This weekend marks the official start of the fall box-office season, and it could hardly be less auspicious. The only film to open wide is Lionsgate's Bangkok Dangerous, starring Nicolas Cage, which was not screened for critics. The studio itself, apparently, does not have high expectations for it and reportedly has cut its marketing budget for it. Box-office forecasters are predicting that it will take in about $10 million in its debut, about what they're forecasting for the fourth week of Tropic Thunder , which has held the top-spot since its debut. The weekend after Labor Day is considered one of the slowest weekends of the year by studio executives -- who plan accordingly. Opening in limited release (96 theaters) this weekend is the movie Everybody Wants to Be Italian , which reviewers promptly covered in cement and drowned. Jeannette Catsoulis writes in the New York Times "Assuming the title was ever correct, it won't be by the time you exit the theater."  

05/09/2008