This weekend we’ll have an epic battle of heroes versus aliens when last week’s box office champ,Watchmen takes on Dwayne Johnson and Race to Witch Mountain. The film is a “reimagining” of the 1975 Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain, which starred Eddie Albert. Zack Snyder’s graphic novel adaptation debuted last Friday with 55 million dollars, which some critics saw as a so-so opening considering Warner Brother’s excessive marketing plan. The film will have to stave off Witch Mountain along with two other wide releases to hold on to it’s number one spot. In the words of Watchmen’s Rorschach, “That’s a tall order.”
This is a hard one to call considering Dwayne Johnson has had a string of number one films in the past few years. For the most part his movies have been rated PG-13, which may be the one thing that will hinder Watchmen’s reign. Since the comic book movie is rated R, it isolates a lot of potential viewers and their money. Yet, on the upside they have IMAX screenings to help them compensate for some of their lost revenue. It currently has 124 runs at the unconventional theater, and has been doing quite well.
Other new openings this weekend include the Wes Craven remake, The Last House on the Left, a gruesome horror pic that’s also rated R. The film is expected to debut in third place, but trackers wouldn’t be surprised if it overperformed. The Fox Atomic comedy Miss March, which stars Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore also hits today, but is a primary target for the college aged crowd.
I predict that Race to Witch Mountain will top the box office, followed by Watchmen, Last House on the Left, and Miss March way, way at the bottom of the list. The reviews for the majority of these films have been either mixed or bad so you never know. Paul Blart or Taken may creep their way back into the top 5!
Who do you think will dominate this week’s box office?