A Bloody Weekend At Box Office
Two violent and intense thrillers, Blood Diamond and Apocalypto, will be contending against the romantic comedy The Holiday and the family film Unaccompanied Minors for box-office supremacy over the weekend, and analysts are predicting a tight finish. Daily Variety writer Ian Mohr commented today (Friday) that "the biggest wild card" is Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, which was produced before Gibson's arrest and anti-Semitic rant. "The big question is whether the [director's] off-set antics will turn off his fan base," Mohr wrote. Meanwhile, Nicole Sperling in the Hollywood Reporter predicted that the movie -- and Blood Diamond as well -- may lose female viewers because of the level of violence in the two films. Sperling quoted unnamed insiders as saying that Holiday could come out ahead if only because -- for female moviegoers in particular -- it provides "an alternative to the blood and guts of Blood Diamond and Apocalypto.