New Movies In Theaters Dec 7th - Rotten Tomatoes
There's only one new film in very wide release (2700 theaters) this week, and it's yet another god-awful Gerard Butler movie. This one is still on pace for the Full Benigni (aka 0% positive reviews). Butler is now churning out bad movies at an almost incalculable rate, like some kind of Scottish Tyler Perry! And what ambitious variety in the acting roles he has assumed! Playing for Keeps (PG-13) is "a romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together," so different from his last movie, which was about a down-on-his luck former surfing star.
Since he did 300 about five years ago, Gerard has made six films with fewer than 30% positive notices: Machine Gun Preacher (29%), The Bounty Hunter (13%), P.S. I Love You (23%), The Ugly Truth (13%), Gamer (29%) and Law Abiding Citizen (25%). In contrast, Edward Norton has never been in a single film below 30% in his 16 years of film acting.
Why does this happen? Beats me. It's not like Gerard is Ashton Kutcher. I mean you can understand why Kutcher is always making bad movies because ... well, because having Ashton in a movie almost makes it bad ipso facto. But Butler is a talented man. What's his excuse?
Anyway, this thing may sneak in somewhere between 1st place and 6th with a total in the high single figures. I specified such a wide range because the top five returning films will be nearly tied, with each of them expected to be in the high single figures. Therefore, Playing for Keeps, which should come in between $7M and $10M, could be anywhere from first to last in that group.