Bradley Cooper / Henry Cavill box office misfires: The Words, The Cold Light of Day
Bradley Cooper and Henry Cavill are both good-looking men associated with blockbusters: Cooper has The Hangover movies; Cavill is the star of blockbuster-to-be Man of Steel. The Words, starring Cooper and Zoe Saldana (the leading lady in another blockbuster, James Cameron's Avatar), and The Cold Light of Day, starring Cavill, may already be called "career missteps" – much like Cooper's other mid-2012 box office bomb, Hit and Run. (Image: Bradley Cooper The Words.)
The Words possibly to top one of the worst weekends of the last decade
The Words may or may not lead the first "official" fall movie-season weekend. Either way, not a single movie is expected to gross more than $10 million between Sept. 7-9, which should be 2012's worst weekend at the North American box office – and, if inflation is taken into account, one of the worst of the last decade or so as well.
At 2,801 theaters, The Words will be fighting it out with last weekend's no. 1 hit, Lionsgate's horror flick The Possession. Both are expected to rake in anywhere between $6-7 million by Sunday evening. (The Words' Friday take: $1.8-2.5 million.)
CBS Films reportedly acquired The Words for $2 million at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, the dark romantic drama cost a reported $6 million. Also in the cast: Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons, Ben Barnes and Dennis Quaid.
Henry Cavill's The Cold Light of Day to collect less than $5m
At 1,511 locations, Henry Cavill's Spanish-set (and mostly Spanish-made) The Cold Light of Day, which also features Bruce Willis, Veronica Echegui, and Sigourney Weaver, is expected to gross a measly $2-3.5 million, after debuting on Friday with $700,000-$1 million. The $25 million Mabrouk El Mechri-directed thriller has to date earned $13.1 million internationally, according to Box Office Mojo.
Raiders of the Lost Ark IMAX screenings
Also worth noting is that this weekend 267 IMAX venues are showing the George Lucas-produced, Steven Spielberg-directed 1981 Best Picture nominee Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen. On September 18, "Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection" will be out on Blu-ray.