'Drive Angry' in race with 'Hall Pass' at weekend box office
Thursday 24 February 2011
With the Academy Awards scheduled for this Sunday, February 27, attention is focused on Oscar contenders. For new films releasing this weekend, it is a race between the 3D action picture
Drive Angry starring Nicolas Cage (
The Sorcerer's Apprentice) and the comedy
Hall Pass with Owen Wilson (
Marley & Me).
Drive Angry follows Cage's character as he seeks revenge on the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter. Director Patrick Lussier made $21.2 million on opening his last 3D film, My Bloody Valentine, and hopes to better this figure.
Cage has experienced a weak box office lately, but this film marks a return to a genre that appeals to a male audience that includes fans of the successful Fast and Furious franchise, which collected $70 million in 2009.
Hall Pass, directed by the Farrelly brothers ( There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber) is about a couple of men whose wives give them a week off from marriage but the extramarital activities get out of hand.
The directors' last hit, Shallow Hal, took in $22 million for its opening weekend a decade ago, but recent releases have not done as well. This film could perform well, given that Vince Vaughn's The Dilemma, about another couple of guys dealing with marriage problems, opened with $17.8 million.
The other competition in theaters are holdovers from last weekend, including the thriller Unknown starring Liam Neeson, which took first in the US, and the animated kids' comedy Gnomeo & Juliet, which was popular during the school break week.
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