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New Movie Releases and Box Office Predictions: The Grudge 2, Man of the Year, The Marine

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This week's selections hit a few different targets, but will any be on the mark? We do not get any Oscar hopefuls this time around. The focus seems squarely on pure entertainment. There is a sequel to a hit horror film, an overblown action romp, and a comedy that targets the fans of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I'd be lying to say I was not interested in them, but I do well in keeping my expectations in check.

The Grudge 2. (2006, 95 minutes, PG-13, horror, trailer) Two years ago, director Takashi Shimizu translated his J-horror hit, Ju-on, for the American shore as The Grudge. As far as horror films go, it was a big hit, netting more than $110 million. Will this one be as big? Time will tell. I liked the first one. It was a fun roller coaster of jump scares. This sequel brings Shimizu back to his franchise, this time with Amber Tamblyn starring. To be completely honest, I do not expect much, all I hope for is a jumpy flick that entertains.

Man of the Year. (2006, 115 minutes, PG-13, comedy, trailer) The trailer asks what if a comedian ran for president? The film looks to answer the question. It has been said that people put more trust in the "fake" news of shows like The Daily Show than in real news. This movie puts Robin Williams in a role not dissimilar to Jon Stewart. I am looking forward to this one. It really does look pretty funny. Actually, I just hope it is better than RV. Hopefully, that won't be hard to do.

The Marine. (2006, 93 minutes, PG-13, action, trailer) The second entry (following See No Evil) from newcomer WWE Films stars current WWE Champion John Cena. Will it be good? I tend to doubt it, but it does look like it could be a fun, if generic, action romp. Lending a little credibility to the project is Robert Patrick as the villain. The story follows Patrick and his thugs who take Cena's girlfriend hostage. Cena gets all Schwarzenegger (in Commando) and sets off on a one man mission to get her back. Could be fun, but my expectations are low.

One Night with the King. (2006, 122 minutes, PG, drama) This one kind of snuck up on me. It would seem to have a narrow appeal, and will not likely make a dent in the box office, especially when you consider the zero advertising it's gotten. The story follows a young Jewish girl named Hadassah, who becomes a member of King Xerxes harem. She learns of a plan to exterminate her people and must stand up to save them.

Also opening this week, but not near me:

  • Deliver Us from Evil
  • Driving Lessons
  • Infamous
  • Nearing Grace
  • So Much So Fast
  • Tideland

Box Office Predictions

Four new entries this week. Will horror top the charts, or will the Scorsese thriller retain the top slot, or perhaps it will be by the wrestler turned actor? Time will tell, but I have my ideas. Read on for how I see the cards falling.


Rank Title Box Office
1 The Grudge 2 $29.5 million
2 The Departed $19 million
3 Man of the Year $17.5 million
4 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning $10.5 million
5 The Marine $8 million
6 Open Season $6.75 million
7 The Guardian $6.5 million
8 Employee of the Month $5.25 million
9 Jackass Number Two $2.5 million
10 School for Scoundrels $2 million

What are you seeing this weekend?

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  • http://www.zomboscloset.com Iloz Zoc

    Chris,
    Grudge 2 does have some good jumps, but I was disappointed. While a little bit more exposition is added to explain the evil force, the ending left everything in the air and primed for Grudge 3. Not what I really wanted to see. Things get confused toward the end also.

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    I was let down…. I did not like the 3 pronged story. Too many angles, too little focus… review is forthcoming…

  • Joel Basterdi

    I predict “One Night with the King will top the box office, and by the way, “One Night with the King has gotten great advertising through churches, and espeically TBN network and by News corp, because its done by Foxfaith.

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    “8X Entertainment’s “One Night with the King” earned a respectable $1.5 million yesterday from its 908 locations as it landed in the ninth slot. Not too bad for a movie that had very little marketing behind it.”

    It is 9th. No way it will be the top film. Plus, TBM doesn’t have that wide a reach. Now if Fox promoted it on Fox, it may have done a bit better.

  • gaby

    the Marine was very good. Maybe because John Cena played such a good(and hot)Marine. It was very thrilling and a lot of action. Not to mention explosions. It was very good.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Chris, One Night did surprise you, you must admit. But yes, claims of #1 were dramatically over-reaching. I attend a conservative church and only found out about the movie via the net, the same way I find out about pretty much every movie.

    Then again, my church resists being part of the marketing arm of… well, anybody.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Still, other than One Night and Open Season doing better than you expected, pretty good predictions, man!