Even the Amazing Kreskin would be loath to predict the outcome of a weekend like this one.

Three films are opening in wide release and another in moderate release, but it’s an expanding release that is poised to take the top spot at the domestic boxoffice this weekend.

The George Clooney starrer “Michael Clayton” appears to be the favorite to land at the top of the domestic heap. Still, it will be a true coup if Warner Bros. can overcome such a crush of competition and claim the boxoffice flag with its platforming legal thriller.

“Clayton” grossed $855,340 from 15 theaters during last weekend’s four-day holiday session, which included Monday’s Columbus Day in the U.S. and Thanksgiving in Canada. Amounting to a mind-bending $57,022 per-screen average, the performance bodes well for the film’s expansion into 2,400 locations Friday.

Older males are a key demo for “Clayton,” which co-stars Tom Wilkinson and began buzz-building limited runs two weeks ago.  Hollywood Reporter


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