The Road. (2009, 119 minutes, R, drama/thriller) I have heard this story (by Cormac McCarthy, author of No Country for Old Men) and film are both beyond bleak. I wonder if that is part of the reason it took so long to come out? I believe this was originally slated for release last year, but kept getting pushed back and pushed back again. It is finally here, albeit in somewhat limited form. It tells the story of a father and son who try to keep the hope of civilization alive as they walk the road in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Garrett Dillahunt, and Charlize Theron star for director John Hillcoat (The Proposition).
Also opening this week, but not near me:
- Me and Orson Welles
- The Princess and the Frog
- The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Box Office Predictions
New Moon dominated its debut weekend on its way to one of the biggest of all time and there is little doubt it will handily win its second weekend, possibly bolstered by the holiday weekend and repeat viewings from the hardcore fans. Second will undoubtedly go to Old Dogs, the Williams/Travolta buddy comedy. The rest will likely be bunched up around the middle. If there is one film I would like to see do well this weekend it's The Road. The post-apocalyptic thriller is not likely to crack the top ten, but I am really looking forward to it and would like to see it succeed (if only based on my hopes).
Here is how I think it could play out for the 3-day weekend.
|1||The Twilight Saga: New Moon||$51 million|
|2||Old Dogs||$32 million|
|3||The Blindside||$21 million|
|5||Ninja Assassin||$12.5 million|
|7||A Christmas Carol 3D||$10 million|
|8||Fantastic Mr. Fox||$9.5 million|
|9||Planet 51||$8 million|
|10||The Men Who Stare At Goats||$2 million|