Nic Cage SMAAAAASH!!! With his car, of course. I’m sure he’d be more than happy to step into the Incredible Hulk role. Until that glorious day, though, we’ll have to be satisfied with watching him bust out of Hell and taking on William Fichtner as the Devil’s accountant.
Plus it’s all in 3-D. Hall Pass isn’t, but who really wants Jason Sudekis in 3-D? Those are the two big movies this weekend, and where they stack up on this week’s box office charts might surprise you.
Drive Angry is going to hit hard this weekend. It might not be coming from the Nicolas Cage name. The man with a bird for hair isn’t exactly lighting the box office on fire with movies like Season of the Witch ($10.6-million opening) or even Summer fare like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ($17.6-million opening). Hell, you might almost give more credit to Drive Angry‘s potential success to director Patrick Lussier who had a $21.2-million opening with My Bloody Valentine 3-D in 2009. He seems to be bringing the same level of in-your-face craziness with Drive Angry, and that is probably the biggest selling point this movie has going for it. Almost a Snakes On a Plane sense of insanity that people have to see first-hand but one the actually delivers.
There doesn’t seem to be any reason to believe Drive Angry won’t find the same opening weekend success as My Bloody Valentine. That movie didn’t even have a Nic Cage name helping it along. I know all you Jensen Ackles fanatics out there are now writing angry emails. I like “Supernatural”, too. I can handle them. Conservatively, Drive Angry will blaze in somewhere in the low $20 millions, but it could potentially move further north into the mid-$20-million range.
Check out some of that craziness right here with the Drive Angry trailer:
Remember the Farrelly Brothers? They had a monster hit about 13 years ago with There’s Something About Mary. Since then, it’s been decent (Me, Myself and Irene opened to $24.2 million in 2000) to downright sad (Osmosis Jones opened to $5.2 million in 2001). However, you gotta hand it to them. They’re sticking with the R-rated comedies. Their latest, Hall Pass, doesn’t scream box office juggernaut. You just have to look at Drillbit Taylor to see how well Owen Wilson handles films by his lonesome. Jason Sudekis isn’t exactly Jennifer Aniston when it comes to coupled star power, either. Hall Pass is likely to land in the low teens this weekend. That’s if it even makes it to the teens. We could be looking at another single-digit wonderment from the Farrellys.
But maybe you liked The Heartbreak Kid. Maybe you were rolling on the floor with Stuck On You. Check out the trailer for Hall Pass right here to get more of that, whatever “that” is:
It’s Oscar weekend, and the box office looks to be dominated by the likes of Adam Sandler, Justin Bieber, and Martin Lawrence. In addition to being all future lifetime achievement honorees, their films will fill in the spots around Drive Angry and Hall Pass. While the three mentioned right here will have fairly large drops from last weekend, films like Gnomeo and Juliet and Unknown are looking to have slightly lower drop than their competition. In fact, you can expect both of these films to rank higher this weekend than even Hall Pass.
Of Gods and Men tells the tale of a group of French monks who must decide whether to fight for or flee from their Algerian monastery when a group of fundamentalists threaten their way of life. The film is currently at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and was Algeria’s official entry into the foreign language category at this year’s Oscars. It looks to be quite a powerful story that raises some very interesting questions. You can see for yourself if you are living in New York or L.A. this weekend. Of Gods and Men opens in limited release in those cities.
Also opening in limited release are The Grace Card opening on 300 screens around the country, Heartbeats opening at the IFC Center in New York City, The Bleeding opening in select cities, and A Good Man opening in New York City.
Here’s how the weekend is shaping up:
- Drive Angry – $21.1m NEW
- Gnomeo and Juliet – $16.5m (-35%)
- Unknown – $15.5m (-28.6%)
- Hall Pass – $13.6m NEW
- I Am Number Four – $10.7m (-52.6%)
- Just Go With It – $10.5m (-42.9%)
- Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – $8.3m (-48.7%)
- Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $6.6m (-50%)
- The King’s Speech – $5.7m (-11.5%)
- The Roommate – $1.7m (-55%)
We’re looking at a $110.2-million weekend, a bit on the conservative side but still rather impressive given how unimpressive January turned out to be. These are relatively good numbers considering the date. The last weekend in February isn’t exactly a record breaker regardless of what is hitting. The holiday films have long since been swept out of theaters. The Oscar hopefuls have all been watched. Most of what is left for viewers to choose from are the remnants of the January and early February graveyard. Spring is just on the horizon, and moviegoers are looking onward and upward to the Summer season. We’ll get there eventually, but until that day, we’ll have Nicolas Cage and his brilliant hair in 3-D to keep us company.
We’ll be back on Sunday night to go over the numbers.