Box Office: 'Walk in the Woods' Takes Brisk Stroll Wednesday With $1.2M
Robert Redford stars opposite Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson in the adult-skewing Labor Day entry.
Robert Redford's adventure dramedy A Walk in the Woods took a brisk stroll at the Wednesday box office, opening to $1.2 million from 1,849 theaters.
The adult-skewing dramedy — one of the first releases from Broad Green Pictures — decided to open midweek to get a jump on the competition and is expected to open to $8 million or more over the course of its six-day debut. By Friday, it will be playing in 1,960 locations.
Directed by Ken Kwapis, Walk in the Woods co-stars Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson and is based on travel writer Bill Bryson's book about hiking the Appalachian Trail with a friend. Broad Green acquired the film out of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It later pacted with AARP for a screening program, in addition to partnering with outdoor retailer REI.
The final weekend of summer is never a busy time at the box office, but this year could be worse than usual in terms of overall revenue. The good news: Thanks in large measure to Universal and Disney, domestic revenue from May 1-Sept. 7 is expected to clear $4.4 billion, one of the best showings of all time and up more than 7 percent over summer 2014. Attendance is also up.
The holiday's other new entry is EuropaCorp's The Transporter Refueled, the fourth outing in the action franchise and the first not to feature Jason Statham in the lead role. Instead, Ed Skrein stars as Frank Martin. The film, which begins rolling out Thursday night, is going out through RED, the joint distribution venture between EuropaCorp and embattled Relativity Media (RED is not part of the Relativity bankruptcy proceedings).
Opening in roughly 3,400 theaters, Transporter Refueled is getting the second-widest release of all time for a Labor Day title after the Halloween remake, which went out in 3,472 locations in 2012, debuting to $30.6 million, the best showing of all time for the holiday. Refueled, costing $22 million to make, is expected to do substantially less business, or somewhere in the $10 million range for the four days. That could put it behind holdovers Straight Outta Compton and War Room.
Transporter Refueled, the first in a planned trio, has big ambitions overseas, where it is opening in 27 markets this weekend. The first three films were a popular staple overseas.
Chris Evans' directorial debut, Before We Go, opens in select theaters at the specialty box office after premiering first on VOD. Evans stars opposite Alice Eve in the romantic drama, from Radius-TWC.