There’s a lot of stuff coming out today yet The Help has probably the biggest chance to emerge as the number one flick over the weekend at the box office. We got R-rated horror remake Fright Night, then there’s the long delayed Conan the Barbarian R-rated reboot/remake, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, the Robert Rodriguez family adventure and last but not least there’s One Day, a PG-13 chick flick starring Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).
Ok, let’s get down to business, while all the movies above will make some decent bucks, my money is on The Help winning the weekend with $21 million for a total of $72 million in 12 days. Call me crazy but that movie is going to make a lot of money.
Next up is Conan the Barbarian, a $90 million reboot/remake of the series that introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world (I am aware it was not his first flick). Starring Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa in the titular role, this new Conan is presented in 3D so that should help business a bit. Unfortunately it seems this is not a particularly good movie so with that being said, I can’t see more then $20 million for Conan the Barbarian, good for 2nd place.
The last time a Spy Kids flick came out was in 2003 with Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, opening with $33.4 million and finishing with $111.7 million. So clearly it has been a long time since Robert Rodriguez last made one of these and I don’t see all that much appeal left in Spy Kids: All the Time in the Worlds, so I’m going to say $18 million for 3rd place.
Fright Night, the movie I’m most looking forward to this weekend, stars Colin Farrell (as a non-sparkling vampire), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Fright Night sports a 77% Rotten Tomato rating so compared to everything else out this weekend, it seems like the only really good movie. And yes, this is a remake of the 1985 horror Fright Night. Expecting $17 million for 4th place.
5th place will go to Rise of the Planet of the Apes with a hefty $16 million for a new total of $133 million in just 17 days.
The last new release of the weekend, One Day, should come in 7th with $8 million or so, just under The Smurfs.
Next week we come to the last weekend of the summer with Colombiana, an action flick that sees Zoe Saldana in the role of an assassin, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, another horror flick and Our Idiot Brother, an R-rated indie comedy starring Paul Rudd.