Time’s up for two-time winner “Gone Girl,” as World War II tank movie “Fury” will snatch the top spot away this weekend.
Playing at 3,173 theaters, “Fury” stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close. The film was written and directed by David Ayer, the man Warner Bros. has tapped too direct the live action Suicide Squad movie. “Fury” also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peña. But of course the big draw here is Brad Pitt .
The marketing campaign for “Fury” has focused on the action packed tank battles and the stakes Pitt and his crew face against 300 German soldiers. In the past few weeks, the marketing push has gone into overdrive with television ads during the baseball playoffs and NFL games.
The cast members have been out pushing the film; even Shia LaBeouf has made appearances. And he didn’t embarrass himself or the film. When was the last time you could say that?
“Fury” has strong reviews (76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as of Friday morning). And according to Fandango, its outselling “The Monuments Men” which opened to $22 million earlier this year. With a popular leading man, and an intriguing plot, “Fury” is poised for a strong debut or at least $25 million this weekend.
Opening at 3,069 theaters this weekend, “The Book of Life” is the second feature-length animated movie from Reel FX. Their first movie was last November’s “Free Birds,” which opened to $15.8 million on its way to a decent $55.8 million total.From Mexican director Jorge R. Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro,
“The Book of Life” is set against the backdrop of the Day of the Dead celebration, and great pains seem to have been taken to honor and respect the Mexican holiday.
The movie has unique visual style and strong voice cast which includes Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, and Ice Cube. Will that cast be enough to bring people into the theatre? Probably not, and distributor 20th Century Fox knows this. The studio is expecting a number in the mid-to-high teens. I think that’s about i=right and “The Book of Life” should open with around $16 million.
Opening at 2,936 theaters, “The Best of Me” is the ninth Nicholas Sparks adaptation to hit the big screen. But the highest-grossing entry remains 2004’s “The Notebook,” which ended its run with just north of $81 million, and remains a very popular movie today. So popular in fact that most of Sparks’ other films get compared to “The Notebook.”
“The Best of Me” stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, or maybe its really about their younger selves (Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato)? I don’t know, nor do i plan to fins out. I got dragged kicking and screaming to “The Notebook,” and its not an experience I wish to repeat. Regardless of what I think, “The Best of Me” should open with around $12 million.