December 4, 2009

New Movies and Box Office Predictions: 12/4

This week's wide releases -
Everybody's Fine
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

This week brings an interesting selection of movies to theaters all over the country. With five new movies arriving you would think it would be easy to pick a couple. However, there is only one title I consider a must see with three others as potentials, and the final one definitely avoidable. So, what is it going to be for the rest of you? Anything looking good?

Armored. (2009, 88 minutes, PG-13, action) Director Nimrod Antal follows up the effective horror of Vacancy with a crime/action film, which he is following up with a new Predator movie. This one looks like it could be fun, I hesitate to think it will be good, but I guess there is always hope, right? The movie centers on the drivers and security guards that work for an armored car service. The group has their eyes set on robbing their own truck of millions. The plan should go down without a hitch, but I guess they never do, do they? It looks to be fast paced and energetic. The cast includes Matt Dillon, Lawrence Fishburne, Amaury Nolasco, Fred Ward, Columbus Short, Skeet Ulrich, and Milo Ventimiglia.

Brothers. (2009, 110 minutes, R, comedy). This stars Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal as brothers. They actually look like they could be brothers, which is made funnier still by the fact that Gyllenhaal had been rumored to be replacing Maguire in Spider-Man prior to the third film. As for this one, from director Jim Sheridan, it tells the story of a drifter brother and a military brother. When military brother is believed killed in action, drifter brother moves in to help out his widow (Natalie Portman) and two young children. Things, as they are wont to do, never go according to plan. Military brother turns out to be not dead. Of course, this complicates matters...

Everybody's Fine. (2009, 95 minutes, PG-13, drama) This film is a remake of the Italian film I have never seen Stanno Tutti Bene. Robert Deniro stars as a widow who sets out on a spur of the moment road trip o visit his children and finds their lives are not what he was expecting. His children are played by Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore, and Sam Rockwell. This look s pretty good.

Transylmania. (2009, 92 minutes, R, comedy) Speaking of that movie to avoid, here it is. A motley assortment travel abroad for a semester of studies in a different culture. Guess what they find? That's right, a cheap looking comedy. This will die fast with nary a whimper.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orlenas. (2009, 121 minutes, R, drama/thriller) Sequel to the Harvey Keitel film? I do not know. What I do know is that this movie looks pretty darn fascinating. I mean the pairing of Nicolas Cage and director Werner Herzog alone is enough to get me in the door. Cage plays a substance abusing cop locked in a downward spiral as he investigates the murders of illegal immigrants. I am looking forward to checking this one out.

Also opening this week, but not near me:
  • Serious Moonlight
  • Up in the Air

Box Office Predictions
New Moon won its first two weekends. Can it take a third? Something tells me no. My first clue was the close finish it had with The Blind Side in week two. How will this weekend turn out? It does not strike me as a particularly strong one, with everyone waiting for the potential juggernaut Avatar on the horizon. I am going to go out on a limb and say The Blind Side takes number one in it third week of release. I am not sold on the strength of this week's new releases to climb to the top.

Here is how I think it could play out for the 3-day weekend.

RankTitleBox Office
1The Blindside$32 million
2The Twilight Saga: New Moon$26 million
3Armored$21 million
4Brothers$18 million
5Everybody's Fine$12 million
6A Christmas Carol 3D$8.5 million
72012$8 million
8Old Dogs$7 million
9Ninja Assassin$6.5 million
10Planet 51$5.5 million

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