New in Theaters: 'Killing Them Softly,' 'The Collection'

Posted 7:44 AM November 30th, 2012 by Logan Falk
Killing Them Softly

This week will see an onslaught of gory new releases, from revenge films with deeper meanings to indie horror films; while there’s little in the way of universally-appealing releases this week, there's plenty to do for moviegoers with a very strong stomach.

This week’s higher-profile releases are Killing Them Softly and The Collection. Killing Them Softly tells of some less-than-intelligent fellows who inadvertently cause the collapse of the local criminal business network, and the hitman sent to kill them for their meddling, played by Brad Pitt.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 81% -- critics say the film goes beyond the action and thrills of your typical revenge film, hammering home a dark, cynical message amidst the blood and gore.

Killing Them Softly is predicted to earn between $9.5 million and $10.8 million over the weekend.

The Collection is a sequel to the 2009 indie horror movie The Collector, which opened in just over 1300 theaters across the country. The sequel—opening in a little over 1400 theaters nationwide—features a serial killer who has recently kidnapped another victim, but is now being hunted down by mercenaries hired by the victim’s father, led by a former prisoner of the serial killer.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie an unfortunate rating of 46%, claiming the film is little more than a sub-par gore-fest riding out the post-Saw market, and that it holds little appeal for anyone who wasn't a fan of the first film. Due to its ill reception and limited viewing, it is only expected to make $2.5-$3 million over the weekend.

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