Weekend Box Office

Box Office Guru Preview: Jodie's Got A Gun!

Mr. Woodcock also opens this weekend.

by | September 13, 2007 | Comments

Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster returns to the big screen this weekend in the vigilante thriller The Brave One which has its sights set on an easy top spot debut. The frame’s only other wide openers, the comedy Mr. Woodcock and the fantasy adventure Dragon Wars, bring with them less buzz and look to make less of a dent into the North American box office.

Gunning for her third number one hit in as many years, Foster takes a darker role starring as a woman who takes the law into her own hands after her fiancé is brutally beaten and killed in the Warner Bros. drama The Brave One. The R-rated film from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) co-stars Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, and Mary Steenburgen and should play to an adult audience. Cross-gender appeal is strong here so this will not play out like a chick flick or a woman-in-peril film. Foster is one of very few women in Hollywood bankable enough to open pictures consistently year after year and she tends to pick projects with commercial viability in the first place. Gone are the Nell days.

The Brave One should play to the same crowd that came out for two other September thrillers led by fortysomething white women – Foster’s own Flightplan from 2005 and Julianne Moore‘s The Forgotten from a year earlier. Flightplan took off with $24.6M and a $7,193 average while Forgotten bowed to $21M and a $6,773 average. Brave carries a harsher R rating but that should not affect the grosses too much since most of the interest will come from those over 16 anyway. A more narrow release in 2,755 theaters will have an impact though. Marketing has been top notch and Foster has been making so many promotional appearances that you’d think her name were Hillary. Despite a bad title, The Brave One should still score a strong opening weekend in the number one spot and could gross about $22M over three days.

Jodie Foster is The Brave One.

Seann William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton compete over who has the best three names in the biz in the new comedy Mr. Woodcock. The PG-13 film finds a young man whose life is traumatized when his mother decides to marry his old nemesis, the junior high gym teacher. The New Line release does offer up some starpower from the two leads plus Susan Sarandon as the remarrying mom. Hopes are for a wide age range to take interest. But the buzz around the picture is not too strong and it is not exactly at the top of the must-see list at this moment for teens and young adults. The Thornton-Sarandon crowd will be hard to reach with Jodie and Russell out there with high profile flicks for mature adults. Crashing into over 2,200 locations, Mr. Woodcock could debut with about $6M.

Billy Bob Thornton is Mr. Woodcock.

The forces of good and evil go at it once again in the new fantasy adventure Dragon Wars from Freestyle Releasing. The PG-13 pic hopes to tear young males away from their PlayStations, but with zero starpower and a light marketing push the grosses and averages will not fly too high. After a big wave of good summer action movies targeted this demo, a series of bad ones went after young guys too in recent weeks. That leaves little space at the multiplexes. Debuting in a curiously wide 2,000 theaters, Dragon Wars could collect about $4M this weekend.

The Korean sci-fi/thriller Dragon Wars a.k.a. D-War

Audiences have been upbeat on the Russell CroweChristian Bale Western 3:10 to Yuma and its older skew should mean that the sophomore drop will not be too fierce. Plus competition for adult men is not very formidable. A 40% decline to $8.5M could result giving Lionsgate about $28M after ten days.

Halloween‘s freefall means it will be out of theaters by the time trick-or-treating begins. A 55% drop would lead to a $4M frame and a 17-day tally of $50M. Superbad should continue its strong run with a 40% dip to $3M which would boost Sony’s total to $109M.

LAST YEAR: The Rock‘s football drama Gridiron Gang from Sony led a batch of new films with a debut of $14.4M which was good enough to clinch first place. Opening in second and playing to a more mature adult audience was The Black Dahlia with $10M for Universal. Final grosses reached $38.4M and $22.5M. Bowing poorly in third was the baseball toon Everyone’s Hero with $6.1M for Fox on its way to just $14.5M. Sony’s teen thriller The Covenant dropped from first to fourth with $4.8M while Paramount’s The Last Kiss opened quietly in fifth with $4.6M leading to a $11.6M final.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

