For three weeks, no film has been able to pull "Gravity" from its No. 1 orbit. But this weekend,
The inexpensive hidden-camera comedy from the "Jackass" creator is poised to debut with a strong $30 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. (
Meanwhile, "Gravity," the hit 3-D space drama, may add another $22 million to its $177-million haul -- meaning the
Despite a star-studded cast that includes
In "Bad Grandpa," Knoxville disguises himself as an 86-year-old man traveling cross-country with his 8-year-old grandson (
Financed by Paramount for $15 million, "Bad Grandpa" has received mostly positive reviews: On Thursday, the film had notched a 75% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Heading into the weekend, the movie is generating the most interest among young males.
Knoxville's "Jackass" film franchise has done healthy business at the box office over the years. In 2002, "Jackass: The Movie" -- essentially a longer-form, R-rated version of the
Four years later, the second film collected $72 million, and the third -- released in 3-D in 2010 -- took in an impressive $117 million. (The official title for Knoxville's new film is "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.")
Despite early hoopla for "The Counselor," in recent weeks there has been little buzz about the film. With the adult-aimed "Gravity" and
Cormac McCarthy's "Counselor" script centers on a yuppie lawyer (Fassbender) who decides to orchestrate a drug smuggling deal. It also features turns from colorful criminals played by Diaz, Bardem and
In limited release this weekend,
will open its controversial French film "Blue Is the Warmest Color" in two theaters in Los Angeles and two in New York. With a running time of 3 hours, the movie follows a budding romance between two young women (Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux) and includes some explicit and much talked-about lesbian sex scenes.
Since winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the NC-17-rated movie has made headlines as its stars and director have publicly disparaged one another. In a September interview, Exarchopoulos and Seydoux said they had a "horrible" experience with director Abdellatif Kechiche and would never work with him again. The filmmaker then said he did not think the film should be released.