Ben Affleck vs. Jennifer Garner for no. 1 and 7 surprises about Friday's new movies
We're not sure we can remember the last time a husband and wife battled each other for no. 1 at the box office, but it looks like that's whats in store for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner this weekend.
Affleck stars in "Gone Girl," the David Fincher's thriller which has already earned over $48 million in the U.S. and should find somewhere between $20-22 million in its second frame. Garner appears opposite Steve Carell in Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" which is also expected to earn between $20-24 million over the weekend. For "Girl" it will be the second time it's trying to sneak by a competitor after the 20th Century Fox flick beat "Annabelle" by just $378,000. The other new wide releases may be close, but likely won't be battling for no. 1.
Universal Pictures' "Dracula Untold" is expected to pull in $18-20 million and "The Judge" could make a ruling with around $15 million (or less). "Addicted" is only in 846 theaters so if it can earn more than $7 million Lionsgate will be happy. What's most intriguing are the limited bows of "St. Vincent" and "Whiplash," two well-reviewed flicks that should expand nicely in the coming weeks.
So, while we ponder what Mr. and Mrs. Affleck may have wagered on the weekend crown (remember Ben loves him some poker), here are seven things about some of Friday's other releases you likely weren't aware of.
"The Judge" is currently Robert Downey, Jr.'s worst reviewed film since 2006's "The Shaggy Dog."
That means its officially the worst received RDJ flick in the post-"Iron Man" era. Somewhat scary considering he and his wife, Susan Downey, shepherded it through their production company. Now you know why he's promoting it like crazy. Needs to be a hit.
Read Drew McWeeny's review
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is 81 minutes long with credits.
Basically, that's under an hour and 18 minutes . That either means a lot of trailers for your kids to sit through or you'll be out of the theater before you know it.
Watch our interview with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner
"Dracula Untold" reportedly cost $100 million.
That's with just Luke Evans as your leading man (i.e., relatively cheap), shooting with tax incentives in Northern Ireland and CG that's good, but not awards-worthy. Yeah, we don't get it either.
Watch our interview with Luke Evans
"Kill The Messenger" isn't even pretending to be an awards movie.
From a distance the Focus Features release looked like it was an awards season player and, in theory, it should have been. Despite solid reviews, however, "Messenger" doesn't have the emotional impact its clearly going for. That being said, if you're a Jeremy Renner fan it's worth catching at some point.
Watch our interview with Jeremy Renner