The Reject Report Battles the G-Force


Well, we’re back with another Reject Report on what sure does feel like a down weekend at theaters. What else is there to say? This weekend we are looking at three movies coming out — G Force, The Ugly Truth and Orphan — and quite simply I don’t know anyone who’s been waiting all summer to see this.

Really, it feels like this weekend is going to be a bit of a letdown compared to the other weekends we have had. And really, I know none of you readers care. As I’m writing this, all I care about is “when are those Film School Reject guys going to get out of jail?” I feel like I have an extra responsibility to be extra-charming and witty around here, given how short-staffed we are right now. But I just can’t do it, these movies just don’t excite me one bit — and I have no interest at all in Katherine Heigl.

Besides, they’re all going to lose to Harry Potter anyway, so I’m going to just preview these movies’ prospects and get out of here.

I’ll start with Orphan, which is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and has in the cast Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, and Isabelle Fuhrman. It’s about a husband and wife who adopt a 9-year old — who doesn’t turn out to be such a sweet kid.

It’s in 2700 theaters — not a lot. I know the horror genre has a lot of fans who will pounce on any horror product that shows up, but even the fans have their limits and I have to think $13 million is the likely haul for Orphan.

Next is The Ugly Truth, which rolls out in 2,800 theaters and is a romcom starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. It’s about this morning show producer who agrees to be put up to a series of tests by this male chauvinist correspondent Butler, and surprise surprise, she ends up falling for him. I hope I haven’t given too much of the plot away.

I don’t think this is going to do well at all. In fact, the word appears to be out among people that the movie stinks, so I think we are in for a miserable showing at the box office – no more than about $15 million. I think people have had their romantic comedy fix this summer with The Proposal, and I think the interest isn’t there for this one.

That leaves G-Force, which you would think, based on the title, would be an incredible action-adventure flick or something like that. It isn’t. It turns out to be a Walt Disney CGI picture about some secret government program that trains guinea pigs to work as spies and save the world from the forces of evil. And it’s in 3-D, too! The voices of Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz and Nicolas Cage are lent to the cast of characters.

That’s all well and good, but the problem is that Harry Potter’s latest movie is still in theaters and still likely to steal away business, so I don’t see how this flick is going to get past $29 million. Besides, this is not exactly a PIXAR or Dreamworks show — it’s Walt Disney CGI, and we sure saw what went down with Bolt last year. Bolt got crushed its opening weekend — even thougb it was a good movie. From the sounds of it, this movie isn’t going to be even half as good as Bolt.

So that can only mean one thing: another weekend at the top for Harry Potter yet again. The likely finish:

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $39 million
  2. G-Force $29 million
  3. The Ugly Truth $15 million
  4. Orphan $13 million
  5. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $8.5 million
  6. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $7 million
  7. The Hangover $5.4 million
  8. The Proposal $5 million
  9. Public Enemies $4.6 million
  10. Bruno $4.2 million

That is all for now. Back at the end of the weekend when we count up the moola again here at the Reject Report.

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