The Reject ReportHarry Potter and Deathly Hallows and cowboys and Samurai and ballet dancers and princesses with bad perm jobs and Vincent Cassel. If you thought Thanksgiving brought the buffet of eclectic tastes, wait until you get a load of these leftovers. Even with only one film opening wide this weekend, there’s a lot to talk about with the familiar and a few highly anticipated limited releases, so let’s get this microwaved plate of deliciousness on the table, shall we?

BIG HITTERS

You got your Django in my Lone Wolf and Cub! That might be what some are speculating on when they hear about The Warrior’s Way. Of course, the $40 million film (just let that number sink in for a bit) might not live up to either of those classic milestones in film geekdom. The box office could very well reflect that, as well. With no stars to really grease its tracks (Sorry, Kate Bosworth fans. Superman Returns didn’t really make her an A-lister.) and a release width of only around 1500 screens, the film is relying heavily on the cornucopia of crazy to sell itself. That rarely works. See Jonah Hex for reference. However, being the lone wolf per se at the new cub’s box office table this weekend, it’s still going to come in somewhere around the #5 spot. Don’t look for it to hit $10 million. Don’t even look for it to get much past $6 or 7 million. The Warrior’s Way will probably not prove to be THE way to financial Nirvana.

To get a little taste of that cornucopia of crazy, check out the trailer for The Warrior’s Way right here:

FAMILIARITIES

Last weekend, Disney shocked the boy who lived by nearly knocking him off his perch. $320,049. That’s all the gap there was between the second place Tangled and the first place Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. This weekend could very well be the moment for Disney to shine, though, as the drop off percentages will really come into play. Deathly Hallows had a 60% drop from its first weekend, a rather large number considering how much positive buzz the film is getting. Nonetheless, its third weekend drop will likely be somewhere in that same vicinity, and Tangled‘s second weekend will probably fall in the standard 35-40% range. Harry Potter had his two weekends in the sun, but Tangled is going to come out on top of the charts here.

Remember me talking a bit about Nutcracker 3D last week? No? That’s okay. I hardly remember, either, and I wrote the damn thing. Evidently it’s getting some kind of limited expansion this weekend. Judging by the whopping $65,000 it made on 42 screens, I can’t imagine how wide its going here. It’s worth noting, though, since I might be bringing it up again next week, and we need these little refresher courses now and again to keep track of all the bombs that get laid.

LITTLE OPENERS

For all you conflicted adult males out there, yes Black Swan is a film about ballet. Yes, there is graceful dancing and a few men in the cast who wear extremely tight tights. The Darren Aronofsky film also features a make-out scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. There you go. I knew that would win some of you back. But more than that, Black Swan is an incredible film, probably Aronofsky’s masterpiece, and a near flawless horror movie that has a whole lot more under its hood than a run-of-the-mill thriller. If none of that entices you, then maybe you should just skip over to the theater showing Tangled. The princesses in that film are a little more wholesome and a whole lot less fun than those found here. Black Swan opens this weekend in select cities.

Okay, we get it. We know why you really want to watch this trailer for Black Swan. Just jump to 1:26 and forget how awesome the rest of the film is:

Hey, if Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman getting it on isn’t the thrill you’re looking for, how about Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor? Huh? That do anything for you? I Love You Philip Morris stars Carrey as a conman who finds the love of his life in prison. That love, oddly enough, bears a striking resemblance to young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Not my first choice, either. Nonetheless, I Love You Philip Morris looks to be another nice, comedic/dramatic turn for Carrey who will more than likely get lost in the shuffle come awards time once again. The film opens in New York, L.A., and San Francisco.

Ace Ventura finds the Force in I Love You Philip Morris. Check out the trailer for it right here:

Also opening in limited release are Bhutto, opening in New York and L.A.; Dead Awake, the first movie opening this weekend in limited release starring Nick Stahl this one with Rose McGowan for all you Cherry Darling fans out there, opening in select cities; Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, opening in select cities; Night Catches Us, opening in select cities; and Meskada, the other Nick Stahl headliner this one with Norman Reedus for all you Boondock Saints fans out there, opening in select cities.

Here’s how the top 10 is shaping up this weekend:

  1. Tangled – $29.7m (-39%)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – $21.2m (-56.6%)
  3. Megamind – $8.5m (-31.5%)
  4. Unstoppable – $6.5m (-42.6%)
  5. The Warrior’s Way – $6.3m NEW
  6. Burlesque – $5.7m (-51.8%)
  7. Love and Other Drugs – $5.2m (-45.5%)
  8. Due Date – $3.9m (-45%)
  9. Faster – $3.2m (-62%)
  10. The Next Three Days – $2.7m (-40.9%)

The box office looks to be tangling its way towards $92.9 million this weekend, up 7.8% from the same weekend last year. At that time, the new releases weren’t hardly worth mentioning either with Brothers, Armored, and Everybody’s Fine barely registering amidst the sizable haul coming in from The Blind Side and New Moon. The Warrior’s Way isn’t helping much this weekend, but the one-two punch from Tangled and Deathly Hallows will keep the overall box office well afloat.

We’ll be back on Sunday night to go over the numbers.

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