YOU'RE NEXT DAY 16

As summer officially winds down, we’re in one of the best periods for movie lovers. This weekend offers a treasure trove of films to see in the theater, though none will be blockbusters. But who cares? Good movies.

Of the new films, You’re Next is easily the most commercial. A film that features no stars (unless you’re a big mumblecore or Step Up 3D fan), it’s good to know that often doesn’t matter when it comes to horror movies. $20 Million seems the ceiling, but good word of mouth could help. It may have taken a couple of years for the film to hit the big screen, but there’s nothing dated about the picture, and it plays well with the slasher conventions, so even a $40 Million total would be a huge success for the movie.

Then there’s The World’s End. The highest grossing Edgar Wright film is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which made a little over $30 Million, but all his films have had a long shelf-life on home video. This one has been well advertised, but even so there’s a ceiling of around ten Million

Oh, and there’s also The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

That said, Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine is expanding to over a thousand screens, while in limited release The Grandmaster and Short Term 12 hit New York and Los Angeles as they expand shortly thereafter. This is the best weekend for movies in a very, very long time.

But numbers-wise?

  1. You’re Next – $17.5 Million
  2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $16 Million
  3. We’re the Millers – $11.7 Million
  4. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – $10.3 Million
  5. The World’s End - $9 Million

I might be going a little high on Next, which could lose first place to The Butler, but that’s the fun of prediction.

What are you going to watch this weekend?