The summer pattern has seen one franchise tentpole succeeding another. On the one hand, the success of “The Lion King
) reminds that audiences have an insatiable appetite for enhanced versions of the familiar. On the other, decent results for original movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony
) suggest that some brands — Quentin Tarantino
, Leonardo DiCaprio
and Brad Pitt
–still sell. An established director and top stars came together with great reviews and a movie that clicked with audiences.
This weekend’s box office could be the most significant of the fall, even if no blockbusters are in the offing. Three new wide releases, appealing to distinct audiences, all have a shot at a gross total we rarely see at one time. And if that happens, it’s great news for the future of movies released to theaters.
Here’s what the weekend looks like, and what the results