Despite mixed reviews, Margot at the Wedding (a personal favourite), is heading for a $40,000 weekend average.. though its 2 screens make it hard to suggest whether Margot will do well when it expands. But it can never do as bad as Richard Kelly‘s much-delayed release of Southland Tales, which is heading for a $1,500 average on 63 screens. Based on Friday estimates, it looks like No Country For Old Men will be the story of weekend, and might just break the fall-indie-curse, as it hit the top 10, placing 7th on just 148 screens, heading for a $2.5 million weekend and a $18,000 average.
In the bigger leagues, Lions For Lambs continued to tank into oblivion, grossing under $1 million on Friday (below No Country, despite playing on 15 times the screens) and heading for maybe $3 million. Thats a 60% drop, and makes it headed for a final gross of around $20 million, the lowest grossing Cruise film since 1986’s Legend (and if you adjust for inflation, the lowest since 1983’s Losin’ It).
The news wasn’t much better for Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which took in $2.6 million as it heads for $9-11 over the weekend. But Beowulf managed to hit expectations with $9.7 million, even if that might be a bit low for a hugely hyped and very expensive techno-saavy venture. Nonetheless, it could end up beating What Lies Beneath‘s $29 million to become the highest opener of Robert Zemeckis‘ box office heavy career.