Brooding Ben Affleck Is the Will Smith of October
Back in the 1990s, there were two things you could always depend on: Bill Clinton was embroiled in a scandal of some sort, and Will Smith was dominating the multiplexes in July. After the massive box-office success of Independence Day, the studios figured he was the King of the Fourth of July, penciling in Men in Black, Wild Wild West, Bad Boys 2 ,I, Robot and Hancock in that month.
Likewise, after Taken took in a surprising $145 million for a late January release, January/February became Liam Neeson’s window with The Grey, Non-Stop, Taken 3 and Unknown. Marvel movies open on the first weekend of May. The Fast and Furious movies moves from June to April. Harry Potter movies opened in July or November, and Ben Affleck owns September/October.
It may not be as much Ben Affleck as it is that September/October likes gloomy thrillers, like Hollywoodland, The Town, Argo, Runner Runner and Gone Girl. (Girl on the Train, which has a Gone Girl vibe, is also opening in October, as well).
Affleck’s latest October entry will be The Accountant, with Anna Kendrick and Jon Bernthal. It looks good. Affleck plays an accountant with an Asperger’s-like condition, who is not only good at cooking the books, he can carry a weapon.