Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Last weekend’s box office was the weakest of the summer yet, and unless you have a deep affinity for creepy dolls, this looks like a weekend to catch up on your TV as well.
It’s hard to believe (partly because September is still brutally hot everywhere), but summer has ended. Movie-wise, this was one of the most disappointing summers I can recall. Lots of big disappointments and maybe the biggest one ended up being the highest-grossing film of the summer. Iron Man 3 was the summer’s only worldwide $1 billion film and that and Monsters University can help Disney off-set the financial disaster that was The Lone Ranger. My favorite films of the summer were Now You See Me, Elysium, Despicable Me 2 and The World’s End. Kudos for everyone who made the first such a word-of-mouth hit that another installment is forthcoming. Here are the top ten earners at the summer box office (worldwide gross in parentheses), and let’s hope for a fall like the one we had last year. Of the top 10, I have seen 8 (I’ll probably eventually see The Heat, but you’d have to put a gun to my head to get me to sit through a regular Great Gatsby adaptation, let alone a Baz Lurhman adaptation).