Weekend Forecast: 'Carrie', 'Escape Plan', & 'The Fifth Estate'
Featured Stories - on October 16, 2013 by BoxOffice Staff
This Friday, October 18 will see the wide release of three new films: Carrie, Escape Plan, and The Fifth Estate. Will two-week champion Gravity be dethroned?
- The original film is regarded as something of a horror classic, bringing built-in appeal to this remake.
- Star Chloe Grace Moretz is a budding star thanks to the Kick-Ass franchise and Hugo, among other recent films, in which she turned heads. Julianne Moore adds some veteran star power.
- Flixster and Facebook activity have been very encouraging leading up to release.
- The horror genre is hot right now, and recent remakes have been able to do well.
- As the lone horror offering during Halloween season this year, genre fans should turn out.
- Twitter activity has been sluggish this week.
- Moretz isn't yet a proven draw outside of the film community and genre fans.
- The success of Gravity and Captain Phillips could limit the potential adult audience that is most familiar with the Carrie name.
- Bringing Arnold and Stallone together worked fairly well for The Expendables franchise.
- Twitter activity is somewhat healthier than The Last Stand at the same point before release.
- Arnold's The Last Stand and Stallone's Bullet to the Head were box office bombs earlier this year.
- Facebook and Flixster activity are very sluggish.
The Fifth Estate
- Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming a more recognizable name/face thanks to his presence in a number of successful films lately, most recently Star Trek Into Darkness.
- The WikiLeaks story was widely publicized in recent years, adding some needed familiarity to the film's reason for being.
- Online activity leaves much to be desired.
- The success of other adult-leaning films lately has diminished potential demand for this.
- Critical reviews are in the cellar.
- Cumberbatch isn't yet a proven box office draw.
Check out our weekend forecast for these films and the remainder of the top 10 in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Gravity||Oct 4, 2013||Warner Bros.
|Carrie (2013)||Oct 18, 2013||Sony / Screen Gems
|Captain Phillips||Oct 11, 2013||Sony / Columbia
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||Sep 27, 2013||Sony / Columbia
|Escape Plan||Oct 18, 2013||Lionsgate / Summit
|The Fifth Estate||Oct 18, 2013||Disney / DreamWorks
|Prisoners||Sep 20, 2013||Warner Bros.
|Runner Runner||Oct 4, 2013||Fox
|Insidious Chapter 2||Sep 13, 2013||FilmDistrict
|Machete Kills||Oct 11, 2013||Open Road
|Enough Said||Sep 18, 2013||Fox Searchlight
|12 Years a Slave||Oct 18, 2013||Fox Searchlight
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.