February 16, 2007

New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Breach, Bridge to Terabithia, Ghost Rider

Following last weeks selection of two new releases, this week brings with it a smattering of no less than five new wide releases. Of course, two of those opened on Wednesday, so they have a bit of a headstart. Among the other new films are a flaming biker, a traitorous FBI operative, and kids escaping into a fantasy. Who will come out on top? Which ones will be worth seeing? Sadly, I cannot tell you that, but read on and you can get some more information regarding.

Breach. (2007, 110 minutes, PG-13, thriller, trailer) This is a thriller based on the true store of Robert Hanssen, a top level operative who was convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. This story follows the young agent assigned to him in order to gain his trust, and hopefully evidence of his dirty dealings. Hanssen is played by Chris Cooper, and the young agent is Ryan Phillipe. This looks like it could be good, Cooper has turned in some fine performances and he looks good in this role.

Bridge to Terabithia. (2007, 95 minutes, PG, fantasy, trailer) My impressions from the commercials is that I have seen this before, it was called Chronicles of Narnia. I have read that it is, in fact, quite a different story, so there is hope. I just cannot say that the commercials excite me. The story concerns a young boy who befriends the class outsider, and together they create an imaginary world where they rule and can escape their reality. I will be interested in seeing how it turns out, despite my initial reservations.

Daddy's Little Girls. (2006, 130 minutes, PG-13, drama, trailer) This is the latest film from Tyler Perry, and the first one that doesn't feature Perry as his Madea creation. It is the story of a mechanic who is struggling to regain the custody of his daughters. I haven't seen Perry's prior films, I just had no interest, though the story here looks like it could be very good.

Ghost Rider. (2006, 110 minutes, PG-13, horror, trailer) Another in the line of Marvel comic character adaptations. This one is about a man who made a supernatural deal that left him cursed with the Ghost Rider, a fiery demon that would take control of his body. It is up to Cage, as Johnny Blaze, to control the Rider and use its power to stop Blackheart from doing his evil deeds. I cannot say that this looks good, but I am a fan with the character and just hope that it is at least watchable.

Music and Lyrics. (2006, 96 minutes, PG-13, romantic comedy, trailer) Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore star in this romantic comedy about an aging pop star and his last shot at fame, and love. It looks like it could be a little goofy, although I have heard that it is not that good. Barrymore is a likeable screen presence, so it at least has that going for it.

Also opening this week, but not near me:

  • The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films
  • Avenue Montaigne
  • Close to Home

Box Office Predictions
Well, Norbit started strong last week while Hannibal Rising withered on the vine. Will this week yield a similar response? Time will tell. A couple of films had a head start by beginning on Wednesday, cashing in on the Valentine's day holiday, so it will be interesting to see if that will translate into a big weekend. I am thinking that the Cage comic book adaptation will take the top slot. Of course, I have been known to be wrong. From time to time.

Here is how I think the top ten field will play out:

RankTitleBox Office
1Ghost Rider$26 million
2Norbit$21 million
3Bridge to Terabithia$19 million
4Music and Lyrics$17 million

Daddy's Little Girls

$13 million

$8 million

7Because I Said So$7 million
8Hannibal $3 million
9Night at the Museum$2.5 million
10Pan's Labyrinth$2 million

What are you seeing this weekend?


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