Films’ labor lost?

With nothing much to lose during what is traditionally the worst holiday weekend of the year for the box office, the studios are releasing two R-rated movies squarely directed at teens–the long-delayed O, a modern-day version of Othello set on a high-school campus, and the horror flick Jeepers Creepers. Analysts, by and large, are predicting that neither film will make much of an impression and are suggesting that American Pie 2 could become the first film of the summer to hold on to the top spot for four consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, Disney is rolling out Pearl Harbor once again, upping its screen count to 1,036 from last week’s 116. It is hoping to push the film’s total gross past $200 million from $195.5 million, where it currently stands.

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