Blockbuster season week seven is here. It seems like a light week, as neither wide release screams "BLOCKBUSTER." Coming after a week where the expected big movie tanked and the unlikely took to the top of the charts, who knows what will happen this weekend. I do not think we will have any surprises like we did with The Hangover. I suspect things will be a little on the cool side until Transformers arrives. This could be a good week to catch up on films you may have missed like Up, Star Trek, and Drag Me to Hell.
Imagine That. (2009, 90 minutes, PG, family comedy) This is another in the long line of Eddie Murphy family comedies. I cannot say that I am terribly interested in it, and it vaguely reminds me of Bedtime Stories. The story finds Murphy as a man completely focused on his career, so much so that he finds little quality time to spend with his daughter. As a promotion approaches, he begins to fall apart from the stress. This is when his daughter introduces him to her imaginary friends, where he learns to be a kid again, not to mention the answers to his problems. The movie looks rather sweet and a distinct step up from Meet Dave, which was awful, but I cannot say I feel the urge to rush out for this. It may be a good one to take the family to if you cannot get into Up. Karey Kirkpatrick makes his live action directorial debut; he previously helmed Over the Hedge.
- Call of the Wild 3D
- Food, Inc.
- Sex Positive
Box Office Predictions
This week does not seem to offer anything of particular value. I am interested in one of the two, and not so much in the other. This is a tough call to make: will one of these upstarts take to top or will we see a past winner return to the top? I honestly have no idea. There are no sure things on the schedule until Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen arrives in a couple of weeks. I am going to go with a narrow victory for the Denzel/Travolta team up over the latest Pixar masterpiece. I do not see Imagine That being a genuine contender, although I have been known to be wrong from time to time.
Here is how I think it could play out.
|1||The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3||$27 million|
|3||The Hangover||$20 million|
|4||Imagine That||$15 million|
|5||Land of the Lost||$9.5 million|
|6||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||$8 million|
|7||Star Trek||$5 million|
|8||Terminator: Salvation||$4 million|
|9||Drag Me to Hell||$3.25 million|
|10||Angels & Demons||$3 million|