Atlas Shrugged Part 2, Kevin James Bomb at the North American box office
Atlas Shrugged Part 2, based on Ayn Rand's renowned / derided novel, and the Frank Coraci-directed Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom are about to become the weekend's box office bombs. (Photo: Samantha Mathis Atlas Shrugged Part 2.)
Swept away to fifth place, Here Comes the Boom is expected to gross approximately $12 million over the weekend after bringing in an estimated $3-4 million on Friday at 3,014 theaters, as per early, rough box office estimates found at Deadline.com. (Official Friday estimates come out Saturday morning.) For comparison's sake: The Dilemma, Kevin James' most recent box office bomb, opened with $17.8m.
By Sunday evening, the eagerly anticipated – by the red-white-and-blue far-right crowd – Atlas Shrugged Part 2 should collect a disastrous $2-2.5 million at 1,012 locations after taking in an equally disastrous $650-850,000 on Friday.
Atlas Shrugged Part 2, a sequel to the box-office bomb Atlas Shrugged Part 1, cost a reported $20m. Much like its predecessor, the Atlas Shrugged follow-up will find zero interest overseas. The cast includes Samantha Mathis (replacing Part 1's Taylor Schilling, who has moved on to bigger and better things), Jason Beghe, and Esai Morales. Actor-turned-director John Putch handled the proceedings.
Box office: Sinister, Seven Psychopaths open modestly
And here are a couple of other new releases: At 2,527 North American locations, Summit Entertainment's horror flick Sinister, directed by Scott Derrickson and featuring Ethan Hawke, scored an estimated $5-6 million on Friday, including $1 million from late-night Thursday and Friday midnight screenings.
By Sunday evening, Sinister should rake in at most $15m. If so, its opening-weekend box office take will turn out to be quite a bit below the high teens some had been expecting. And even if it reaches the high-end of expectations, Sinister will likely still trail Hotel Transylvania's expected $16 million at no. 3 (behind Taken 2 and Argo). [See also: "Weekend Box Office: Argo or Taken 2 on Top?."]
Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths will also open more modestly than some had expected, with only $3-4.5 million at 1,480 locations over the weekend, after collecting $1-1.5 million on Friday. That's a disappointing opening for the $15 million action comedy, which has garnered mostly enthusiastic reviews. The Seven Psychopaths cast includes Colin Farrell (who hasn't had much luck at the North American box office of late, e.g., Total Recall), Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, and Abbie Cornish.
Samantha Mathis Atlas Shrugged Part 2 picture: Atlas Distribution.
Note: This post initially had Here Comes the Boom listed as Here Comes the Broom. A better title, but the wrong one.