By Marty Doskins
1. Kill Bill Volume One
Audiences have waited quite a long time for
a new Quentin Tarantino movie. It’s been 6 years since 1997’s Jackie
Brown in fact, which wasn’t actually his story. Let’s go back three
more years to 1994’s Pulp Fiction. Tarantino has really gone all out
with this one. We have the witty and original dialogue plus there are
some intense action scenes with wirework involved. The marketing
hasn’t really focused on the fact that this is just part one of the
Kill Bill story. The second half is to be released early next year. I
don’t think that’s going to hurt box office number one bit. I think
this is going to end up at number 1 for the month.
2. Out of Time
Moviegoer favorite Denzel Washington treats us to
another movie this month. He plays a police chief that is being set up
for a crime he didn’t commit. But will he be able to prove it? My
guess is that he will, but don’t quote me on that. There’s been a huge
marketing blitz with this one. Quick action edits and intense acting
in the commercials should add up to big dollars at the box office.
3. Intolerable Cruelty
George Clooney is one of those TV actors that
have made a very successful transition from our living rooms to
theaters. In this movie he plays a womanizing divorce lawyer who finds
himself enamored with a revenge-seeking gold digger (Catherine
Zeta-Jones). Along with Clooney and Zeta-Jones, there’s been an
impressive cast brought together for this film, including Geoffrey
Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cedric the Entertainer just to name a
few. The movie’s being released in a packed weekend, but should pull
out a second place finish for October 10th.
4. The School of Rock
Jack Black is back. Here’s another actor
that’s starting to grow on moviegoers. He’s been in well over 30
movies, but he’s just now becoming a recognizable name in casts.
They’ve put together some funny lines for the commercials (“No, it
means I was drunk *yesterday*.”) I think the advertising should
translate to a fairly decent opening weekend for this film.
5. The Runaway Jury
Another John Grisham book comes to life on the
silver screen. Movies made from his books have done fairly well
historically due to the large fan base that Grisham has built up. I
don’t see anything special having to be done marketing-wise to get this
film near the top of the list for this month.
I really don’t know what to think about this one.
The trailer has been in theaters for quite a long time and there’s been
some sporadic stuff on TV. It’s one of those feel-good films, but is
Cuba Gooding, Jr. believable in his role? I really don’t think so.
7. Scary Movie 3
The first two films in this series did pretty well
($42.35 million and $20.5 million, respectively). I think we should
see that same size drop off for the third installment. Nowhere near
the market push that it could’ve used should keep it from the top of
the charts for the month. And get it to your local video store all
that much sooner.
8. The House of the Dead
Horror fans unite! Zombie fans unite!
It’s your month and we have another spooky offering during this time of
Halloween. Not a big surprise there. The target audience should come
out in full force the first weekend, but after that, it’s “bye-bye”.
9. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
After 19 years to the month, a studio is
releasing a remake of the classic horror film. How much updating can
be done to this movie? We all still bleed the same, we all still
scream the same, and we all still run when a chainsaw-wielding psycho
is after us the same. The film should get some diehard horror fans out
the first week, but I think this one’s going to get lost in the
10. Good Boy!
Here’s a film trying to pretend that it’s a sequel to
the popular Cats and Dogs. In fact, I thought that’s what it was when
I first saw the commercials. This really looks like something the
studio threw together really quick. I don’t think it’ll do very well
at all, but it should still sneak into the top 10.
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