.
4. Thor: Ragnarok – Flick makes $9.7 million this weekend and it’s grossed over $816 million worldwide.
5. Daddy’s Home 2 – $7.5 million
6. Murder on the Orient Express – Hercule Poirot feature takes in $6.7 million and with just a $55 million budget, it’s collected over $210 million worldwide.
7. Lady Bird – One of this year’s most beloved films makes $4.5 million
8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – $4.5 million
9. The Star – $4 million
10. A Bad Moms Christmas – The Bad Moms sequel is closing in on $97 million worldwide. This weekend it earns $3.4 million domestically.
Coco was the #1 movie during the Thanksgiving Day weekend (November 24-26) with a $49 million take. Justice League, which has suffered from bad reviews and poor word of mouth, was close behind with $40.7 million. Wonder had a second solid weekend with $22.3 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Coco – Sure to be nominated for an Oscar, this highly praised animated flick makes $49 million.
2. Justice League – $40.7 million
3. Wonder – Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson headlined flick collects $22.3 million
4. Thor: Ragnarok – $16.7 million
5. Daddy’s Home 2 – $13.2 million
6. Murder on the Orient Express – Considering it cost $55 million, the picture has done well with a $175 million gross. This weekend it takes in $13 million.
7. The Star – $6.8 million
8. A Bad Moms Christmas – $5 million
9. Roman J. Israel, Esq. – Denzel Washington flick bombs with just $4.5 million
10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Fox Searchlight drama which will be remembered come awards season makes $4.4 million.