Ah, January.  Along with February (and to a lesser extent March) it’s that ever-so-reliable dumping ground for shitty movies not good enough for the Oscar season and not marketable enough for summer.  The first weekend of 2012 sees the movie gods being especially gracious to us as they have only sent one wide release to test our faith in the power of cinema…

I suppose with the recent success of the “found footage” Paranormal Activity series and the historical success of The Exorcist, there was bound to one day be a horror flick that tried to capitalize on the success of both.  Except…that film already happened over a year ago.  So what new gimmick does The Devil Inside bring to the table?  Oh, this time there are multiple demons possessing her! OOOOooooOOOoooo!  At the very least, you can always count on an exorcism movie to pull out all the stops to try and get your attention.  Even though the vast majority of critics say that it does nothing interesting other than pull out one of the worst endings in many years out of its ass, we can remain hopeful, right?  It sure seems like the rest of the internet is, as online activity and lack of competition points to The Devil Inside making a healthy $21-26 million in its debut frame.

And…that’s it.  Other than an 800-theater expansion of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, there are no other new releases this weekend.  I suppose this is where I would ask you all to let us know your thoughts on The Devil Inside except, well, c’mon…anyway, stay tuned for Academy Idol results and more Oscar news on The Awards Circuit!