Zac Efron’s ‘That Awkward Moment’ expected to tip ‘Ride Along’

January 31, 2014 - box office

Written and destined by first-timer Tom Gormican, a raunchy “That Awkward Moment,” from Focus Features, is approaching to sum $12 million or some-more in sheet sales by Sunday in a U.S. and Canada, that would be a plain outcome for a film that cost only $8 million to produce. 

“That Awkward Moment,” about a contingent of guys perplexing to figure out their adore lives, stars Miles Teller and “Fruitvale Station’s” Michael B. Jordan alongside “High School Musical” alumnus Efron.

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A male-centered spin on a regretful comedy genre, “That Awkward Moment” is targeted mostly to immature women as an choice to football, yet it has not won over many critics, as evidenced by a  25% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Nonetheless, it could kick Universal Pictures’ Kevin Hart patrolman comedy, “Ride Along,” that has had a close on a box bureau for a final dual weekends. Not adjusting for inflation, “Ride Along” non-stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend with a biggest Jan entrance ever ($41.5 million) and has amassed a domestic sum of scarcely $80 million so far. 

“Labor Day,” created and destined by Jason Reitman, is approaching to beget around $8 million in revenue, after costing $18 million to make.

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Distributed by Paramount Pictures and co-produced by Paramount and Indian Paintbrush, “Labor Day” stars Kate Winslet as a divorced, equivocal agoraphobic mom who takes an transient convict, played by Josh Brolin, into her home.

Reitman is famous for holding on formidable theme matter, and his outlay includes critic-friendly transport such as “Young Adult,” “Up in a Air,” “Juno” and “Thank You for Smoking,” though his stream bid isn’t removing so most praise, with a 47% “fresh” rating. 

Reitman blending “Labor Day” from a 2009 novel by Joyce Maynard. The film also stars a immature Gattlin Griffith as a 13-year-old son of Winslet’s character. 

Among a container of holdovers are Universal’s Mark Wahlberg-starring Navy SEAL tale “Lone Survivor,” Open Road Films’ charcterised comedy “Nut Job,” Paramount’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and a multi-Oscar-nominated “American Hustle.” 

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The rarely successful charcterised low-pitched “Frozen” might get a boost this weekend, as Disney introduces a sing-along chronicle in some-more than 1,000 theaters. Online sheet seller Fandango pronounced a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired strike ranks third top in modernized sheet sales for a weekend, behind “That Awkward Moment” and “Ride Along.” 

“Frozen” has taken in some-more than $800 million worldwide, including roughly $350 million from a U.S. and Canada alone. 

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