Talk about throwing a curve this weekend at the box office. Enter Clint Eastwood. Life is all about timing and this weekend "Trouble With the Curve" opens and it is the widest new release scheduled.
Go ahead and read a couple things into that if the need arises. First, the empty chair and second, people love Eastwood, for the most part. Now, which will win out as that choice to go or not to go comes up? Knowing that Hollywood leans one way most of the time, it would seem the studio may have pulled it from some theaters thinking it will now suffer because of his convention discussion.
However, the studios may also realize that many more people actually liked what he did, but the media would never let on. But, it surely looks sappy, so we will see.
To get an idea of how some may think it will help, head here.
Besides that interesting storyline for the weekend, Hollywood needs a bigger opening than the winner last week. "Resident Evil: Retribution's" tiny winner tally of $21 million isn't enough to keep the box office from sagging.
As planned, "The Master" gets a wider release but still not enough to help theaters across the land.
1. "Trouble with the Curve" - 3,212 theaters
2. "House at the End of The Street" - 3,083 theaters
3. "End of Watch" - 2,730 theaters
4. "Dredd" - 2,506 theaters
5. "The Master" - 788 theaters
6. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" - 4 theaters
Note: more may be added on Friday, or taken away, too.
Looking at this list, one may just want to go back and revisit something seen already. Or look for some positive news elsewhere like "Lincoln" will get its premiere at the AFI Festival. Or that "Hitchcock" arrives, along with "Lincoln," in November. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson will most likely be together for the premiere of "Breaking Dawn." No kidding. Even if they do not like each other, the studio will tell them to, and act like they do.
It is, after all, a business. As in the business of show.