June 4, 2010

New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Get Him to the Greek, Killers, Marmaduke, Splice

This week's wide releases -
Get Him to the Greek

While it seems that each weekend we should get a big time blockbuster this time of year, after Iron Man 2 I have felt somewhat underwhelmed. This week has four films and while I am interested in three of them, none strike me as the sort that will step up and have a monster opening. Perhaps I am wrong, but I seriously doubt it. Still, when it comes right down to it, it is not about the money made but the quality of the movie, right? Yes, I do also think it is nice to see movies I like do well at the box office.

Get Him to the Greek. (2010, 109 minutes, R, comedy) I remember the talk of a Forgetting Sarah Marshall sequel shortly after the film opened. I was intrigued but never thought it would actually come. Well, here it is. The film centers on the Aldous Snow, the rock star character played by Russell Brand. A music mogul (Sean Combs) needs to get a big project off the ground when assistant Jonah Hill suggests an anniversary concert. It is now his duty o get Aldous Snow to the venue in one piece. It looks like a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to checking it out.

Killers. (2010, 100 minutes, PG-13, action Heigl plays a recently single woman on vacation with her parents. She bumps into Ashton Kutcher and romance ensues until she finds out he is actually a secret agent and the violence erupts. It looks like fun and not just a little bit like the upcoming Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz film Knight and Day.

Marmaduke. (2010, 87 minutes, PG, comedy) This new family movie is one I know very little about. It has not been advertised much on the shows I watch. What I have seen does not impress.The CG created Great Dane and family move from Kansas to the OC and with the movie comes a change in life, chaos and comedy ensue. Frankly, I am more interested in Cast vs. Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

Splice. (2010, 104 minutes, R, horror) Adrien Brody and Sarh Polley star as scientists who experiment with combining human DNA with that of other creatures. The result turns out to be something frightening. I get a very strong memory of Species with this one. I seriously hopeit goes differently as I really want to like this. It was directed by Vincenzo Natali the Canadian director behind Cube (if you haven't seen it, you should!). The fact that this is getting a wide release is something to cheer about as it looks a little like a film that would typically hit video first. Please let it be good!

Also opening this week, but not near me:

  • BoyBand
  • Convention
  • Cropsey
  • Double Take (2010)
  • Ondine
  • Raajneeti
  • Speed-Dating
Box Office Predictions
Shrek appears likely to repeat at the top as I do not think any of the week's four new releases appear to pose any serious threat. I would like to see Get Him to the Greek prove to be a hit and take the top spot, but I don't see it happening. It's funny, I look at my predictions and it doesn't really look like a summer weekend ranking. The summer has lacked some punch.

Here is how I think it could play out:

RankTitleBox Office
1Shrek Forever After$28 million
2Get Him to the Geek$22 million
3Marmaduke$20 million
4Killers$17 million
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$15 million
6Sex and the City 2$13.5 million
7Splice$9 million
8Iron Man 2$8.5 million
9Robin Hood$2 million
10Letters to Juliet$2.5 million

Article first published as New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Get Him to the Greek, Killers, Marmaduke, Splice on Blogcritics.


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