Weak Weekend Predicted -- Especially For Strong
Box office analysts say that Country Strong, which opens wide this weekend, is not -- strong, that is. But then, neither is Season of the Witch , which also debuts this weekend. In fact, some analysts are forecasting that True Grit may rise to the top spot in its third weekend, edging out Little Fockers , which has reigned as No. 1 for the past two weeks. ( True Grit has been leading Fockers at the box office since Sunday.) In any case, they say, no movie is likely to earn more than $15 million, and each of the four top films will probably wind up with a few million dollars less than that. Indeed, they say, Country Strong will be lucky to earn $10 million. That amount would not be regarded as a significant blow to Sony's Screen Gems, which is releasing it. The film, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow as a fallen country-music singer hoping to make a comeback, was reportedly produced for just $12.5 million.