July 16, 2010

New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Inception, The Sorcerer's Apprentice

This week's wide releases -
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Two new films arriving this weekend. One is aimed squarely at the family set while the other is going for those looking for a mind bender. They come on the heels of last week's crop of new releases that targeted children and genre fans. Will either these have he muscle to climb to the op of the pile? I would think both have a shot. We will know in a few days. Of course, one of them opened this past Wednesday, which may hurt its chances depending on word of mouth.

Inception. (2010, 140 minutes, PG-13, science fiction/thriller) What can be said about writer/director Christopher Nolan that has not already been said? Simply put, the man is one of the best film makers working today. With just a handful of films to his name, I feel confident in saying I will see whatever he offers us. His latest is Inception, it looks like a mind-twister of the finest vintage and I hope I am not setting myself up for a let down. Leonardo Dicaprio stars as a man with a talent for stealing memories in a world where the tech exists to enter the mind. The cast includes Michael Caine, Ellen Page, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice. (2010, 107 minutes, PG, fantasy/comedy) Using the famous sequence from Fantasia as inspiration, this live action film crafts a story around the segment. The film has already opened and I have already seen it and while it is not a great movie by any stretch, it is quite enjoyable. It is well cast and it actually has a sense of wonder and discovery about it. It has a look similar to other recent films from director Jon Turteltaub, namely the National Treasure movies. The story has the sorcerer Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) searching for the one child who will be able to stop the evil Morgana. The search leads him to nerdy physics guy Dave (Jay Baruchel). On the other side is Horvath (Alfred Molina) wants to rescue Morgana and stop Dave. It is pretty simple stuff, but it is put together and paced in a way that makes it quite enjoyable.

Also opening this week, but not near me:
  • Standing Ovation
  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
  • Odaan
  • The Wild Hunt
Box Office Predictions 
Despicable Me had a very strong showing in its first weekend in the wild. Will it find continued success in its second? I am sure it will, but I do not believe that it will have a very steep drop off. Word of mouth seems to be pretty positive about. I have a good feeling that Inception is going to be the big winner of the weekend, with Nolan having the power of The Dark Knight behind him I have no doubt people will be very curious about this one.

Here is how I think it could play out:

RankTitleBox Office
1Inception$68 million
2Despicable Me$31 million
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$23 million
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$16 million
5Toy Story 3$15 million
6Predators$12.5 million
7Grown Ups$9 million
8The Last Airbender$7 million
9Knight and Day$4.5 million
10The Karate Kid (2010)$3 million

Article first published as New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Inception, The Sorcerer's Apprentice on Blogcritics.


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