Three movies opening this week try their luck against current top dog Hunger Games, dominating for three weekends in a row, with one real contender. First up, Fox's Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed comedy The Three Stooges should arouse enough curiosity from fans of the classics and new viewers to go close with the Jennifer Lawrence starrer, now in its fourth weekend trial.
Starring in Stooges, which opens in around 3,400 theaters, are Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch, Larry David, Jennifer Hudson, Sofia Vergara, Craig Bierko, Lun Shaye and Stephen Collins.
The Three Stooges Synopsis:
Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe, Larry and Curly grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Now, out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot…while stumbling into starring roles in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.
Lionsgate's horror flick The Cabin in the Woods should scare up decent coin for those keen on Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and Joss Whedon's (Firefly, Serenity, upcoming The Avengers) project. Pic opens in 2,600 theaters, and includes Thor leading man Chris Hemsworth, as well as Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.
The Cabin in the Woods Synopsis:
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.
If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.
Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.
The last of the three wide openers, Lockout, from Open Road Films's sci-fi actioner Lockout, frontlined by GGuy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, Bojan Peric, Jacki Ido and Tim Plester.
Film produced by FilmDistrict and EuropaCorp, is scripted by Luc Besson, James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, with the latter two behind the wheel. Movie looks quite entertaining, but shouldn't contend for the first two spots with a release into over 2,300 theaters.
Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex- government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.
Expanding to a moderate theater count of over 650 venues after its limited release run which started March 23rd, Sony Pictures Classics' The Raid: Redemption, looks to add to its current domestic gross of $1.28 million.
Starring in the foreign film helmed-and-scripted by Gareth Huw Evans, are Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian and Ray Sahetapy.
Anchor Bay Films' football drama Touchback tries to win some football fans, adding Kurt Russell in the mix with a cast including Brian Presley, Melanie Lynskey, Marc Blucas and Christine Lahti.
Don Handfield directs the PG-13 rated film.
Former high school football star turned farmer and family man, Scott Murphy (Brian Presley) finds himself with a unique opportunity to revisit his glory days during the state championship game where he permanently injured his knee in a game-winning play. Given a second shot at his destiny, Scott seeks counsel from Coach Hand (Kurt Russell), Scott's longtime mentor.
Finally, Codeblack Entertainment opens their drama Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, starring Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal, Nicole Beharie, Pam Grier, Reed R. McCants and Jacqueline Fleming.
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day Synopsis:
Pastor, Entrepreneur and Filmmaker, T.D. Jakes proudly presents the second installment in his thought-provoking Woman Thou Art Loosed! film franchise.
Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On The 7th Day is a compelling story that unites love, suspense and faith into one heart-wrenching package.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Neema Barnette (Civil Brand), Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day underscores the impact of secrets, lies and deception on the lives of the featured characters.
David (Underwood) and Kari (Leal) Ames seem to have the perfect life until their young daughter is kidnapped, and over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that threaten to rip their marriage and lives apart.
Check back later this week for the weekend box office preview and confirmed theater counts.