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Weekend box office forecast: Stormy and ‘Grey’

January 27, 2012
Liam Neeson battles weather and wolves in Alaskan wilderness survival tale “The Grey,” a thriller that hits movie theaters this weekend. Box-office watchers predict the film will lead the pack of newcomers that includes crime drama “Man on a Ledge” and Katherine Heigl comedy “One for the Money.”“Grey” distributor Open Road Films forecasts a domestic opening in the neighborhood of $10 million to $12 million from Friday through Sunday, while outside predictions reach the $14 million range. “Man on a Ledge” and “One for the Money” are expected to ring up less than $10 million each. In “Ledge,” Sam Worthington plays an ex-con who threatens to jump from a hotel ledge. Book adaptation “One for the Money” features Heigl as a woman who joins her cousin’s bail-bond business and must track down a wanted man who happens to be an ex-boyfriend. Lions Gate Entertainment is distributing “Money” the same weekend as “Ledge,” from the company’s newly acquired Summit Entertainment division. Release dates and marketing plans for both were set long before the companies combined earlier this month. Also this weekend, a crop of films look to capitalize on Oscar nominations including “The Descendants,” “The Artist,” “Hugo,” “The Iron Lady,” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

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