"The Butler" is on its way to making a tidy profit for the
Meanwhile, the three new films hitting the box office nationwide are not poised to make much of a splash.
That means "Mortal Instruments" will likely gross between $8 million and $10 million between Friday and Sunday -- the same amount the British comedy
In other words: It'll be a tight race for the runner-up position.
If "Mortal Instruments" does not exceed industry projections this weekend, its German financial backer Constantin Film may be particularly disappointed. The company, which spent $60 million to produce the film and another $60 million to market it abroad, is already in pre-production on a sequel set to shoot this fall.
Written by Cassandra Clare, the five-book "Mortal Instruments" series has sold 24 million copies worldwide. But in the wake of the massive success of the "Twilight" franchise, several movies adapted from young adult novels have failed to connect with moviegoers. Though
In the first "Mortal Instruments" movie,
On the contrary, "The World's End" has been embraced by reviewers. The movie is the third installment in a series of English comedies from the trio of
The $20 million-budgeted "World's End" launched in four foreign markets in July and has since collected about $16 million. Not surprisingly, the film has so far made most of its money in the U.K. Directed by Wright, who co-wrote it with Pegg, the movie stars Pegg and Frost in a film about a group of old high school buddies who embark on an ambitious pub crawl as the apocalypse looms.
"You're Next" premiered at the
The movie has been well-received by critics -- a rarity for a horror film. The picture, which does not star any well-known actors, is about a group of masked murderers who invade a family reunion wielding axes.