As late as October or so, Jason Reitman’s “LAbor Day” had Oscar buzz. A melodramatic novel with thriller elements, Oscar winner Kate Winslet held hostage (hostage in LOVE) by Josh Brolin, a Joyce Maynard best seller adapted with care and skill.
Then the studio thought better of that and moved it to the dead zone of late January.
“Labor Day,” a romance novel more in the mold of the works of Nicholas Sparks (set over a holiday weekend, Brolin’s character is a vet, and a convicted murderer, the Sparks touches are there) will be lucky to earn $6 million on its opening weekend. Thousands of screens, nobody’s buying. Poor reviews didn’t help.
“Frozen: Sing Along” is giving the Disney toon a little new life. It’s still in the top three.
“That Awkward Moment,” a racy romance from the bro’s point of view with Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan as the guys and Imogen Poots as the female lead, will hit $10 million or so, just behind the slow-to-fade “Ride Along.” Weak reviews didn’t help this one, either.