Itís been said that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In BLACKTHORN, Cassidy survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn't experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.
||October 7th, 2011 (Limited) by Magnolia Pictures|
||December 20th, 2011 by Magnolia Video|
||R for violence and language.|
(Rating bulletin 2187, 8/21/2011)
||One Last Job, Road Trip, Surprise Twist, Revenge, Same Role, Multiple Actors, Fugitive / On the Run, Gangs, Non-Chronological, Intertitle, Voiceover/Narration|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Creative Type:||Historical Fiction|
||Magnolia Pictures, Arcadia Motion Pictures|
Christmas is less than a week away and there are a few releases that would make great last minute gifts. There are also very few releases overall so expect a short list this week. These great last minute gift ideas include Midnight in Paris on DVD or Blu-ray, Dolphin Tale in 3D Combo Pack and Futurama: Volume Six on DVD or Blu-ray. However, for Pick of the Week, I'm going with Warrior on Blu-ray Combo Pack. It's a great movie and there are plenty of extras on the DVD and the Blu-ray includes a Picture-in-Picture track.
Blackthorn missed the Mendoza Line during its opening weekend back in October. It's hard to spin that result in a positive light, but if one were determined to try, they could point out that the entire box office was soft that weekend and the best new limited release only managed a per theater average of less than $4000. So is Blackthorn a good movie that just fell victim to a soft market? Or was it one of the reasons the market was soft.
There were no films that reached the $10,000 mark on this week's per theater chart. The film that came closest was Real Steel with an average of $7,942, which is good for a wide release, but disappointing for the top film on the per theater chart. The best limited release was Munger Road with an average of $5,675 during its second week of release. This is excellent for the genre and bodes well for its home market run. As for the best new limited release, that was Hell and Back Again with just $3,413 in its lone theater. It's hard to put a good spin on that result.
There are quite a few releases on this week's list that are opening with stronger buzz than the average limited release manages. However, none of the higher profile films are earning better than average reviews. Maybe one of them will be able to ride the buzz to a strong opening weekend before word-of-mouth catches up to them, but there's also a chance none of them will attract a sizable audience over the weekend. There are two films earning perfect review at the moment, Hell and Back Again and Flying Monsters 3D, but that might not be enough for either to find an audience, since they are both documentaries.
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