Box Office Guru Preview: Pacino and De Niro Team Up For Action

Also: Burn After Reading, The Women, The Family That Preys do battle this weekend.

by | September 11, 2008 | Comments

Screen legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino reunite almost 13 years after Heat and share significant screen time together this time around in Righteous Kill which leads a pack of four new releases on Friday that hope to revive a box office currently on life support. The Overture Films release is using those two iconic names as the center of its marketing plan which makes sense since plenty of movie buffs will want to see how the two Oscar winners will fare playing partners in the NYPD. John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson co-star in the R-rated cop drama about a serial killer taking out one criminal after another. Kill is a more enjoyable thriller than one would think given the early September dumping ground release date. Reviews won’t be stellar, but they should be good enough to not repel audiences. Adult men will make up the primary crowd so the early weeks of the football season will provide some competition. But starpower will lead the way and curious action film fans will take a chance. 50 Cent has not been utilized as much as he could have in the marketing as the multi-platinum rapper can give the film a solid pull with younger adults. Shooting its way into 2,800 theaters, Righteous Kill might take in about $15M this weekend.


De Niro and Pacino in Righteous Kill

Tyler Perry‘s latest comedy-drama The Family That Preys also hits the multiplexes on Friday. The filmmaker’s third release in less than a year stars Alfre Woodard, Kathy Bates, and Sanaa Lathan in a tale of two families being torn apart by scandal. Perry once again will see the best business come from his core audience of African American adult women and there is little competition in the marketplace right now for this audience. Recent openings for the mogul have been $20.1M for March’s Meet the Browns and $21.4M for last October’s Why Did I Get Married? The PG-13 Family seems to have less buzz surrounding it so the debut figures may be more in line with the filmmaker’s Daddy’s Little Girls which launched with $11.2M over three days in February 2007. It bowed on a Wednesday ahead of the Presidents’ Day holiday frame. The Family That Preys will debut in 2,070 locations and could collect around $13M this weekend.


Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard in The Family that Preys

Joel and Ethan Coen debut their latest film, the crime caper comedy Burn After Reading which packs plenty of starpower. The R-rated film reunites Ocean’s boys George Clooney and Brad Pitt and also stars John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand. Burn‘s opening will be a true test of the coattails the directors got from winning big at the Oscars earlier this year with No Country For Old Men. Ten years ago, their Academy buzz from Fargo meant little to their followup The Big Lebowski which bowed to just $5.5M. But the brothers’ films are very review-driven and critics this time are supportive, but are not giving their usual heap of praise. Plus competition for adults over 30 will be stiff with Righteous Kill taking away men and The Women stealing away the ladies. Focus is betting that couples will only have Burn to agree on and will score its business that way. The Coens usually don’t get wide release treatment with their projects but their back-to-back star-driven pics Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers bowed to $12.5M and $12.6M, respectively, in 2003 and 2004. Both faced less competition for mature adults though. Opening in about 2,650 locations, Burn After Reading could debut to around $11M this weekend.


Burn After Reading

Charging into theaters with the most celebrities, and the worst reviews, is The Women. Meg Ryan gets her first chance in years to headline a major wide release and is joined by Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen and others. The PG-13 film about a jilted wife who bonds with society gals is targeting football widows and should play almost exclusively female. The Picturehouse release struggled to get made and then released, but in recent months a larger marketing and distribution investment was made in order to roll the dice and score the next big hit driven by women. Both Sex and the City and Mamma Mia! have grossed north of $400M worldwide this summer shattering expectations for what a film that repels men can earn. But those were both much stronger brands that were more relevant to today’s times. Plus with adults being the primary age group, the awful reviews will take a bite out of sales. George and Brad will take away some biz too. Still, the film is a very marketable choice to those looking to get away from Al and Bobby as well as the sports on television all weekend long. Landing in 2,962 theaters, The Women might gross about $11M this weekend.


