If you've been longing to see
Opening Friday is the low-budget, but highly buzzed about sci-fi thriller, "The Purge," which Times film reporter John Horn noted could gross up to $25 million its opening weekend, quite a debut for a film with only a $3 million budget. It's likely to end up as the weekend's No. 1 movie.
The film, which co-stars
Hawke's other movie is the indie breakout "Before Midnight," which opened in select theaters on May 24. The film, the third in a trilogy with Julie Delpy, received rave reviews. As of last Friday, it had taken in $775,000 and was off to a good start.
This is a common pattern in his work as he drifts between large action movies like "Training Day" (2001), which got him an Academy Award nomination for supporting actor, and smaller, indie films like "The Hottest State" (2006), which went relatively unnoticed. Hawke is also a novelist, having penned the novel "The Hottest State" before it was made into a film.
But maybe this is his objective, as he told a Times reporter in 2010, "I enjoy changing the worlds that I'm in."
And they are different worlds: "The Purge" is a thriller set in a futuristic United States; "Before Midnight" is set in Greece and is a romantic drama. Both could be a turning point of sequential successes for the actor.
"Before Midnight" is the third in an indie series whose other movies include "Before Sunrise"(1995) and "Before Sunset" (2004).
In the series, Hawke plays Jesse, who has now settled down with his partner, Céline (Delpy). Céline first met Jesse on a train to Vienna in "Sunrise," and they were reunited nine years later in Paris for "Sunset." "Before Midnight" takes place nine years later (again) and viewers see a domestic side of the couple, who now have twin daughters.
In its opening weekend, "Before Midnight" grossed around $247,000, which is consistent with its predecessor "Before Sunset," which grossed $219,425 its opening weekend, and more than $5 million total.