I never thought I would ever find myself writing this: ‘A Josh Hartnett-led film has opened at #1.’ Of course, he did have a little help from a vampire or two..
The horror film, 30 Days of Night, had an impressive debut for what was actually an unimpressive weekend. With only $16 million, the Alaskan-set vampire flick beat out a host of movies filled with Oscar-nominated stars. Ben Affleck’s well-reviewed directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, opened up in 6th place. Rendition, starring are-they-or-aren’t-they-dating Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, barely cracked the Top Ten. Meanwhile, Things We Lost in the Fire placed a dismal 15th despite the presence of Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro (and promotion on Oprah).
The success of 30 Days and the surprise return of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas - which placed 8th even though it was only in 564 theaters - clearly spells out the audience’s need for some Halloween fare. This bodes well for the release of Saw IV which opens next weekend. (Yay!)
Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:
- 30 Days of Night (R): starring Josh Hartnett, Melissa George (directed by David Slade)
- The Comebacks (PG-13): starring David Koechner, Carl Weathers (directed by Tom Brady)
- Gone Baby Gone (R): starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman (directed by Ben Affleck)
- Lars and the Real Girl (PG-13): starring Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer (directed by Craig Gillespie). Read the FilmCrunch review here.
- Rendition (R): starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep (directed by Gavin Hood)
- Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour (PG): starring Rissa Walters, Brian Comrie (directed by Lisa Comrie)
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