Weekend Box Office #52
Last weekend I didn't see anything. This weekend I'm determined to change that.
THE HEARTBREAK KID (3229 theaters). On the plus side, it's the Farrelly Brothers going back to R-rated comedy. On the downside, the commercials look a bit one-note, and reviews haven't been great. I think it'll do a solid but somewhat-disappointing (given that the expectations are higher) $18.9 million for the weekend.
THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING (3141 theaters). I guess there are fans of this young-adult book, but the commercial has no real hook, and the reviews have been unenthusiastic. Still, this is a lot of theaters. $10.4 million.
FEEL THE NOISE (1015 theaters). The scariest words I've ever seen on a film ad: "From producer Jennifer Lopez". Didn't screen for critics. $4.1 million.
In limited release, IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH is still pushing on, expanding another 213 screens to 975, despite mediocre numbers so far. THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB is taking its shot, expanding from 41 theaters to 1187. Look for Jane Austen to struggle to make $3 million, Elah to struggle to make $2 million.
INTO THE WILD jumps from 33 screens to 135. JESSE JAMES goes from 5 to 61. THE DARJEELING LIMITED expands from 2 to 19.
MICHAEL CLAYTON is opening in 15 theaters, and is getting very good reviews.
My current shortlist (limited to films in my neighborhood that I might see this weekend): Into the Wild, In the Valley of Elah, 3:10 to Yuma.