Weekend Box Office #45
August used to be a dumping ground for movies, but now each week something interesting seems to be coming out.
SUPERBAD (2948 theaters). This is getting very good reviews -- it's currently at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes -- and hopefully it'll help usher in a new era of R-rated comedies about teens, to save us from the cookie-cutter movies we too often get. You have to love a world in which Jonah Hill and Michael Cera can topline what is likely to be the number one movie of the weekend. Prediction: $25.6 million for the weekend.
THE INVASION (2776 theaters). I'm not sure why we need another remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or why Nicole Kidman is starring in this. The movie has a troubled past -- the Wachowski Brothers were reportedly brought in for extensive rewrites and reshoots -- and though the LA Times gave it a good review today, reviews have largely been negative. Figure it'll only do about $13.3 million for the weekend.
THE LAST LEGION (2002 theaters). Not screened for critics, and the commercials don't really establish what it's about, other than it has something to do with King Arthur. And Romans. It's hard to imagine anyone caring that much. $3.8 million.
Look for RUSH HOUR 3 to drop like a stone, but still do about $20 million for the weekend. Still, SUPERBAD should beat it; the prerelease buzz seems to be the kind of thing that studios dream of.
Predictions? Plans to see anything this weekend?