James Cameron's 'Sanctum' takes on 'The Roommate' at the US box office
Thursday 03 February 2011
This weekend, two thrillers try to lure moviegoers with dangerous underwater caves and a strange college roommate. Neither film offers big star power, but
Sanctum, produced by James Cameron with his 3D magic, could have the edge.
Inspired by a true story, Sanctum dives into unexplored territory with a group of adventurers who encounter a storm that seals off a cave. It is directed by Australian Alister Grierson with a cast of actors also from down under.
This action-packed drama should attract male moviegoers, but on Super Bowl Sunday, the American football championship game will grab the attention on the small screen.
The other film that opens wide on February 6 in North America is The Roommate, which will appeal to females, especially with co-stars Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl and Minka Kelly from (500) Days of Summer.
The story follows a college student who fears for her safety after her new roommate arrives. From Danish director Christian E. Christiansen, the film is getting buzz thanks to news that Kelly is cast in the upcoming reboot of the television show Charlie's Angels.
With last week's US box office winner, horror tale The Rite, collecting just $14.8 million, per Box Office Mojo, this weekend could follow the same pattern with the top film earning around $12 to 15 million for another soft weekend in theaters.
Sanctum opens in North America, the UK, Australia, Russia, and Brazil, rolling out through February in Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong. In Japan, it opens in April.
The Roommate will open in select countries around the world in March and April.
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