September 28, 2007

New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Feast of Love, The Game Plan, The Kingdom

Last week was led by a sequel in a moderately successful franchise and a raunchy sex comedy. This week you get a slightly more sophisticated tale of love that will not burn up the box office, but will draw an older crowd. We also get a generic, yet cute, looking family comedy starring an ex-wrestler. Finally, we get the likely box office leader, a politically charged thriller that looks like it could provide the explosive goods we like to see on the big screen. All I know is that I want to get out to the movies and see as many as I can!

Feast of Love. (2007, 102 minutes, R, romantic comedy, trailer) At first glance, this isn't a movie that would immediately attract me, but I am willing to give most films a shot. Upon slight further inspection, this actually looks pretty good. It is a modern take on A Midsummer's Night Dream as love stirs up trouble. The cast looks good and includes Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Selma Blair, Radha Mitchell, Jane Alexander, and Alexa Davalos. All of the love combinations entwine into a tapestry. The movie was directed by Robert Benton from a screenplay by Allison Burnett based on a novel by Charles Baxter. The trailer looks good, and Freeman has some of the best lines.

The Game Plan. (2007, 110 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) I really wish Dwayne Johnson would get a shot in a bigger film. Sure, he has has some decent parts in high profile films, but he shows so much more potential than he has been able to show. I don't think this is going to be his big break. Still, I think it looks like an enjoyable, if formulaic family movie. It certainly looks better than movies like The Pacifier. The trailer made me chuckle, I have a feeling the movie will too. Although, at 110 minutes, it seems a but long for this kind of movie. The story centers on Johnson's Joe Kingman, a tough guy quarterback, who finds he has a young daughter when she shows up on his doorstep. Andy Fickman (She's the Man) directed from a screenplay by Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price.

The Kingdom. (2007, 110 minutes, R, action/thriller, trailer) This is the one I am looking forward to, it has received good word of mouth so far. It is an explosive action/thriller that is set off when a bomb explodes in an American housing complex in Saudi Arabia. An American team is sent to investigate, and find the locals less than accomodating. The cast is excellent with Jamie Foxx, Jason Bateman, Chris Cooper, and Jennifer Garner. Peter Berg directs, and he has been making great strides since stepping behind the camera, what with The Rundown and Friday Night Lights, as well as producing the Friday Night Lights series.

In the Valley of Elah. (2007, 114 minutes, R, drama, trailer) This is Paul Haggis' follow up to his Oscar winner Crash. It is the story of a soldier who disappears shortly after returning from Iraq and the desperate search for him by his parents. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon as the parents and Charlize Theron as the detective who helps them. It has had pretty good word thus far. Hopefully it will stand up.

Also opening this week, but not near me:
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • I'll Believe You
  • Lust, Caution
  • Trade

Box Office Predictions
Who will win this week? I think the strong word surrounding The Kingdom will push it to the top of the charts, with The Game Plan drawing the family crowd giving it a good showing as well. Resident Evil: Extinction is all but assured of falling steeply in its second weekend. Feast of Love will likely pull decent numbers, but not be as exciting a draw as the rest of this weeks releases. It is also likely that The Bourne Ultimatum will finally drop out of the top ten.

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

RankTitleBox Office
1The Kingdom $21 million
2The Game Plan$17 million
3Resident Evil: Extinction$12 million
4Feast of Love$8.5 million
5Good Luck Chuck$7 million
6The Brave One$4 million
73:10 to Yuma$3.5 million
8Eastern Promises$3 million
9Sydney White$2.5 million
10Mr. Woodcock$2 million

What are you seeing this weekend?


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