The four movie releases this weekend – The Help, Final Destination 5, Glee: The 3D Movie Concert and 30 Minutes or Less – are unlikely competitors for last weekend’s number one at the box office, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The prequel to the 1968 classic received a solid audience bringing in $58.4 million in domestic box office sales, according to The Los Angeles Times.
So why do four films in four completely different genres have no shot at taking down the primates? Well aside from having the far from camera shy James Franco blatantly standing out as the good looking lead, here’s what the other films don’t have:
1. A good box office release date. The Help, starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis, is based on a best selling novel and while timing seems perfect (August has released similar hits in the same drama such as Julia & Julia and Eat, Pray, Love), Wednesday releases and midnight showings aren’t compatible with their primary audience: older women. That makes the second film starring Stone that just fell short. Bummer!
2. The standing of a prequel… not take 5. Like Movieline said, “Even death can’t stop the Final Destination franchise.” But here’s hoping someone cuts the chord soon!
3. A better pairing than man and monkey. Though Jesse Eisenberg and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer made for an epic film that one time around, Woody Harrelson made for a more comedic sidekick kicking zombie ass.