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article image'Prisoners' released and 'Wizard of Oz' returns

By Tim O'Brien     Sep 19, 2013 in Entertainment
A nice mix is in store at the box office this weekend and many may find themselves walking down that Yellow Brick Road once again.
With the Emmys being Sunday and a special In Memoriam, which will feature James Gandolfini, the deceased star with get plenty of face time
"Enough Said" opened early and will serve as a nice ending to a career for the acclaimed actor. A romantic-comedy like this is sorely lacking from mainstream movies these days. One cannot think that a "For Your Consideration" for Gandolfini will be in the works. One last sendoff during award season. "Enough Said" gets a limited run, which is perfect as award season picks up steam. It also stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Meanwhile, now that the NFL has notched its place on the American scene once again and back to school is firmly planted, the box office should start picking up again. The NFL can easily suck up any other event in its wake. The ratings so far have been huge and that will continue. "Insidious Chapter 2" set the stage with a more than expected finish last weekend.
The horror genre is used to surprising in the first weekend out, so it is now that the numbers will tell more of the overall story. However, with the low budgets on many of them, all it takes is a solid first weekend outing.
But, "Prisoners" starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, should set the pace for the weekend. A story about child abduction and the efforts to pursue the case, despite a lack of evidence. "Battle of the Year" is one of those films that get released to a certain audience only. It is centered around a dance competition.
Sept. 18
"Enough Said"- Limited
Weekend
1. "Prisoners" - 3,260 theaters
2. "Battle of the Year" - 2,008 theaters
3. "The Wizard of Oz (3D/IMAX)" - 318 theaters
4. "Thanks for Sharing" - 269 theaters
5. "Rush (2013)"- 5 theaters
"Thanks for Sharing" is the reason why Gwyneth Paltrow has made the interview circuit lately. Hey, some things get overlooked and now that questions is answered. It also stars Adam Ruffalo, Josh Gad and Tim Robbins. Ron Howard unleashed "Rush," but in limited fashion and a great deal of buzz has been generated about it. But, it will be very interesting to see how "Wizard of Oz" in 3D IMAX fares over the weekend.
The 75th anniversary of that trip to Oz is ignited with the re-release of this classic. Despite it being seen many times, the added zest of 3D and IMAX may intrigue many. However, being the 75th anniversary of this classic means a look back at 1939. That year was packed full of gems, including "Gone With the Wind."
Look for many promotional items around for "Oz," including those Happy Meals.
In other movie news, after "Breaking Bad," look for Bryan Cranston to play as Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted author. So, despite rumors about him playing Lex Luthor the next Superman film, this one is set. Deadline has noted Trumbo was the highest paid screenwriter until he went to prison for not naming names in the 1950s.
One last note, advance ticket sales for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" go on sale Oct. 1. "Terminator" and the next Superman saga is set for July 2015.
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