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For the first time in more than a decade, the Farrelly brothers could claim the top spot at the box office.
“Hall Pass,” the scorching latest festival from the team of writer-directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, will likely have a debut of around $ 20 million, according to people who saw audience polls ahead of release.
The other novelty of the weekend, the 3D action film “Drive Angry”, starring Nicolas Cage, is expected to be far behind at around $ 10 million.
“Hall Pass,” which stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudekis as two friends whose wives allow them to sleep for a week, cost New Line Cinema around $ 36 million to produce, meaning the film should be fine. start this weekend. As with most of the Farrelly brothers’ films, polls indicate that it attracts more interest among men than women.
“Hall Pass” follows a series of disappointing releases from the filmmaker’s siblings: “The Heartbreak Kid”, “Fever Pitch” and “Stuck on You” all open for less than $ 15 million. Eleven years ago, their comedy “Me, Myself and Irene” debuted at No. 1 with $ 24.2 million, but the directors have yet to duplicate the hit blockbuster earlier offerings like their 1998 hit “There’s Something About Mary”, which grossed $ 176.5 million. on a national level.
“Drive Angry”, meanwhile, risks losing a lot of money if the projections are correct. The film, which is distributed by Summit Entertainment, was produced and funded by Avi Lerner’s Nu Image Films for between $ 45 million and $ 50 million.
The film, which is primarily aimed at older men, features Cage as a man coming out of hell to avenge his daughter’s death.
Like the Farrellys, Cage could use a box office hit. The most recent film he starred in, January’s poorly reviewed January Season of the Witch failed to resonate with American audiences, grossing $ 24.5 million. Last summer, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” an adventure film that cost Disney around $ 150 million to produce, raised only $ 63.1 million in the United States, although it s ‘was better off abroad with $ 152.1 million in ticket sales.
While “Hall Pass” and “Drive Angry” are the only two new films to open widely this weekend, they will still have to compete for the attention of moviegoers with the Oscars broadcast on Sunday.
This Oscar weekend didn’t present a serious challenge to “Alice in Wonderland” last year, when the film topped the box office with a whopping $ 116.1 million.
The Oscar producers tapped actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco to host the telecast this year in an effort to attract a younger audience. But there is a group of young people who will likely be out of reach this weekend: the Beliebers. Starting Friday, Paramount Insurge is releasing a new director’s take on the 3D documentary “Never Say Never”, about Justin Bieber. The move is an attempt to capitalize on the interest of young fans of the pop star, as concert films traditionally don’t have a long shelf life, and a quick re-release is one way to keep the momentum going.
So far, the film has grossed over $ 50 million. Paramount is keeping the new version on 3D screens for only a week, which means people with Bieber Fever will only have a limited amount of time to fuel their obsession.
Photos (from top): Jason Sudekis and Owen Wilson star in “Hall Pass”. Credit: Warner Bros. Nicolas Cage plays in “Drive Angry”. Credit: Summit Entertainment.