The news that "The Avengers" sequel will drop on May 1, 2015 may help it a bit at the box office this weekend, but their numbers already played out very well this year.
As the weekend rolls along it is a matter a crowning a new champ or keeping the same one. It is up to the audience to decide. Those Dog Days of Summer and school bells ring for many may have an impact on the total take. As "The Bourne Legacy" won last weekend, can it do it again and beat up "The Expendables 2"? It will be a battle of Jeremy Renner and Sylvester Stallone and his huge cast of characters, perhaps. Or can "ParaNorman" shock us all?
The weekend wide releases are:
"The Expendables 2" - 3,200 theaters
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" - 2,598 theaters and opened on Wednesday
"ParaNorman" - 3,429 theaters
"Sparkle (2012)" - 2,244 theaters
Now, a look at the numbers on Wednesday, it seems "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" trailed the top two films of the previous week, so we will see how that plays out, as the studio wanted to get a jump on the others. So far, it didn't help. Meanwhile, back at the bat cave, "The Dark Knight Rises" is poised to officially pass the $400 million mark, domestically. But, the bad news is the tracking of the film with "The Dark Knight" is now way behind at 27 days. As "Rises" gets its $400 million soon, at this time, its predecessor was just over $451 million.
Also, two films that always seemed tucked together and are getting that slow award roll out are "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Moonrise Kingdom." No, they will not have any impact of the weekend box office, just a matter of note as the award season kicks into gear.
Oh, and yes, Cosmopolis" open this weekend and with the interviews, the hype and the Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson saga, one would think it would be a wide release. That is not the case as it sits perched in three theaters - again, for that slow roll out. Or something else, perhaps?