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article image'Cloud Atlas' gets attention but 'Fun Size' seeks Halloween crowd

By Tim O'Brien     Oct 25, 2012 in Entertainment
While many of these box office weekend peaks will be focusing on "Cloud Atlas," a few things come to mind. The first is that, all of sudden, "Cloud Atlas" lands on TV with a barrage of ads to remind people that it is coming out.
Remind people should actually be, let them know in the first place. Second, it looks intriguing and one of those movies that has great potential.
It is also one of those films one wants to do well. And finally, for this film, many knew that is was coming out after Tom Hanks dropped the f-bomb on "Good Morning America" while promoting it. But, will people go? Time will tell, but it does open at midnight Thursday (Oct. 25). You be the judge on the success of the movie by going or celebrating Halloween this weekend, as adults will do.
But, taking a look at the theater count, it is not the film that gets the widest release. That would be a movie called "Fun Size." This is the movie that will attempt to nab that Halloween audience of youngsters. Here is a quick synopsis from IMDB: "Wren's Halloween plans go awry when she's made to babysit her brother, who disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friend and two nerds at her side, she needs to find her brother before her mom finds out he's missing." By the way, "Silent Hill 2" gets more theaters than "Cloud Atlas."
Theater counts
1. "Fun Size" - 3,014 theaters
2. "Silent Hill 2" - 2,933 theaters
3. "Chasing Mavericks" - 2,002 theaters
4. "Cloud Atlas" - 2,008 theaters
Meanwhile, "Chasing Mavericks" opens and will try to get that same audience with its inspirational tale. Enjoy these now. Next weekend is the start of the big box office draws, as they enter the picture. With "Skyfall" opening on Nov. 9 and then "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II" dropping, look out. All the others may get left in the popcorn bin.
Award notes
"Lincoln" opens quietly on Nov. 9 against "Skyfall" but it is not really a head-to-head battle because of those theater counts. But, when it goes wide next week against "Twilight," it will be interesting to track. The younger audiences will have plenty to watch, while the older crowd will have and "Lincoln," besides the James Bond or Hanks films. But, truth be told, many adults like "Twilight" as well.
On Oct. 22, it was the official party for the cast of "Argo" as they were honored as winners of the Hollywood Film Awards." See earlier story here. "Rust and Bone" wins the London Film Festival while some speculation is out there prodding a Best Picture nomination for a James Bond film. In other words, can it be done, much like the idea for "The Dark Knight Rises"?
Some buzz around for Best Actress includes Marion Cotillard in "Rust and Bone" and Helen Hunt in "The Sessions." Oh, throw in Meryl Streep, too. Just do it
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