If you thought the last few weekends at the box office have been sort of quiet, get ready because there’s plenty of new stuff arriving just in time to satisfy your movie-watching cravings. This weekend finds four new movies in wide release, with several others slowly rolling out in a limited capacity. It might be a little cliché to say there’s something for everyone, but there is, in fact, something for everyone. Let’s take a look …
What’s the Scoop: The comic hero who was once featured in a film starring Sylvester Stallone gets a violent, badass modern makeover with Karl Urban taking over the role of a futuristic police officer who must battle his way through a heavily-armed building in order to take out a nasty villain, played by Lena Headey.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Because the buzz out of comic-con on this one was real strong, and it’s looking to get an additional boost when it premieres at Fantastic Fest on Thursday night right before hitting theaters on Friday. Take note, though, that this ain’t your family-friendly Marvel movie. This is an R rated as they come folks, and fans are loving every second of it.
What’s the Scoop: In an interesting twist on the found footage genre, director David Ayer takes a hectic run-and-gun approach to his latest cop drama. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as police officers who find themselves targets after a run-in with members of a notorious drug cartel.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Its unique filmmaking approach is definitely bringing it some extra attention, plus it’s pretty darn good. If you’re looking for a little real-life intensity injected into your weekend movie-watching plans, you’ll find plenty of it here.
What’s the Scoop: The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence makes her return to the big screen in this creepy haunted-house thriller about a girl who moves in next door to a house that’s hiding some pretty dark (and deadly) secrets.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Lawrence is still riding that Hunger Games train, and so look for fans of hers to flock to this freaky mid-September chiller.
What’s the Scoop: Clint Eastwood returns to the big screen as an actor in this dramedy about an aging baseball scout who takes his daughter (Amy Adams) on one last recruiting trip.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Aside from it being the weekend’s largest release (over 3100 screens), it also has a cast that appeals to all age groups (aside from Eastwood and Adams, you also have Justin Timberlake).
My Prediction: Definitely a tough weekend to predict, but I’m going to figure the 3D and Fantastic Fest buzz may help Dredd climb out on top, especially with Resident Evil: Retribution taking last weekend. Look for Trouble with the Curve to potentially give it a run for its money.
My Pick of the Week: It’s only in four theaters (before expanding to more next weekend), but I adored The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If you’re a fan of the book – or just like solid coming-of-age movies – then definitely keep an eye out for this one when it arrives in your area.
Alright, now it’s your turn. Sound off below and let us know which film you think will win the weekend box office. Also, tell us what you’ll be going to see this weekend.