In what is generally regarded as the one of the worst weekends of the year — if not the worst — for the domestic box office, only one film, the Weinstein Co.’s Awake, starring Hayden Christensen, will be opening wide — and that film wasn’t even shown to film critics. The film concerns a man who undergoes surgery but remains alert, although essentially paralyzed, throughout. Producer Joana Vicente told today’s (Friday) Los Angeles Times that she expects the film “will do to surgery what Jaws did to swimming in the ocean.” Analysts expected Disney’s Enchanted, Sony’s This Christmas, and Paramount’s Beowulf to finish 1-2-3 as they did last weekend, with a possibility that Awake might land in third, or even second, place.
I really, really, get nervous swimming in the ocean, and I can avoid that. If I need surgery in the future, there isn’t much I can do about it. Thank you for producing this movie, Joana. Seriously….