Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Will James Bond’s ‘Spectre’ Crush 3 Female Filmmakers at Box Office?

Movies | By on November 11, 2015 @ 6:57 am

The three highest profile new movies this weekend — the holiday comedy “Love the Coopers,” the Chilean mine disaster film “The 33” and the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt drama “By the Sea” — are all directed by women.

But it’s unlikely that the three small steps for women will turn into a giant box office leap for womankind because none of their films is expected to make more than $10 million on their opening weekend.

Warner Bros.’ “The 33” is the biggest movie yet for Patricia Riggen, a young Mexican director best known for the 2007 film “Under the Same Moon” and the 2011 Disney Channel original film “Lemonade Mouth.”
“Love the Coopers” is a natural fit for veteran writer-director-producer Jessie Nelson, who wrote the screenplay for 1998’s “Stepmom” and who has specialized in adult fare, including producing “Hope Springs” and “Danny Collins.”
Angelina Jolie is, well, Angelina Jolie.

Universal’s “By the Sea” reteams Jolie with husband Brad Pitt for the first time since “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” a decade ago. No one is expecting grosses like that 2005 action film delivered, or even “Unbroken,” Jolie’s last directorial outing, which debuted to $30 million last December.
“By the Sea” is a $10 million romantic drama that the star also wrote and produced. Universal is rolling it out in just 10 theaters, hoping to build momentum, but that’s no given since the reviews haven’t been great (42 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes).


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