Date Night

We are in for a fairly light weekend as far as new movies are concerned, but the actual box office race promises to be no less interesting, because Clash of the Titans faces a stiff challenge from Date Night.

Before we go forward, a bit of an announcement from me. As our editors here already know by now, I have decided to step back from writing The Reject Report column in the near future to concentrate on some of the other things I have been doing in journalism. Lately, my role as a news reporter has expanded at the Battlefords News-Optimist and Regional Optimist newspapers, where I work here in frozen Canada. I’ve added a new newspaper column and more blogging to my activities, which is all good, but it really has made it difficult for me to have any sort of life. So I will be dialing back a bit from movie writing at least in the short run, although I do plan to continue to contribute some pieces here at Film School Rejects in the future as time allows.

I’m not sure exactly yet what I plan to do at the site in the future. I might do another column, or I might not. In any event I plan to enjoy some much needed time off while I consider what I might want to do next. In the meantime, we’re still working out details of the transition and so on, so once we have all that figured out we’ll let you know.

Now on to the week’s movies, and we’ll begin with a bit of an unusual entry this week. It’s a movie from Vivendi Entertainment called Letters to God. It’s a Christian-themed movie based around a young boy who is stricken with cancer and whose letters to God inspire people around him.

It’s opening in nearly 900 locations. That isn’t a lot of locations but is enough for this movie to have a shot at a Top Ten finish. Now, I know what a lot of people are saying: “who wants to see Letters to God?” Well, a lot of people were saying the same thing about that Christian-themed Kirk Cameron movie Fireproof, which ended up surprising a lot of people by making $33 million in its run a couple of years ago. Based on that experience, I say never count out the power of the born-again Christians to make an impact at the box office.

Anyway, I think $4 million is my guess for Letters to God.

Now on to the comedy Date Night, which ought to make for a really good “Date Movie” when you thing of it. It stars the two stars of Thursday “Must-See-TV”, Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Also in the cast are Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson and James Franco. In this movie, Carell and Fey play a married couple who liven up their marriage by going on a Date Night at a seafood restaurant, and all heck breaks out as the couple ends up wrapped up in a case of mistaken identity.

I think this movie is going to look really good to a lot of people fed up with a lot of these offerings they are seeing at the theaters these days. Their big-screen efforts may have had some hit-and-miss results as of late but both Carell and Fey are considered comedic geniuses, particularly on TV. So I think they are going to be a draw for a lot of people.

The big question, though, is whether Date Night can topple Clash of the Titans from first place. I happen to think Clash is going to take a gigantic drop from its haul from last week. I just get the sense that people are just not impressed enough with this movie, and most of the people who wanted to see it probably have, already. So I think Clash will drop to $28 million. Date Night is going to be in over 3300 locations and I am going to go out on a limb and predict that it will win the weekend box office by a hair. $29 million.

There are also a few limited release movies out there, but I don’t expect any of them to do enough business to crack the top Ten. My daring forecast for this weekend is as follows:

  1. Date Night $29 million
  2. Clash of the Titans $28 million
  3. How to Train Your Dragon $19 million
  4. Why Did I Get Married Too? $13 million
  5. The Last Song $8 million
  6. Hot Tub Time Machine $6 million
  7. Alice in Wonderland $5 million
  8. The Bounty Hunter $4.1 million
  9. Letters to God $4 million
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid $3.5 million

That’s it for now. We’ll be back again this weekend for another box office roundup here again at the Reject Report!


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