The Women

The new crop of fall films should sweep aside the current batch of holdovers with none likely to top $5M this weekend. Last weekend’s default champ Tropic Thunder should also face competition for its adult audience so a 40% decline would put the Paramount war comedy at $4.5M boosting the cume to $103M.

The Dark Knight will be one of very few popular items not rated R this weekend so continued strength may be in order. A 35% drop would leave the smash hit with $3.5M over three days and a stellar $517M to date. The runaway superhero blockbuster has grossed over $950M worldwide and its studio Warner Bros. has now announced that it will be re-released in Imax theaters in January during Oscar season. The large-screen format already accounts for 11% of the towering domestic haul with a record $55M in sales.

LAST YEAR: Jodie Foster scored another number one opener with her vigilante thriller The Brave One which bowed on top with $13.5M. Warner Bros. would go on to reach $36.8M. The Lionsgate Western 3:10 to Yuma slipped to second with $8.9M in its second weekend. The Billy Bob Thornton comedy Mr. Woodcock debuted close behind in third with $8.8M on its way to $25.8M for New Line. Sony’s Superbad followed in fourth with $5.1M in its fifth lap. Rounding out the top five was the fantasy adventure Dragon Wars with a weak $5M before closing with a $11M final.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

Tag Cloud

Fantasy composers Universal Amazon Studios women Television Critics Association blockbusters Podcast crime reviews sag awards Photos a nightmare on elm street miniseries CBS book adaptation sports Neflix werewolf marvel comics Showtime doctor who A&E Grammys new york Starz NYCC BBC America Paramount comiccon AMC Plus Quiz james bond rotten WarnerMedia American Society of Cinematographers parents anthology cancelled television teaser Exclusive Video Superheroe halloween finale Trophy Talk comic Freeform blockbuster hist jurassic park Music ghosts cops romance new star wars movies indie jamie lee curtis Sony Pictures legend Fox Searchlight spider-verse dogs Adult Swim biopic Comedy Central Alien Valentine's Day emmy awards cancelled TV series feel good king kong Spike Mary Tyler Moore mutant Watching Series Crackle space The Witch LGBT animated HBO Go Spectrum Originals golden globes Pop TV die hard 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards directors Comedy USA GIFs Food Network YA Discovery Channel 007 scorecard hispanic heritage month Tubi Ovation FXX 1990s Women's History Month 71st Emmy Awards slashers superhero posters CBS All Access Instagram Live 2018 cults Universal Pictures archives saw know your critic comic book movies technology Turner Country science fiction Nominations worst Emmys Countdown twilight HBO Max art house Certified Fresh critic resources TCA Awards Film green book true crime Fall TV Shondaland Epix Cosplay VOD 4/20 IFC Films Comics on TV BET godzilla trailers SXSW Song of Ice and Fire biography First Reviews APB Black History Month USA Network Amazon Prime streaming movies National Geographic rt labs Esquire christmas movies fresh Broadway video on demand Lifetime Christmas movies Pixar documentary game show richard e. Grant dramedy Teen Image Comics MSNBC Disney streaming service mission: impossible social media black comedy nbcuniversal Superheroes AMC Drama TruTV CW Seed Crunchyroll Emmy Nominations TV renewals 73rd Emmy Awards Box Office facebook wonder woman telelvision sequels classics Apple concert king arthur TLC Sundance Opinion all-time cancelled TV shows Pirates Mudbound Holiday Acorn TV CNN Kids & Family fast and furious ratings Rocky Marvel tv talk LGBTQ 24 frames popular Holidays comic books spanish language 93rd Oscars PBS 72 Emmy Awards elevated horror singing competition TNT Video Games Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Disney Plus criterion San Diego Comic-Con Brie Larson