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: Sony / Screen Gems
: December 22nd, 2010 (limited)
: January 7th, 2011 (expands wide)
for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content.
: Original Screenplay
, Music Industry
, Addiction, Comeback, and more
: Shana Feste
: Gwyneth Paltrow
, Tim McGraw
, Garrett Hedlund
, and Leighton Meester
: $15 million
Box Office Potential
: $25 million
Writer / director Shana Feste's sophomore effort. Her first film was The Greatest, which didn't live up to its name, either with critics or at the box office. In fact, Country Strong opened with more despite playing in just a quarter as many theaters. That said, I'm still not 100% convinced it will expand truly wide. Its per theater average was about the same as I Love You, Phillip Morris or All Good Things, and neither of those film were able to expand wide. Also, those other two earned better reviews than Country Strong is currently earning.
Should the film do well during its second weekend in limited release, it could expand wide and become a solid mid-level hit, especially when compared to its production budget. On the other hand, if it collapses during its sophomore stint, it might be hard to convince any theater owners to give it a try. Somewhere in the middle is the most likely scenario and the film should at least match its production budget.