July 7, 2006

New Movie Releases and Box Office Predictions: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

I have to be honest, I am a little tired of these paltry one and two releases a week that have grouped up this year. The way they have been spaced and the few releases, this year just doesn't feel as big as last year. Hopefully this week's only release will turn things around.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. (2006, 151 minutes, PG-13, action/comedy, trailer) Possibly the most anticipated movie of the year, and widely believed to take the box office crown of 2006 is upon us. Just about everybody I have talked to is interested in seeing this movie. The movie is a sequel to the absolute surprise of a hit in 2004, which also gave Johnny Depp his first Oscar nomination. The sequel reunites Depp with co-stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, as well as director Gore Verbinski. This pirate adventure has Davey Jones (Bill Nighy) coming to collect a blood debt owed by Captain Jack Sparrow, who manages to disrupt the wedding vows of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. Originally, I was worried that this might not live up to the original, but I have to admit to being a bit giddy everytime I see a commercial, it looks like it is going to be a blast.

Following Sean. (2005, 87 minutes, NR, documentary, trailer) Director Ralph Arlyck made a short film in the 1960s while living downstairs from a group of hippies, including the 4 year old Sean, who boasted of smoking marijuana. This film has Arlyck trackingdown Sean three decades later. This is beginning a run at the local arthouse.

Mountain Patrol: Kekexili. (2006, 92 minutes, NR, drama, trailer) This film, from China, looks at the Kekexili region of Tibet and the people's struggle to protect the antelope from poachers. It follows a reporter who convinces the local leaders that he could help make the area a protected preserve, and accompanies them on their patrol through the region. I have heard many good things about this. This will be playing for most of the week at the local arthouse.

The arthouse, Upstate Films, is also having two films for only a couple of shows in the middle of next week:

Brothers Lost. This was made by Sean McGinley who lost his brother on 9/11. It collects a series of interviews with other men who lost their brothers on that day. I tried searching for it, but I could not find any more information on it. This will have two screenings, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.

A Sidewalk Astronomer. (2005, 79 minutes, NR, documentary, trailer) This will be playing for one night, and have a special guest in the person of director Jeffrey Jacobs. The film focuses on John Dobson, a former Vedanta monk who developed a high power, low cost telescope. This was the telescope that opened the universe to everybody. As another bonus, if the weather is good, there will be a telescope on hand to look through after the screening.

Also opening this week, but not near me:
  • Edmond
  • Once in a Lifetime
  • A Scanner Darkly

Box Office Predictions

Well, I don't think there is a question of what film will come out on top. It will be interesting to see how the rest play out. Here is how I think it will go:

RankTitleBox Office
1Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$105 million

Superman Returns

$24 million
3The Devil Wears Prada$20million


$16 million
5Cars$12 million
6Nacho Libre$7 million
7The Break-Up$6 million
8The Lake House$5 million
9Waist Deep$3 million
10The Fast and the FuriousTokyo Drift$2.5 million

What are you seeing this weekend?


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