After yet another disappointing weekend, the box office looks to get a swift kick in the pants this weekend with the release of four films that from all appearances, look and sound as though they’ll perform more than adequately with audiences 13 and older.
The first new film opening this weekend is the horror/thriller House at the End of the Street starring Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue. The film didn’t screen for critics, which is never a good sign. However, thanks to The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence is a large enough following that coupled with the PG-13 rating the film could do well at the box office.
The second new film is Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood making his first appearance in a film since 2008s Gran Torino, Amy Adams, and Justin Timblerlake. This anti-Moneyball movie about an aging baseball scout that can no longer see (Eastwood), who’s accompanied by his daughter on what could end up being his last recruiting trip is the first non-Eastwood directed film in which Eastwood stars since 1993s In the Line of Fire. This movie has Oscar bait written all over it, combining the cast and the fact that baseball movies do pretty well on their own, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this end the weekend at #1.
The third new film of the weekend stars Karl Urban as the title character in Dredd 3D. The R-rated action movie is the next in what’s been a disappointing line of remakes and/or reboots this past year, however the word of mouth on this has been extremely positive. As of this writing, the film stood at 77% fresh on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatoemeter . Although I think the film opens pretty decent, I think there’s a very good chance of the movie having legs to remain a draw for a several weeks after it opens.
Last but certainly not least is End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, and directed by David Ayer known for writing Training Day. The documentary style, dark and gritty thriller is receiving good buzz for the performances given by Gyllenhaal and Peña, as well as the film’s direction. The film’s realistic feel and violence may be too much for some people, and could hinder its overall performance over the weekend.
Box Office Predictions
|1||House at the End of the Street||$18,000,000|
|2||Trouble with the Curve||$16,000,000|
|4||End of Watch||$13,000,000|
|5||Resident Evil: Retribution (3D)||$8,400,000
|6||Finding Nemo (3D)||$8,300,000