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Box Office Preview - Sept 3 - 'Machete,' 'The American' and 'Going the Distance' attack

Bursting into theaters this week ... Going the Distance


The American

The Tillman Story (Limited)

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Finally, there's a movie about long distance relationships that acknowledges the personal nature of texting, sharing Youtube videos, and even (disastrous) phone sex. And that movie is Going the Distance, a new comedy from the director of the documentary American Teen, Nanette Burstein. A movie equally for the guys and dolls, it has a big shot at stealing the #1 spot from Takers. That is, if the Last Exorcism hasn't received enough word of mouth to go any spot beyond #2.

In 2007, a little movie called Grindhouse was released into theaters, and was sent to the #4 spot on the box office. Three years later, a full length feature has been made from a preview in Grindhouse, and it's not likely that this one will do any better. As much as this movie may possibly kick a**, the semi-low number of screens (2,670) has me thinking this will be received just like Robert Rodriguez's other Grindhouse movie, Planet Terror, if not even worse.

On Wednesday, George Clooney (swoon) returned to the silver screen with The American, an artsy thriller that has a familiar face pulling in a mainstream audience, but is apparently a slow movie (according to Jeff Bayer's review). While this film may have an audience, more "adult" movies are not well known for their immediate box office pulls. You simply will not have more mature folk scrambling to buy tickets to The American the same way that fanboys/girls will be lining up to see Machete.

So, what will hold on at the box office? Will there be a new champion this week? We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, you can play below.

Each week we’ll take a look at the box office and see if we can’t nail the Top 5 films (in correct order).

It’s harder than you think. If you don’t believe, let’s see what your answers are.

My prediction for the weekend of Sept 3 - 5 ...

1. Going the Distance

2. Takers

3. The Last Exorcism

4. The American

5. Machete

So what are your Top 5 at the box office this weekend?


The American