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New Movies And Box Office Predictions: Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, Nancy Drew, DOA: Dead Or Alive

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This week brings two new films into wide release, one into a smallish nationwide release, and a sneak peak of what is sure to be a big hit with the family crowd. It is a weekend filled with adaptations from a number of sources. First, there is the sequel to a comic sourced superhero flick, a detective chick from the world of novels and television, and finally a video game translation. Hopefully all of them will offer up something worth watching, something that we all hope for every week.

On another note, we do get the opportunity to see the latest Pixar film, a week before its official release. There are two big reasons to try and catch this one: 1.) It's Pixar and 2.) It's directed by Brad Bird who also helmed the excellent Iron Giant and The Incredibles.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. (2007, 89 minutes, PG, action, trailer) The second time around for this team of heroes will hopefully be a step up from the first. While the first was not nearly as bad as the early word would have had you believe, it was still a disappointment considering the massive potential. The first teaser for this looked better than that entire first film. The team is established and a new foe is here — Silver Surfer, the herald of the planet killer Galactus. I really want to like this, though I think Jessica Alba is horribly miscast as Sue Storm, and the idea of Galactus as a space cloud is a little disconcerting. Still, I find myself anxious to see this one. Tim Story returned to direct the sequel. I think the fact that they are already moving forward with a Silver Surfer solo film could be a good sign.

Nancy Drew. (2007, 98 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) Emma Roberts, niece of Julia, stars in the title role of the teen sleuth. I like to think we already have our Nancy Drew in the form of Veronica Mars of the show of the same name (sadly cancelled after three seasons). This film version seems to be taking an odd route of going comedic, though I never really thought of Drew as a comedic character, much like the Hardy Boys (whose books I read as a kid by the stackload). This film has Nancy investigating the long unsolved death of a movie star. I cannot say I am terribly interested, but this still could prove to be moderately intriguing. Among the co-stars are Rachel Leigh Cook and Tate Donovan. Andrew Fleming wrote and directed the film.

DOA: Dead or Alive. (2007, 105 minutes, PG-13 action, trailer) A video game adaptation, this looks to tread similar ground to Mortal Kombat. I do not have high hopes of this being a good movie. But I think it has the potential to be a lot of very dumb fun. It is based on the fighting game series of the same name, and brings together a cast of attractive ladies and a couple of brutes for some martial arts action. The cast includes Jaime Pressley (My Name is Earl), Sarah Carter (Shark), Devon Aoki (Sin City), Natassia Malthe (Elektra), Eric Roberts (Heroes), and wrestler Kevin Nash. It was directed by Corey Yuen, whose presence should give us some good fight sequences, especially with his past work including Transporter and So Close.

Also opening this week, but not near me:

  • Blood and Tears
  • Eagle vs Shark
  • Fido
  • Gypsy Caravan
  • The Trials of Darryl Hunt

Box Office Predictions
This week promises to be the week of the Surfer. The biggest question regarding the Fantastic Four is just how well will it open. It has the potential of being a big open, but it is not going to be anywhere near the level of May's big three. Plus word on the original film is not the best. Still, the trailers look quite good, and the Silver Surfer looks like a nice new addition. I think it will do well. The rest of the field will be pretty tight. So I will have to make do with my completely unscientific guesstimation process again.

Here is how I think the top ten field will play out:

Rank Title Box Office
1 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer $65 million
2 Ocean's 13 $23 million
3 Knocked Up $18 million
4 Nancy Drew $17 million
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $15 million
6 Surfs Up $12 million
7 Shrek the Third $9 million
8 DOA: Dead or Alive $6.5 million
9 Hostel Part II $4.5 million
10 Spider-Man 3 $2.5 million

What are you seeing this weekend?

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