The box office is a wee bit slow but that should change once the fall movie releases start hitting. Do not look for that this weekend, however.
With only one new really wide release, audiences can use this as a time to catch up or settle in with some NFL action, which is the most likely scenario. The NFL is the most-viewed show on TV and with and eager fans will show that as the season kicks off. "Riddick" will be no match against that powerhouse.
1. "Riddick" - 3,107 theaters
2. "The Ultimate Life" - 412 theaters
3. "Salinger" - 4 theaters
For "Riddick," it stars Vin Diesel, who is also listed as producer. "The Ultimate Life" is a Christian-themed film and stars Peter Fonda. "Salinger," a documentary feature diving into the life of "Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger. Meanwhile, "Instructions Not Included" adds more theaters (717 theaters) and should continue to impress like it did last weekend.
The summer season is over but the end of the year is not far away. So, award season talk is here. Do not get caught not having seen those films nominated.
Speaking of award season, the Governors Awards were announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today. They will award present Honorary Awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be given to Angelina Jolie.
“The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, in a release. These awards used to be given out in what was a brief part of the Oscar telecast, but now has its own night.
The 5th Annual Governors Awards will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16. It will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, the site of the Oscars. “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements,” added Isaacs.
According to the Academy, the definitions of the awards are: The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”