Opening Films – Friday, August 31

Previews of the films opening this weekend in theaters!

“Lawless” (R)

Lawless is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel “The Wettest County in the World”, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave.

“The Possession” (PG-13)

Based on a true story, The Possession is the terrifying account of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

Tops at the Box Office

1. “The Expendables 2″ – $13.4 million

2. “The Bourne Legacy” – $9.3 million

3. “ParaNorman” – $8.6 million

4. “The Campaign” – $7.5 million

5. “The Dark Knight Rises” – $7.2 million

6. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” – $7.1 million

7. “2016: Obama’s America” – $6.5 million

8. “Premium Rush” – $6 million

9. “Hope Springs” – $5.7 million

10. “Hit & Run” – $4.5 million

 

Opening Films – August 10

New Movies Opening Friday

 

“The Campaign” (R)

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy.

 

 

“The Bourne Legacy” (PG-13)

The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.

 

 

“Hope Springs” (PG-13)

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

Tops at the Box Office

A look at the box office receipts from last week:

1. “The Dark knight Rises” – $35.7 million

2. “Total Recall” – $25.6 million

3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” – $14.6 million

4. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” – $8.6 million

5. “The Watch” – $6.5 million

6. “Step Up Revolution” – $5.9 million

7. “Ted” – $5.6 million

8. “The Amazing Spider-Man” – $4.4 million

9. “Brave” – $3 million

10. “Magic Mike” – $1.4 million