It’s a great week for new indie releases as none other than the likes of Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Ron Paul highlight this week’s new openers. Yes you read that right…Ron Paul. And just for good measure, let’s throw in Brittany Murphy, yes that Brittany Murphy, the one who sadly passed away five years ago. Needless to say it’s an odd collection of offerings this week.
First up is Weinstein’s fest fave, “(The Disappearance of) Eleanor Rigby”, opening limited in New York and Los Angeles. The film stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a couple attempting to regain the love and life they once knew. The film played well on the festival circuit and should enjoy a stellar per screen average this weekend.
Next up is the dramedy, “The Skeleton Twins”, from Roadside Attractions. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play siblings who cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reconnect and discover where their lives went wrong. Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell co-star. I haven’t been able to find this on any VOD day-and-date calendar, which would cut down grossing potential considerably, but knowing it’s a Roadside Attractions title, I’ll keep looking as the week progresses.
Opening Wednesday is the comedy/drama “My Old Lady” from Cohen Media Group. The Dowager Countess herself, Maggie Smith, stars as the spunky resident of a Paris apartment that Kevin Kline inherits. Hilarity (and subletting) ensues. Kristin Scott Thomas co-stars.
Ok what is it with newlywed horror movies this week? We have not one but two for you and one with someone who’s been dead for 5 years! The late Brittany Murphy’s final film, “Something Wicked”, will finally receive a limited run and Magnolia goes out with a limited run on its very own honeymoon horror title, appropriately named, “Honeymoon”. Someone got paid a lot to come up with that title.
And if you’re saying to yourself, “You know, Box Office Insider, there hasn’t been a good Ron Paul movie to come out in quite some time”, fear not citizens! The third installment of the “Atlas Shrugged” trilogy, “Who Is John Galt”, opens this week. I’m guessing Ron Paul plays Ron Paul and not John Galt I counted 300-350 locations on the film’s website, which is down considerably from “Atlas Shrugged 2”, which opened in 1,000 theatres and grossed $3.3 million overall back in 2012. Could do some business in Alaska and New Hampshire, I’m going out on a limb and saying tumbleweeds will be blowing through the theatres in Northern California.
Lastly, lest we forget our Bollywood friends, Fox Star will be busy this week “Finding Fanny”. The film stars Arjun Kapoor and an actress whose name I have no chance whatsoever of spelling correctly. The film’s trailer is really quite cute and could work and looks like Bollywood’s best bet until October 2nd’s “Bang, Bang”