Where have all the audiences gone? Yet again, last weekend was a disappointment at the box office. End of Watch was the only film that performed admirably, almost doubling its budget of $7 million. House at the End of the Street suffered from poor word of mouth, and Dredd just didn’t connect with audiences. Trouble with the Curve should hang around for a little while, since there really isn’t anything like in theaters at the moment.
This weekend’s new release offer a glimmer of hope, as two of the films being released could potentially end up over $20 million each; the third new film though, doesn’t appear to have much hope.
The first of the weekend’s new releases is the time-travel gangster film Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. I think the trailers for the film have been great, and think the film’s premise is an interesting one. This looks like an action filled fun film.
The second new film of the weekend is the animated film Hotel Transylvania, led by the voice of Adam Sandler as Dracula. The cast of characters are voiced by an eclectic cast of stars including Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, and CeeLo Green, along with a host of other. With Halloween upcoming, expect this to be a decent sized hit.
The third and final film opening is Won’t Back Down starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The feel good movie, based on a true story (of course) is very reminiscent of films like Dangerous Minds and Lean on Me. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of underperforming films and I think this is going to follow suit.
Here’s how I foresee the weekend:
Box Office Predictions
|3||End of Watch||$7,100,000
|4||Trouble with the Curve||$7,100,000
|6||House at the End of the Street||$5,400,000
|7||Finding Nemo (3D)||$5,000,000
|8||Won't Back Down||$5,000,000|
|10||Resident Evil: Retribution (3D)||$3,000,000