April 2007 Forecast
By Michael Bentley
April 6, 2007
Yet another dramatic thriller this month is Fracture, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling - the latter certainly hoping to expand on the momentum he had earlier this year with his acclaim and Oscar nomination for his work in Half Nelson. Gosling plays an assistant D.A. and Hopkins is an alleged killer who is released due to some legal technicalities. Determined to still bring the killer down, the attorney gets caught in a dangerous game. Sounds decent, and certainly has a very capable pair of actors, though I wonder whether it will be able to stand out in the crowd of other movies this month.
Opening weekend: $10 million.
There is absolutely nothing original about Redline. It could very well have been called 4 Fast 4 Furious, as the illegal street racing plot bears a striking resemblance to the popular Fast and the Furious saga. Since it's not part of that franchise, though, awareness and desire to see this won't be very high. This will pull in a very young and male-skewing group. Eddie Griffin (who crashed a rare Ferrari during promotions for the film) and Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek) are among the stars.
Opening weekend: $8 million.
10) Hot Fuzz
"From the guys who watched every action movie ever made and created Shaun of the Dead." That's all you needed to tell me; I'm sold. It is from writers Simon Pegg (who also stars) and Edgar Wright (the director), the same creative team behind the aforementioned delicious rom-zom-com cult-classic Shaun of the Dead. Pegg plays a London cop who is forced to transfer to a small town - because he is making his colleagues look bad. It is a town with very little crime - but a ridiculously high rate of "accidents." Or are they? With his new bumbling partner (Nick Frost) he begins to investigate. I'd love to put this higher on the list, as it is by far my most anticipated movie of the next several months, but likely screen counts will hold this back. This is unfortunate because it looks great.
Opening weekend: $7 million.
Just Under the Radar
Richard Gere stars in the real-life story of a man who sold his fake biography of Howard Hughes in the 1970s. A media frenzy ensued until the scam was finally uncovered.
This is another adaption of the real life story of the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who scammed poor widows out of their money and then killed them. The strong cast includes John Travolta (hot off his Wild Hogs), The Sopranos' James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, and Jared Leto.
* Please note that all opening weekend estimates are preliminary and do not account for final screen counts.