Jinkies, if it’s not one thing it’s another. As if one of the worst summers on record at the box office wasn’t bad enough now we have to turn our focus to attempting to lure young men out of their basements, somehow de-cement the game controls from their sweaty hands and convince them to give up playing the new “Destiny” videogame for at least two hours. It won’t be easy. Granted, “Dolphin Tale 2” probably isn’t for that audience but maybe some 10-12 year olds who would have checked out the aquatic sequel are otherwise distracted and some of the “No Good Deed” crowd may also be engrossed elsewhere. Trying to figure this out is a cinematic 2014 version of a Rubik’s Cube but let’s give it a shot.
BOX OFFICE INSIDER’S PROJECTED WEEKEND TOP 10
1) DOLPHIN TALE 2—WARNER BROTHERS—$18.3 MILLION
The first one did $19 mil, also in September. It’s hard to imagine this one topping that but we wouldn’t have given you a dime’s chance for that $19 million total either.
2) NO GOOD DEED—SONY/SCREEN GEMS—$15.2 MILLION
No offense to Idris Elba (he’s one of our favorites and we don’t want him throwing a lamp at us) but he’s not enough of a household name to push this into the 20’s. Hmm, he looks offended.
3) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY—BUENA VISTA—$6.1 MILLION—DOWN 40%
The “Destiny” effect is felt strongest here, unless the movie continues to expand its audience down to negative 1 year-olds.
4) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES—PARAMOUNT—$3.6 MILLION—DOWN 44%
In theatres as in nature, dolphins beat turtles every time. Not even close.
5) IF I STAY—WARNER BROTHERS—$3.5 MILLION—DOWN 36%
Much to the delight of the Boys From Burbank, Chloe Grace Moretz’s fan base refuses to go away.
6) LET’S BE COPS—FOX—$3.1 MILLION—DOWN 43%
The film’s urban audience probably drifts to NGD but Let’s Be Honest, it’s still the only comedy out there.
7) THE NOVEMBER MAN—RELATIVITY—$2.5 MILLION—DOWN 40%
My mom wants to see this and I don’t recall her mentioning she waited in line at Best Buy for her copy of “Destiny”. Therefore, Pierce’s audience shouldn’t be distracted either.
8) THE DROP—FOX SEARCHLIGHT—$2.4 MILLION
FSL Distrib Head Frank Rodriguez told me on Tuesday, “we’re looking forward to doing business in both art/cinephile theatres as well as mainstream multiplexes”. If they can get a little of both this should land in the Top 10.
9) THE GIVER—WEINSTEIN—$2.3 MILLION—DOWN 31%
Despite its overall cume being only $38.4 million, it looks like yet another Top 10 finish is in store for week #5.
10) THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY—$2.1 MILLION—DOWN 30%
“Baise Destiny!!!” scoffs a rather raunchy Helen Mirren. Reason #346 why we love Helen Mirren.