With September's box office duelers on their way out, it's time we clear space for two new contenders to duke it out for the moviegoing public's vote. But try as he might, does George Clooney have what it takes to unseat Hugh Jackman's crowd-pleasing sci-fi actioner, the probable weekend victor? He does have Ryan Gosling on his ticket. Not too shabby. Onward, to the polls! It's your Weekend Forecast.
If it's Thursday, then it must be time to survey the latest new releases at the mutliplex and beyond. For what that's worth: This week's box-office turnout is likely to bear an uncanny resemblance to last week's -- particularly near the top, where Moneyball, Dolphin Tale and that stereoscopic flaxen-maned juggernaut that roared, The Lion King 3D are all expected to repeat last week's command performance in one permutation or another. Where will the rest fall? To the Forecast!
And that's the least of the overbearing sports puns I'll leave you with today. What are we even doing exchanging formalities at this point? It's a bottleneck at the box office, with new releases battling holdovers for early-autumn supremacy. Your Weekend Forecast is here.
In this installment of Weekend Forecast, three new and (mostly) intriguing offerings vie at the box office: the Ryan Gosling showcase Drive, Sarah Jessica Parker's I Don't Know How She Does It, and Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs. But will any of them be a match for the proven global box-office dazzle of Disney's The Lion King 3D?
Welcome to another edition of Weekend Forecast, your weekly guide to the latest film offerings and/or whatever you want to call that new thing Nick Swardson is in. It's your call! Meanwhile, we're looking at one of the most competitive weeks in a while -- three cheers for the fall movie season, for reals.
As you fire up the grill and wax philosophical about the meaning of Labor Day this long holiday weekend (i.e. it means no work on Monday!), take a moment to think about the underdogs struggling to do battle at the box office. Killer sharks, astronauts, even the mighty Helen Mirren -- none of this week's new releases may have the power to unseat the chick-lit segregation drama The Help, which could well sweep all comers under the rug with another #1 weekend showing. Bet you never envisioned the summer blockbuster season would end this way, did ya?
While the weather forecast for much of the East Coast looks like a storyboard from Day After Tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Irene, the box office forecast is decidedly more calm. As summer continues to crawl toward Labor Day, three genre films hit theaters, all with the diminished expectations that come with their late August release dates. What movie will you probably ignore this weekend? To the forecast!
Another August weekend, another genre explosion. As summer slowly ends with a whimper, four new releases are set to crowd multiplexes -- three of which will screen in 3-D (with one of those even in 4-D. (Aromascope, FTW!) Will Conan the Barbarian slay Spy Kids and One Day co-stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess with a broadsword slice, or will Colin Farrell and Fright Night jam a stake through the hearts of moviegoers nationwide? Or maybe The Help will clean up all four of them? Wordplay! Click through for the Weekend Forecast.
Say hello to August and its snazzy genre-specific programming! The four wide releases this weekend cater to quarantined-off needs, meaning there's something in theaters for your whole family -- from mom (The Help) to stoner brother (30 Minutes or Less) to thrill-seeking sister (Final Destination 5) to kid cousin (Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie). Which film will wind up atop the box office come Sunday night? To the forecast!
Apes! Will! Rise! Ups! Will! Change! Enh, whatever. That's about as exciting as this weekend's wide release line-up gets on paper, at least until the dollars trickle in and the spreadsheets start filling up around Hollywood. But who will be on top? To the Forecast!
Yowza: With three new wide releases and no fewer than five well-regarded indies making their ways to art houses this week, you can't say there's nothing for you at the movies. Let's give July the sendoff it deserves with a busy round of Weekend Forecast.
Comic heroes and A-list romcoms aside, you might call this weekend a lull between the sheer Pottermania of last weekend and the sheer multitude of new titles facing moviegoers next weekend. One left you no choice, the other leaves with almost too much. And in between, there are these:
Do you smell that? No, no -- not the faint, salty vapor of Muggle tears humidifying multiplex lobbies worldwide. I'm talking about those Harry Potter viewers' money, which has already changed hands at record rates with possible history to come. How much can the much-anticipated, much lamented blockbuster earn this weekend? To the Forecast!
There's something for pretty much everybody this weekend at the movies -- fresh new dishes and some heat-lamped empty calories at the multiplex, crypto-spiritual potboilers and swell nonfiction at the art house. And a variety of snacks in between. But only one can be America's favorite.* Your Weekend Forecast is here.
Fourth of July Weekend is upon us, which means Movieline's Dept. of Box-Office Forensics has broken out its holiday formulas for our customary run through the week's new releases. And with one already out and two in the offing -- plus a bottleneck of June releases showing off their staying power -- it's a tough one to predict. But let us persevere -- to the Forecast!