Will anyone actually go to the movies this weekend? Don’t be surprised if multiplexes feel a bit empty, especially since Halloween falls this year on a Friday night. Perhaps that’s why Disney has opted to open its new animated release, ”Brother Bear,” on Saturday.
Still, some fans will still be in the mood for frights of the cinematic variety, so last week’s No. 1 film, ”Scary Movie 3,” should hold on to the top spot, even though it’ll probably slip 50 percent from its $48.1 million debut to about $24 million.
”Brother Bear,” meanwhile, stands to claim the runner-up position. Though it doesn’t have the audience awareness (or interest level) of ”Finding Nemo,” the Disney name should automatically bring some families in. ”Brother Bear”’s two-day gross will likely be in the $11 million range.
The feel-good drama ”Radio,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris, will see a small decline of around 35 percent to $9 million, while ”The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” should drop 50 percent to $7 million, followed by either ”Runaway Jury” or ”Mystic River,” both of which will gross another $5 million.
Expanding to around 800 theaters, meanwhile, is Meg Ryan’s sexually charged thriller ”In the Cut,” whose mixed reviews will only lead to about a $4 million weekend, placing it outside the top five. And if it’s crowded movie theaters you’re after, just wait until Wednesday, when ”The Matrix Revolutions” comes out.