Post-Carnival, How Will 'The Sessions" and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Fare?

on February 12, 2013

the_sessions.jpgCarnival, which ends today, has dominated Brazil for four days. Now that the country is sobering up and headed back to work, two U.S. films will test their luck at the Brazilian box office. The choices are an odd fit: this weekend's new releases are the paraplegic sexual drama The Sessions, starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes, and Kathryn Bigelow's epic and serious terrorism thriller Zero Dark Thirty. As neither fit with the national mood of the last week, the test for the two adult films will be to see if they serve as smart counter-programming to a country with a hangover, or a total buzzkill. Carnival is often a box office boost. In 2012, the box office bumped 10.8% at the end of the festival with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance driving away with the top spot. 

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