February 27, 2009

New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Jonas Brothers - The 3D Concert Experience, Street Fighter - The Legend of Chun Li, Echelon Conspiracy

This week continues the slow weeks leading up to the highly anticipated release of Watchmen. I can barely wait to see that movie on a gigantic IMAX screen. However, I do need to tide myself over until next week, and I think this weekend has enough to offer to at least temporary cinematic nourishment.

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. (2009, 76 minutes, G, music) No thank you. I have no interest in seeing this. Of course, I am not anywhere near the target demographic. Still, I have no doubt that this is going to rake in big money this weekend, much like the Hannah Montana concert movie did. I have long since made peace with the need for this type of music, just don't expect me to like it. This film also happens to be stealing the 3D projectors from the excellent Coraline.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. (2009, 96 minutes, PG-13, action, trailer) I want to see this, although I cannot imagine it being any good. I do not believe this video game adaptation is meant to be related the Jean Claude Van Damme film from the early 1990's. This new film focuses on Chun Li (Smallville's Kristen Kreuk) and her battle with crime lord Bison (Michael McDonough). I will say one thing, it looks better than the Dragonball: Evolution trailer. The cast also includes Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, Robin Shou, and Moon Bloodgood. The directorial duties were handled by Andrzej Bartkowiak, the man behind a trio of goofy action films (Romeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Exit Wounds)

Echelon Conspiracy. (2009, 103 minutes, PG-13, action, trailer) This is a movie I know very little about and does not appear to be opening very wide at all. The science fiction thriller is being released through After Dark Films, more known for their low budget horror offerings. The story centers on a young engineer and a one of a kind cell phone that seems to offer up everything the young man desires, and also makes him a target. Shane West (ER) stars alongside Ving Rhames, Ed Burns, Jonathan Pryce, and Martin Sheen. It should also be said that the trailer is awfully reminiscent of Eagle Eye.

Also opening this week, but not near me:
  • An American Affair
  • Crossing Over
Box Office Predictions
The past two weeks have featured a number one movie that topped the $40 million mark. Do you think this week's releases have what it takes to keep the streak going? I mistakenly predicted the past two weeks too low, now I am going to run the risk of going too high as I think we will get another week with a big open. The rest of the chart is a little more questionable.

Here is how I think it could play out.

RankTitleBox Office
1Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience$48 million
2Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail$19 million
3Slumdog Millionaire$12 million
4Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li$9 million
5Taken$6.5 million
6Coraline$6 million
7He's Just Not That Into You$4.75 million
8Paul Blart: Mall Cop$4.5 million
9Confessions of a Shopaholic$4 million
10Friday the 13th (2009)
$3.5 million


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