Tag Cloud

2015 werewolf screen actors guild National Geographic free movies Best and Worst films comics Black Mirror Esquire Freeform Comic Book History Teen doctor who 21st Century Fox kids BBC America renewed TV shows Awards TCM cats Lifetime Christmas movies breaking bad Lionsgate Star Wars Mary Poppins Returns NBC Ghostbusters witnail San Diego Comic-Con Netflix Christmas movies reboot USA Network sag awards Spike PBS cancelled TV shows Cartoon Network a nightmare on elm street Spring TV boxoffice politics DC Universe Heroines SXSW Classic Film Super Bowl movie casting First Look Star Trek Dark Horse Comics BET canceled Travel Channel E3 NYCC Mary poppins golden globes spanish language vampires Ellie Kemper Infographic what to watch jamie lee curtis spider-man latino Music 71st Emmy Awards Trivia Brie Larson strong female leads Sundance halloween revenge TV Disney Plus RT History satire Emmys Thanksgiving Lifetime critics reviews indie dc Calendar Discovery Channel richard e. Grant YouTube Red HBO Go adaptation Elton John movies 2018 Black History Month Women's History Month 2019 Syfy Sundance Now Trailer Winners parents Crunchyroll Pet Sematary FXX universal monsters Summer YouTube comiccon travel joker 2020 Tarantino Apple TV Plus A&E Mary Tyler Moore Hulu IFC DGA PlayStation Nominations transformers tv talk social media binge Warner Bros. 007 Election Marvel Sony Pictures Pixar Mudbound Academy Awards IFC Films 4/20 ITV LGBT TV Land Food Network ABC Chernobyl cars TCA 2017 Awards Tour spy thriller spinoff Countdown Premiere Dates war Winter TV supernatural Mindy Kaling miniseries Columbia Pictures blaxploitation Disney Channel 45 Sneak Peek X-Men Western sitcom Turner Classic Movies TNT Spectrum Originals Film comedies slashers Character Guide Showtime romantic comedy FX on Hulu Turner BBC The CW zombies President GoT south america batman Polls and Games Pop Disney+ Disney Plus Kids & Family canceled TV shows Writers Guild of America CBS cancelled MCU YA Oscars CW Seed singing competition First Reviews Avengers concert Marvel Studios psycho American Society of Cinematographers crime police drama mission: impossible Rock Pirates 2016 DC streaming service cartoon Extras TCA Paramount Comedy Walt Disney Pictures Hear Us Out The Purge Netflix child's play Action Apple TV+ Fantasy Reality Competition Paramount Network crime drama Shudder Schedule Biopics BET Awards Lucasfilm Year in Review WarnerMedia LGBTQ television BAFTA series Podcast sports discovery serial killer stoner Toys christmas movies PaleyFest Stephen King teaser zero dark thirty 24 frames dramedy Musical cults TIFF documentary twilight biography Photos Hallmark ratings crossover Sundance TV Valentine's Day Disney mutant TruTV directors thriller USA Crackle CNN Apple Box Office DirecTV Marathons Masterpiece Song of Ice and Fire Endgame Nat Geo finale Tumblr DC Comics franchise Superheroe Animation romance sequel diversity facebook toy story talk show Bravo VH1 APB elevated horror Amazon Prime Video video on demand Interview historical drama TBS period drama dceu all-time Holiday natural history Opinion anthology justice league Marvel Television Cosplay Acorn TV VICE BBC One Comedy Central criterion FX best cancelled television cinemax Vudu Quiz Epix 2017 Red Carpet rotten movies we love animated disaster TLC Anna Paquin Certified Fresh Martial Arts Tubi Country Watching Series Peacock Starz Creative Arts Emmys GIFs Family indiana jones medical drama award winner anime game of thrones TCA Winter 2020 nature cops hispanic AMC Superheroes Fox News foreign OneApp stand-up comedy Reality Rocky YouTube Premium ESPN Amazon Studios documentaries Holidays WGN Video Games Shondaland versus Musicals SDCC adventure harry potter Drama unscripted RT21 zombie TV renewals screenings true crime Baby Yoda theme song Ovation festivals cooking The Walking Dead Christmas ghosts Hallmark Christmas movies quibi scary movies Rom-Com Cannes independent Tomatazos blockbuster mockumentary psychological thriller The Witch Amazon cancelled TV series Universal CMT name the review hist Funimation composers A24 HBO Adult Swim based on movie Arrowverse comic SundanceTV Captain marvel Horror robots book HBO Max CBS All Access asian-american dark 20th Century Fox streaming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Emmy Nominations Disney streaming service Britbox OWN Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mystery dogs See It Skip It video Pride Month Set visit technology space news ABC Family science fiction FOX political drama Fall TV chucky children's TV GLAAD Binge Guide Sci-Fi spain Grammys docudrama dragons Logo Television Academy green book aliens New York Comic Con Film Festival Amazon Prime Rocketman The Arrangement MTV crime thriller die hard E! Trophy Talk Nickelodeon MSNBC El Rey VOD Pop TV Comics on TV game show