Four films in late-season tryout
'Invincible' faces off against 'Idlewild,' 'Beerfest,' 'Worms'


By Nicole Sperling
The Hollywood Reporter
August 25, 2006

As the summer winds down, potential moviegoers might choose to take in the last few rays of sunshine rather than cloister themselves inside a darkened theater. Hollywood is counteracting that urge by throwing a lot of films at audiences this weekend, hoping at least one movie sticks.

Buena Vista Pictures will bow the sports drama "Invincible," and Universal Pictures is opening the OutKast musical "Idlewild." New Line Cinema is hoping to turn kids on to "How to Eat Fried Worms," and Warner Bros. Pictures brings out the latest Broken Lizard comedy "Beerfest."

"Invincible" has the best chance of reaching the top spot in the boxoffice race. The film is an example of one of the things Buena Vista does best: releasing inspiring stories about sports heroes. From "Miracle" to "Glory Road," the studio has had a long track record of delivering PG-rated films that connect with a wide swath of moviegoers, and "Invincible" should be no different.

Mark Wahlberg stars as substitute teacher Vince Papale, who tries out for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles during an unprecedented open tryout -- and makes the team. Bowing in 2,917 theaters, the film co-stars Greg Kinnear and is directed by Ericson Core, a cinematographer who is taking his first turn in the director's chair. The film has received positive reviews and looks to be tracking in the $12 million-$15 million range. It could follow in the tracks of "Glory Road," which opened on this year's Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to $13.5 million for the three-day period and $16.9 million for the four-day period. "Invincible" should fall between those two grosses.
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