The weekend after Thanksgiving is never lucrative. Can either of the two new releases buck that trend?

The short answer is no. Which is too bad because one of the films opening this weekend is “Killing Them Softly”. The film sees Brad Pitt reteam with director Andrew Dominik (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”). But there’s been a pretty subdued marketing campaign and, despite some real talent here, there’s just not much excitement.

Opening weekend: $8-10 million

“The Collection”, the sequel to “The Collector” which earned $7.5 million in 2009. Yes, they are released a film that earned less than $10 million. Anyways, I don’t think it’ll win any new fans and being released in about the same number of theaters means this will do about the same business.

Opening weekend: $2-4 million

The weak offering means “Skyfall” may be able to move back into the top spot over “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”.

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