: Click to Play
: December 23rd, 2011
for language and some thematic elements.
: Based on Real Life Events
: Animal Leads, Dysfunctional Family, Romance, Mid-Life Crisis, and more
: Cameron Crowe
: Matt Damon
, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Thomas Haden Church
, Scarlett Johansson
, Elle Fanning
, and others
: $50 million
Box Office Potential
: $75 million
In the movie, Matt Damon stars as a single dad to Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones, but he's struggling to connect with his kids. He needs a major change so he quits his job in the city and buys a house in the country. But he doesn't just buy a house, but a fully operating zoo, complete with staff and 47 species of animals. Of course, he has zero experience running a zoo, but he has heart.
Cameron Crowe has been nominated three times for Oscars, winning one of them for Best Original Screenplay. And some people think this film will add to those numbers. The early reviews don't quite match the high level of buzz, but it does have a sort of The Blind Side / The Help feel to it. It's an inspirational story based on real life events, and these tend to play well with voters, even if a certain segment of movie critics will be less impressed.
As for its box office chances, it does have opening day to itself, but it is still a very busy week and reaching the top five might be a challenge.