Box Office Preview: Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana's 'The Words' Headed for Quiet Weekend

Jonathan Wenk
"The Words"

Lionsgate holdover "The Possession" is likely to stay at No. 1 in its second weekend despite plenty of new star power on the marquee.

TORONTO -- Postsummer blues are likely to grip the domestic box office this weekend as the Bradley Cooper-Zoe Saldana drama The Words opens alongside Summit Entertainment's Henry Cavill action pic In the Cold Light of Day.

Lionsgate's horror pic The Possession has a strong shot at beating both to hold at No. 1 in its second weekend. The film grossed $21.1 million over Labor Day weekend and has a cume of $23.1 million through Wednesday.

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The Words is tracking to gross in the $6 million to $7 million range. CBS Films acquired domestic rights to the film for $2 million at the Sundance Film Festival in January and expects it to play heavily to older females, possibly portending solid legs.

In the movie, Cooper plays a writer who pays the price for stealing someone else's work. Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal make their feature directorial debut with The Words, which also stars Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons, Ben Barnes and Dennis Quaid.

Cold Light of Day might only reach $2 million in its debut. Summit and co-financing partner Intrepid Pictures had limited financial exposure on the film, between Spanish production rebates and foreign presales.

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Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri, Cold Light of Day follows a man whose family is kidnapped by intelligence agents during a weeklong sailing vacation in Spain. The agents are hellbent on recovering a mysterious briefcase, and the husband and father soon finds himself on the run.

Cold Light of Day, also starring Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Echegui and Bruce Willis, cost in the $20 million to $30 million range. Intrepid's Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans produced.

Cooper and Willis also have high-profile films playing at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, which got underway Thursday night with the world premiere of Rian Johnson's Looper, starring Willis opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Cooper stars in two films playing at the festival during the next week: Silver Linings Playbook and The Place Beyond the Pines.