Movie studios have tried to avoid from releasing any major titles in the time period between franchise titans James Bond and Hunger Games so it appears we will be seeing mainly low-profile movies getting wide releases.
Warner Bros. has The 33 which examines the disaster that struck the Chilean miners five years ago captivating the world’s attention. The PG-13 pic starring Antonio Banderas has earned mixed marks from film critics so no big rush is expected. The Chilean population is not too big in the U.S., but some turnout from the broader Latino crowd might help the numbers a bit. Making its way into 2,452 theaters, The 33 may open to about $8M.
Does starpower mean much anymore? The new holiday comedy Love the Coopers will test that bringing together lots of familiar names like Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, and Ed Helms. Rated PG-13, the CBS Films pic will skew female and hopes to get started with a respectable bow followed by legs throughout the holiday season given its Christmas theme. But holding onto screens past Thanksgiving will be no easy task. Lackluster reviews will deter part of the target audience. Just ask Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper how easy it is to sell a poorly-reviewed comedy for grown-ups these days. Hitting 2,603 locations, Love the Coopers might bow to about $7M this weekend.
Also opening is the uplifting football drama My All American which is targeting the heartland and sports fans. The PG-rated film does not have too much heat around it and little must-see buzz. Charging into about 1,500 locations, a debut of about $2M could result.
SPECTRE arrived last weekend with a top spot debut that was a little lower than expected. The latest James Bond film will face less competition in its sophomore frame compared to the last 007 sequels Skyfall and Quantum of Solace which both faced new Twilight openers. A 50% drop may occur giving Sony about $35M for the session and $131M overall.
The Peanuts Movie has enjoyed a strong week thanks in part to the Veterans Day holiday. With no new direct competition aimed at kids, a 35% slide could be in order. That would put Fox at about $29M for a new sum of $87M.