It’s another edition of the Reject Report and we have some big wide releases on tap this weekend. The two widest releases are the family adventure Aliiens in the Attic and the Judd Apatow laughfest Funny People, starring Adam Sandler.and Seth Rogen. And you were beginning to think we might get through a summer without seeing an Adam Sandler movie, or a Judd Apatow movie? Fat hope. If it’s summer, it’s a safe bet you’ll see a Sandler or Apatow movie. I’ll bet you didn’t expect to see Sandler actually in an Apatow movie, though. Anyway, they’re back again for more laughs.
We’ll begin, though, with The Collector, a horror flick which is in just over 1,300 theaters and stars Madeline Zima (“Californication”), Andrea Roth, Daniella Alonso,Robert Wisdom, Michael Reilly Burke, and last but not least, Josh Stewart as a burglar who find that someone else had already taken his intended victims hostage and riddled the place with deadly traps. Fat chance getting out alive.
Anyway, I am not expecting a big showing, maybe $5 million. It’s from Freestyle Releasing which doesn’t have as much of a promotional budget compared to the other guys; they are also not bothering to screen this for the critics, apparently, either. So I only expect something in the $5 million range.
Next is Aliens in the Attic from Fox, which rolls out in 3,100 theaters. It’s pretty much what you expect: it’s aliens in, well, an attic of a vacation home, terrorizing people. Pretty self explanatory. Carter Jenkins, Austin Robert Butler and Ashley Tisdale are in the cast.
What I’m noticiing is that the test scores are no good and there’s about as much anticipation for this movie as there would be for, I dunno, a trip to the garbage can or something like that. Really, there just is no anticipation for this flick that I know of. So I’m giving this one $12 million.
Finally, we have Funny People which combines the efforts of three guys who we have come to expect every summer movie season: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow. You can normally expect Sandler to deliver a solid opening every time. Apatow, on the other hand, is more hit and miss, but he usually delivers a good show. Rogen is pretty much the same story. Sandler plays this aging comedian with this inoperable blood disease who has one year to live, and Rogen plays this struggling comedian who teams up with him. It’s kind of darker subject matter where they deal with death and dying — and complete recovery in Sandler’s case.
I am expecting a good opening for this one, because Adam Sandler usually can be counted on to open in double digits during the summer and Judd Apatow’s best box office of the year is usually achieved during the summer, so I am anticipating about $34 million. I’d have it higher, but the theater count seems a little low to me,. In any event, I don’t see much by way of competition, with G-Force in its second week and the latest Harry Potter movie already sinking fast, and a lot of other holdovers.
So my box office prediction amounts to this:
- Funny People $34 million
- G-Force $17 million
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $16 million
- The Ugly Truth $14 million
- Aliens in the Attic $12 million
- Orphan $7 million
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $5.7 million
- The Collector $5 million
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $4.8 million
- The Hangover $4.4 million
Two other wide releases of note are (500) Days opf Summer and The Hurt Locker, but they aren’t in too many theaters so I doubt they will crack the Top Ten. The theater count for The Hurt Locker is the highest it has been yet, but it is still under 600 theaters.
That’s it! See you this weekend when we find out who is laughing all the way to the bank here at the Reject Report!