There will be a tense standoff between two hostage movies at the box office this weekend, as "Taken 2" and "Argo" battle for No. 1.
After a spectacular $49.5-million debut last weekend, the
Four other new films will be hitting theaters Friday, with the horror flick
Playing in at least 1,000 fewer locations than other newcomers, the well-reviewed dark crime comedy
Directed by and starring Affleck, "Argo" is based on the true story of a
Critically beloved, "Argo" has generated good buzz on the fall festival circuit and is already being heralded as an early Oscar contender. The movie, which is so far generating the most interest among older females, was co-financed by distributor
"Sinister," starring Hawke as a crime writer who stumbles across a mysterious box of home movies, has received especially positive response from critics for a horror movie -- though the genre is not typically review-driven. On Thursday, the film had notched a 71% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Summit Entertainment acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the $3-million picture last year. The movie is directed by
With "Here Comes the Boom," James is trying to further his reputation as a comedic leading man. While he had a surprise hit in 2009's "
In "Boom," James stars as a biology teacher who becomes a mixed martial arts fighter to help raise money for his financially strapped school. The movie was financed by
The movie was written and directed by Martin McDonagh, best known for 2008's