BULLSEYE, August 19: 'Conan,' 'One Day,' 'Fright Night,' 'Spy Kids,' More
Which movies are audiences actually going to see this weekend?
This week's crop of new films looks a lot like a swingers party: not a lot of commitment on display.
Lionsgate's Conan the Barbarian redux and DreamWorks' Fright Night remake are the big openers opposite Focus Features' romantic drama One Day and Dimension's kids adventure Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. But not one of them has anything more than limp interest heading into release.
Fright Night is in the best shape, and the movie thus far has good buzz, but it's still looking to land in the mid-teens, tops. Conan has the most activity, but it's way out on the males-only fringe, which has turned out not to be a good omen for other films this summer. It may come in above Fright Night, but DreamWorks' holdover The Help is likely to out-gross both of them.
FilmDistrict's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Stage 6 Films' Colombiana and The Weintstein Co.'s Our Idiot Brother are all scheduled for an Aug. 26 release.
Take a look at Pam McClintock's box office preview for more analysis.