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Will "Carrie" pull
Since making its debut two weeks ago,
That weekend sum would put the space epic in a tight race for No. 1 with a remake of the horror classic "Carrie," which is set to open at around $33 million. (
The two other films hitting theaters nationwide this weekend are poised for disappointing debuts. "Escape Plan," a pricey action flick starring aging action heroes
A film version of
Co-financed by MGM and
Meanwhile, there has been little buzz about "Escape Plan," which carries a major price tag. Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment and Emmett/Furla Films spent about $70 million to produce the film about two inmates trying to break out of a high-security prison.
Since returning to film following his stint as governor of California, Schwarzenegger has not proved to be a box-office draw. Although he has been a part of the ensemble cast in
DreamWorks SKG had high hopes for "The Fifth Estate," premiering it at the Toronto Film Festival in September and distributing it during the heart of award season. But even though WikiLeaks continues to stay in the headlines, it appears few moviegoers are interested in the film, which has also been damaged by lackluster reviews.
In limited release, FilmDistrict's High Top Releasing will open the faith-based "I'm In Love with a Church Girl" in about 500 theaters. Starring rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule as a drug trafficker who falls for a Christian girl, the movie has been marketed via pastors and church groups over the last month.
Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight will debut its best-picture contender "12 Years a Slave" in 18 theaters this weekend. Based on the 1853 autobiography of a free black man who was sold into slavery in the South, the historical drama has received rave reviews since debuting at the Telluride Film Festival in August.
Despite the grave subject matter, Searchlight is hoping the Steve McQueen-directed picture will generate enough positive word-of-mouth to become a hit as it expands nationwide over the next month.
[Update, Oct. 18, 7:49 a.m.: An earlier version of this story referred to "Walt Disney Studio's DreamWorks SKG," which has been changed for clarity. Disney does not own DreamWorks, but has a distribution deal with the company.]