February may bring us cold winter weather, but temperatures at the box office could warm things up.
The month should benefit from nearly a dozen wide openings plus continuing interest in best picture Oscar nominees like
, which are still in wide release.
But besides showcasing Oscar's best picture contenders, February will also feature a wide range of new films. Here's a weekend by weekend look at what's on the horizon.
will kick off the month. Directed by Walter Hill, it stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater and Sung Kang.
After their partners are viciously murdered, a hitman (Stallone) and a young New York cop (Kang) team up as an unlikely pair to seek revenge in a high-stakes investigation leading to the power corridors of New Orleans.
's tracking best and equally well with men under and over 25.
The PG-13 zombie comedy Warm Bodies
, directed by Jonathan Levine, stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich.
is about the unlikely romance between a beautiful human teen (Palmer) and a sensitive undead slacker (Hoult) that sets off a chain of events with the power to transform the world. Based on the Isaac Marion's best-selling novel, the film provides an unusually romantic look at the lighter side of the zombie apocalypse.
is tracking best and very strongly with women under-25.
February's second weekend will see three wide openings competing for moviegoers' time and money.
The R-rated crime comedy Identify Thief ,
directed by Seth Gordon, stars Jason Bateman, Bridesmaids superstar Melissa McCarthy and John Cho.
Thief revolves around Sandy (Bateman), a mild-mannered Denver businessman, who's forced to extreme measures to clear his name after his identity's stolen by Diana (McCarthy). She's living it up in Miami with her new all-access pass to Sandy's life.
is tracking best and really well with 25-plus women and nearly as well with women under-25.
The R-rated crime thriller Side Effects
, directed by Steven Soderbergh, stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.
The dangers of pill popping are apparent in this story of a woman (Mara) who turns to prescription drugs from her sinister doctor (Law) to cope with anxiety over her husband's (Tatum) impending prison release.
is tracking best with women over-25.
The1986 blockbuster Top Gun
is coming back to theaters with a special six-day, 3D-run at 300-plus IMAX theatres starting Feb. 8. The wide IMAX release will help focus attention on the action classic's Feb. 19 3D Blu-ray release. Directed by Tony Scott and produced by Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer, the romantic action drama stars Tom Cruise Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer. Top
grossed nearly $177 million domestically and was a major milestone in building Cruise's superstar career.
With an eye on attracting couples for Valentine's Day movie dates, Hollywood's opening four films Thursday (Feb. 14) rather than Friday (Feb. 15).
But with Valentine's Day falling on Thursday and President's Day being a no-school national holiday on Monday (Feb. 18), Hollywood has a long five day holiday period in which to sell movie tickets. Understandably, there's something for everyone.
The PG-13 fantasy drama Beautiful Creatures
, directed by Richard LaGravenese, stars Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons and Alden Ehrenreich.
Ehrenreich's character Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. When he meets a mysterious girl, Lena (Englert), he uncovers dark secrets about their families, their town and themselves.
is tracking best with under-25 women and nearly as well with women over-25, which means lots of boyfriends and husbands are likely to find themselves seeing it Valentine's Day!
Romance and fear are at the heart of the PG-13 romantic mystery Safe Haven
, directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Dear John) and starring Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel. Like John, which grossed $80 million domestically in 2010, Haven is based on a best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks.
's story centers on Katie (Hough), a mysterious young woman whose unexpected arrival in a small North Carolina town prompts questions about her past. After reluctantly falling in love with Alex (Duhamel), a widower with children, she finds herself struggling with a dark secret that still terrifies her.
As it's tracking best with under-25 females, Haven
should also see its share of male moviegoers dragged along by dates and wives to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Couples seeking thrills from action rather than romance will find that, as well, this weekend thanks to the R-rated crime thriller A Good Day to Die Hard
. Directed by John Moore, it stars Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
In this latest episode in the blockbuster Die Hard
franchise, whose previous four titles grossed over $435 million domestically, John McClane (Willis) goes to Moscow to help his wayward son (Courtney), What McLane doesn't know is that Jack's a CIA operative trying to prevent a nuclear weapons heist.
's already tracking huge with over-25 males and next best with under-25 males. It's been about six years since the series' previous episode, Live Free or Die Hard
, which grossed $134.5 million in 2007. But with Willis back in the saddle, the movie has what audiences have always liked best about the Die Hard
Also in the weekend's mix is a PG-rated family film that should help parents keep young kids occupied over the long holiday weekend. The 3D animated comedy adventure Escape From Planet Earth
from first time feature director Cal Brunker stars such voices as Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba.
Fraser voices Astronaut Scorch Supernova, who's a big hero on the planet Baab. A master of daring rescues, Scorch finds himself in big trouble after answering a distress call from a dangerous alien world.
is tracking best and equally well with under and over-25 men and over-25 women, which should include lots of parents who will bring youngsters to see it.
February will end on a scary note with the PG-13 supernatural thriller Dark Skies
. Directed by Scott Charles Stewart, it stars Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and Dakota Goyo.
The action here revolves around Daniel and Lacey Barret (Hamilton and Russell), a suburban couple whose peaceful life is suddenly destroyed by nightly invasions of their home as a deadly alien force goes after their children.
The PG-13 action thriller Snitch,
directed by Ric Roman Waugh, stars Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon and Jon Bernthal.
Johnson plays a father who agrees to work undercover for the Drug Enforcement Agency in order to help free his son, who's in prison after being set up in a drug deal.
: It may be cold outside, but February could see a box office heat wave.