In Hollywood fall marks the start of the award season films; the ones that are going to top the Best Of lists at the end of the year and battle for Oscar gold the beginning of next year. However, it’s safe to say most the movies in this weekend’s top ten at the box office won’t be in either discussion.
With a total domestic gross barely adding up to $70 million, it is easily the worst opening weekend of the year, down 13% from last year.
And who can blame ya. There wasn’t really that much to be excited about.
The Bradley Cooper drama “The Words” was the lone major release and only made $4.9 million to land in the #3 spot. That allowed holdovers “Lawless,” the prohibition-era thriller starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, to come in at #2 with $5.8 million and horror “The Possession” stayed at #1 for a second straight weekend, but only with a $9.8 million gross (and a horrid 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes).
The only bright spot was that iTunes hit “Bachelorette,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Rebel Wilson, finally hit theaters. Which leads us to our look at the week as we break down Cooper and Dunst to see who had the bigger star power and gets the crown of WWTW.
Bradley Cooper – “The Words”
It’s likely “The Words” will just be a blip on Cooper’s filmography when everything is said and done. The megastar hardly was out this week to push the film, concentrating more on his two films at the Toronto International Film Festival — “The Place Beyond the Pines,” which has Cooper playing opposite Ryan Gosling (yes, you read that right) and “Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by “The Fighter” director David O. Russell and co-starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. Sounds like both films will be strong award season contenders.
So it’s onward and upwards for Cooper.
Kirsten Dunst – “Bachlorette”
For Dunst, on the other hand, “Bachlorette” is a continued reinvention for the star who has been in front of the screen most of her life. Following a few bad film choices and a stint in rehab following her final installment of her “Spider-Man” franchise with Tobey Maguire, Dunst has recently been on a string of modest hits that has made her once more a hot commodity.
The cocaine-fueled girls-night-out comedy Bachlorette has already become a big hit on VOD and streaming, including hitting #1 on iTunes, and now out in theaters the film has a lot of momentum behind it.
Dunst has reaped the rewards, getting strong reviews and making the rounds on the late night shows. She will next star opposite Kristen Stewart in the anticipated adaptation of beat novel “On The Road” and coming soon will team again with her friend, director Sophia Coppola.
Welcome back Kirsten!
And the winner is…
Both of these marquee names have a lot of exciting projects on the horizon, but this is Who Won The Week and for this week we have to give the edge to Dunst. She’s fantastic in “Bachelorette” and has really redefined her career with this film and her Best Actress at Cannes win for “Melancholia” last year.
Can’t wait to see more for the wiser Dunst.