'Hot,' 'Women' battle 'Disturbia'
Wide openers “Fracture” and “Vacancy” will find themselves battling for the No. 1 spot at the weekend B.O. with the second frame of “Disturbia.” All three are likely to gross low- to mid-teens on what looks to be a quiet weekend ahead of the summer deluge.Warner Bros. is opening indie romance “In the Land of Women” at 2,155 theaters, but that pic should lag behind somewhat in the single digits. Frame’s wildcard may be Brit buddy comedy parody “Hot Fuzz,” which Focus’ Rogue label is releasing Stateside. Helmer Edgar Wright’s last pic, “Shaun of the Dead,” became a cult favorite, and “Fuzz” has strong buzz online, but it is only opening at 825 playdates. “Hot Fuzz” has taken in $48 million overseas, with $41 million from the U.K. and another $4.5 million from Australia. “Fracture,” which bows at 2,443 theaters, is tracking primarily with adults auds interested in a legal thriller with Anthony Hopkins. But New Line is also hoping that some younger women may come to see star Ryan Gosling. That demo helped turn Gosling’s last pic for the studio, “The Notebook,” into a sleeper hit. “Vacancy” may appeal somewhat to the same horror auds as “Disturbia,” though it will skew older given its R rating. Sony Screen Gems is giving the pic the frame’s widest bow, at 2,551. “Blades of Glory” and “Meet the Robinsons,” which have seen modest declines the past few weekends, will likely be in the mix, along with “Women” and “Fuzz,” behind the top three. In limited release Stateside, Sony Pictures Classics bows French film “The Valet” at six theaters in L.A. and Gotham. Reel unspools “The Tripper,” David Arquette’s directorial debut, at 50 plays. On the foreign front, “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” looks poised to win for the third time in four outings. The Brit laffer hit $130 million as of Wednesday, led by $37 million in the U.K., and should score in France via local distrib Mars along with launches in India and Poland. While “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” which won’t open Stateside until August, has connected with foreign comedy fans in recent weeks, action buffs have continued flocking to Warner Bros.’ “300.” Pic has racked up around $210 million in overseas grosses. Adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel, which has opened in every major market except Japan, should continue to show significant staying power this weekend. With the early May release of “Spider-Man 3″ looming, distribs have opted for a significant expansions this weekend for several titles — “Perfect Stranger” goes into Australia, Mexico and Russia; “The Reaping” launches in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, South Korea and the U.K.; “Shooter” aims at Australia, China, Germany and Italy; “Wild Hogs” motors into Brazil, Italy and Portugal; “Meet the Robinsons” goes to South Korea and Taiwan; and “Disturbia” opens in Argentina and Mexico. Warner’s “Music and Lyrics,” which has racked up $82 million outside the U.S., moves into Spain and Japan this weekend. The romantic comedy grossed about $50 million domestically but has shown better traction in foreign markets.