telecast airing on Sunday, Hollywood is preparing for the biggest weekend of the year. There won't be as much to celebrate at the box office, however, as two new films are expected to have lackluster debuts.
The only other new movie hitting theaters this weekend, the sci-fi horror flick
Instead of heading to the movies this weekend, millions of Americans will be camped out in front of their television sets Sunday to see how "Family Guy" creator
While "Snitch" doesn't seem destined for awards glory next year, the movie has earned decent reviews for an action film. On Thursday, the picture had notched a 61% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "Dark Skies," meanwhile, was not screened in advance of its opening for critics -- typically a sign that the studio fears it will be disliked by reviewers.
In "Snitch," Johnson stars as a father who agrees to work as an undercover informant for the government in an effort to save his teenage son from jail time. The movie, which has been marketed primarily to young males, is so far generating interest from both black and Latino moviegoers. Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the film for around $5 million.
Johnson, 40, has become a legitimate box office draw in recent years. With the exception of 2010's
As for "Dark Skies," the scary movie was directed by
Weinstein Co.'s Dimension Films label acquired the picture from Blum's Blumhouse Prods. and is receiving a fee to distribute it, though the independent studio is paying to market the film.