October 2, 2009

New Movies and Box Office Predictions: 10/2/09

This week's wide releases -
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Invention of Lying
Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D
Whip It

September is over, it is now time to start October and we all know what October brings, right? That's right, Halloween. That said, this first week of October brings the first horror film of the season. Yes, I know that we have had a few horror films recently, but October is the real horror month and this is the Halloween season. Unfortunately, we do not get a Halloween movie, but we do have yet another Saw to anticipate in a few weeks. I know, exciting.

Capitalism: A Love Story. (2009, 127 minutes, R, documentary) The "most dangerous film maker in Hollywood" Michael Moore is back with a new film. That dangerous tag is not something I buy into, but he is nothing if not an interesting documentarion. I cannot lay claim to being a fan, but his movies are immensely watchable and always offer up some things to talk about afterward. This film takes Moore back to his corporate roots and looks at the controls of business and seeks to find where our money went.

The Invention of Lying. (2009, 99 minutes, PG-13, comedy) Ricky Gervais is one funny guy, if you have any doubt, look him up on YouTube, or just watch the original UK The Office, you can even check out Ghost Town. Now Gervais is returning to the big screen with what looks to be another winner. This story is set in a world where no one lies, well, no one unit Gervais cracks the first one. Aside from that, I have no idea what this film is about. I see that he has a date with Jennifer Garner, but that is about it. Still, it looks pretty darn funny. I hope it pays off.

Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D. (2009, 172 minutes, G, animated comedy) Let's take a journey into Pixar's past. The 1990's brought two of their most celebrated works, including the original computer animated feature. Now, the company has gone back to those classics and re-worked them into Disney Digital 3D and is releasing them as a double feature. Is it possible to improve on them? I am eager to find out. It will be interesting to see what it is like to wear those 3D glasses for such a long. Could this be a test of endurance before the arrival of Avatar?

Whip It. (2009, 111 minutes, PG-13, comedy) Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with this coming of age tale. Ellen Page stars as Bliss, a young girl in a small town, trapped in her mother's world of conformity and beauty pageants. She sees an opportunity to rebel in the form of roller derby. She lies to her folks about her new hobby until the inevitable happens. The movie looks like a lot of fun.

Zombieland. (2009, 81 minutes, R, horror/comedy) Here is the movie I am most looking forward to seeing this weekend. The film is set in a world overrun with zombies. Zombies are everywhere and they are not friendly. Jesse Eisenberg is a shy young man who teams with the considerably less shy Woody Harrelson on the zombie hunt. They eventually team with Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone on their adventures. The trailers look excellent and I am expecting a good time, although I am a little worried about that 81-minute run time.

Also opening this week, but not near me:

  • Afterschool
  • More than a Game
  • A Serious Man

Box Office Predictions
Will I be able to predict a fickle public's taste for this weekend? Like always, I am not sure, but will give the old college try. I know what I would like to see on top, but if it makes it, well, that is the big question. I do think that the winner of the past two weeks will fall, but I think it is going to be close.

Here is how I think it could play out.

RankTitleBox Office
1Zombieland$17.5 million
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$16.5 million
3Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D$13 million
4Whip It$10 million
5Surrogates$7.5 million
6The Invention of Lying$6 million
7Capitalism: A Love Story$5.5 million
8Fame (2009)$4.5 million
9The Informant!$2.5 million
10Pandorum$2 million


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