July 28, 2006

New Movie Releases and Box Office Predictions: Miami Vice, The Ant Bully, John Tucker Must Die

Following up last week's flooding of four new movies into the mix, come this week's three new wide releases. With three different target audiences, the studios are all set to carve up the movie goers. The big question is, will any of them pose a threat to the Captain?

The Ant Bully. (2006, 88 minutes, PG, animated adventure, trailer) What if you were a young kid who liked to torture insects in your backyard? Now, what if those insects had a way to get back at you, and teach you a lesson? That is what this movie is about, and it looks like it could be fun. The movie looks to be anchored by a fine voice cast, including Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, and Bruce Campbell.

John Tucker Must Die. (2006, 87 minutes, PG-13, comedy, trailer) I'm not so sure about this one, it looks a little silly, but then again, I am not exactly in the target audience. The movie is about a trio of girls, all who have been burned by the same high school jock, so they get together and plot their revenge. The movie was directed by Betty Thomas, who also directed I, Spy and Dr. Dolittle.

Miami Vice. (2006, 132 minutes, R, action, trailer) Michael Mann's latest feature is a reinvention of his own television creations. I never watched the old TV series, perhaps the lack of that baggage will help me with this movie. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx star as the undercover cops, along for the ride is Gong Li, last seen in Memoirs of a Geisha. Michael Mann is a wonderful director, I loved his last film, Collateral, so I hope this one pays off.

Scoop. (2006, 95 minutes, PG-13, comedy, trailer) Following the excellent Match Point, Woody Allen has returned to the comedy side of the thriller with this film. Scarlett Johansson stars as an aspiring journalist who pairs up with a hapless magician, played by Woody. Her goal is to get closer to Hugh Jackman (who seems to be in a lot of movies this year), who may be a serial killer. This movie looks quite good, and I hope to get a chance to see it.

Also opening this week, but not near me:
  • 13 (Tzameti)
  • Another Gay Movie
  • Brothers of the Head
  • Darshan
  • I Like Killing Flies
  • Little Miss Sunshine

Box Office Predictions

Three new movies are all set to assault the top ten chart, but where will they fall? I have a feeling that Pirates will fall out of the top spot this week, making way for Miami Vice. However, I think that it will remain a force for a few more weeks. The other two films, I don't think they will make that big a splash. Here is how I think it will play out:

RankTitleBox Office
1Miami Vice$28 million
2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$23 million
3Monster House$17 million
4The Ant Bully$16 million
5John Tucker Must Die$13.5 million
6Lady in the Water$9 million
7My Super Ex-Girlfriend$8 million
8Clerks II$4.5 million
9The Devil Wears Prada$3 million
10Superman Returns$2.5 million

What are you seeing this weekend?


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