CARRIE Looking to Scare Up $20 Million at Weekend Box Office; GRAVITY on Track for Top Spot, THE FIFTH ESTATE to Flop
The remake of the classic horror film CARRIE, based upon Stephen King's novel, hits theaters this weekend - but according to initial box office reports, it doesn't appear to have the expected money flow to knock Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY from the top spot.
GRAVITY, meanwhile, is expected to easliy remain at the top of the box office with an additional $30 million.
CARRIE is based on the King novel of the same name about a teenage girl dealing with everyday school life in the face of her overbearing, religious mother and burgeoning understanding of her telekinetic powers. The original film was directed by Brian DePalma and was recently translated for the Broadway stage.
The critically-panned THE FIFTH ESTATE, which drew early buzz for Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, looks to be headed nowhere at the box office. According to THR, the film is looking likely to take in less than $4 million by Sunday.
The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Assange (Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them?"
The final new film this weekend, SylvesterStallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger's ESCAPE PLAN, looks to be on lockdown. Analysts expect the film to take in less than $10 million - despite its $70 million budget.
BWW will bring the updated box office report Sunday morning.