DirecTV A24 witnail 2021 cinemax suspense festivals boxing stop motion binge Trivia independent BET Awards History Toys Star Wars GLAAD dc sopranos zombies Binge Guide WGN 2017 Netflix Amazon Prime Video HBO comedies sequel Wes Anderson toy story Apple TV+ 21st Century Fox SundanceTV batman Tomatazos Tumblr blaxploitation Animation halloween tv unscripted vampires dragons The Walt Disney Company Black Mirror The Purge E3 south america scene in color Fox News prank Mindy Kaling Spring TV zombie joker boxoffice YouTube Red Warner Bros. rotten movies we love Disney black PaleyFest Extras robots nature Awards Tour obituary disaster heist movie italian Endgame MCU football dark dceu Horror news genre aliens Marvel Television Winners 99% theme song lord of the rings IMDb TV target Pacific Islander Lionsgate Ghostbusters universal monsters FX on Hulu adventure serial killer romantic comedy TCM slasher rt archives 2016 Columbia Pictures TCA 2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt NBC Creative Arts Emmys basketball live action comics documentaries rom-coms toronto free movies cartoon politics series TV One historical drama child's play screenings international zero dark thirty Apple TV Plus name the review Rock japan VH1 Bravo Shudder scary movies aapi TV Disney+ Disney Plus period drama Awards TIFF Anna Paquin book films critics sitcom psychological thriller movie The Academy video TBS DC Comics streaming Family Comic Book medical drama Pop SDCC PlayStation Schedule renewed TV shows harry potter chucky Interview worst movies Reality psycho political drama Super Bowl Character Guide pirates of the caribbean Star Trek screen actors guild high school Rom-Com The Arrangement asian-american reboot police drama gangster New York Comic Con Funimation dreamworks 45 laika YouTube Premium The Walking Dead dexter kong Baby Yoda Stephen King stand-up comedy ESPN Year in Review young adult talk show anime Calendar Premiere Dates El Rey mob Legendary adenture Turner Classic Movies Peacock kids Hallmark diversity Tarantino Pride Month mcc monster movies indiana jones First Look E! cancelled strong female leads live event Captain marvel versus TV Land Vudu kaiju Mary poppins 2020 war what to watch natural history ABC Family CMT Writers Guild of America ABC Signature TCA Winter 2020 transformers cats YouTube TCA President Film Festival travel Election revenge marvel cinematic universe Hulu best mockumentary Summer Lucasfilm Infographic razzies justice league RT History japanese venice Netflix Christmas movies Elton John children's TV 20th Century Fox canceled TV shows spy thriller remakes Western Paramount Plus NBA Paramount Network movies Mary Poppins Returns debate DGA Musicals Avengers Logo spinoff crime thriller canceled Television Academy crime drama hispanic new zealand Trailer scary ITV Pet Sematary OWN Sundance TV Thanksgiving Ellie Kemper DC streaming service casting The CW Comic-Con@Home 2021 spanish quibi Arrowverse Martial Arts ViacomCBS nfl Dark Horse Comics royal family hollywood golden globe awards Lifetime Oscars Travel Channel Musical spider-man game of thrones Sci-Fi Hallmark Christmas movies festival vs. stoner FX Syfy discovery Reality Competition satire TV movies action-comedy Marvel Studios Britbox Mystery crossover cooking Masterpiece adaptation Amazon thriller Polls and Games spain hidden camera Sneak Peek docuseries superman Christmas Academy Awards BBC One FOX rt labs critics edition ID Sundance Now Hear Us Out 2015 latino Nat Geo Cannes breaking bad olympics supernatural based on movie X-Men OneApp docudrama foreign Biopics GoT Nickelodeon Classic Film IFC australia 90s MTV Marathons VICE ABC Set visit Winter TV 2019 comic book movie Action franchise RT21 See It Skip It Heroines Red Carpet french Cartoon Network BBC Disney Channel television award winner Chernobyl deadpool Tokyo Olympics Best and Worst DC Universe Walt Disney Pictures BAFTA cars Rocketman