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New Movie Releases and Box Office Predictions: Beerfest, Invincible, How to Eat Fried Worms, Idlewild

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August marches on. Will it spawn any strong sleepers as we head into the stretch? Not sure, probably not this week. Surprisingly, there are no PG-13 rated films opening this week, which is almost unheard of as it is the rating du jour. We do get a couple of Rs and a couple PGs to satiate our need for the big screen scene.

Beerfest. (2006, 110 minutes, R, comedy, trailer) Broken Lizard returns for the first time since Club Dread in this film about competitive beer drinking. The trailer makes this look absolutely ridiculous, but I would not expect anything less. I expect to sit down and have fun watching this sure to be brain dead comedy.

Invincible. (2006, 128 minutes, PG, drama, trailer) Disney's lock on the inspirational sports film continues. Mark Wahlberg stars as Vince Papale, a bartender who tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles during an open tryout in the 1970s. This is the story of his journey to the football field.

How to Eat Fried Worms. (2006, 96 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) Based on the Thomas Rockwell book comes this tale of an unusual challenge. The new kid in school accepts a challenge from the school bully — eat ten worms over the course of a day.

Idlewild. (2006, 90 minutes, R, drama, trailer) Musical stars Outkast take to the big screen in this movie set in the 1930s. This is the story of a couple of very different friends struggling to make it as musicians in a Louisiana speakeasy. It marks the feature directorial debut of Bryan Barber.

The Night Listener. (2006, 90 minutes, R, suspense, trailer) This bypassed first run theaters here and is landing right in the cheap theater — the not-so-kind reviews probably helped see to that. Robin Williams stars as a late night radio host who is contacted by a boy who tells a story of abuse at the hands of his parents. Williams travels to the boy's town to learn the truth. It may not be good, but I am interested in checking it out.

Half Nelson. (2006, 106 minutes, NR, drama, trailer) This film looks like it could be very good. Ryan Gosling stars as a junior high teacher who sticks to his ideals and strays from the book method, but his personal life is ruled by a growing drug habit. One drugged-up night he encounters one of his students, who is dealing with drugs in her own family. The two begin a friendship as they both struggle with their issues. This is beginning a run at the local art house.

Also opening this week, but not near me:

  • Old Joy
  • Princesas
  • Queens
  • The Quiet
  • Rolling Family
  • Surviving Eden

Box Office Predictions

Like Samuel L. Jackson says, "Snakes on a Plane just may be the greatest movie ever made!" That said, it will likely do well this weekend before fading away into the depths rather quickly.

Rank Title Box Office
1 Invincible $18 million
2 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby $9 million
3 How to Eat Fried Worms $7.5 million
4 Beerfest $7 million
5 World Trade Center $6 million
6 Accepted $5.5 million
7 Idlewild $5 million
8 Snakes on a Plane $3.25 million
9 Step Up $3 million
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $2 million

What are you seeing this weekend?

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