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New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Drillbit Taylor, Shutter, Meet the Browns

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First off, Happy Easter weekend! I hope you all have pleasant family gatherings and that those gatherings translate to some family fun at the movie theaters! What better way to spend some time together than sitting quietly in a darkened room watching a movie? That’s right! Probably nothing!

This weekend sports the release of three movies into the deep end of the pool, including a Judd Apatow-produced comedy, a horror remake, and the latest from Tyler Perry. What does that mean? It means the surprisingly good Horton Hears a Who will once again top the box office.

Drillbit Taylor (2008, 102 minutes, PG-13, comedy, trailer) The first Judd Apatow-produced comedy of the year is upon us, the first of many. It seems as if every other comedy has his fingerprints on it somewhere. Not that it is a bad thing, but there is sure to be some backlash soon, even if the films still maintain some level of quality, which I hope they do.

This film is helmed by Steven Brill (Without a Paddle, Little Nicky) and penned by Kristofer Brown and Seth Rogen (Superbad) from a story they collaborated on with John Hughes (Sixteen Candles). The story centers on a trio of high school freshman who need some help dealing with bullies. Enter Owen Wilson as the title character. Much comedy ensues. I think it looks pretty funny, even if there are overtones of a toned down Superbad.

Shutter (2008, 85 minutes, PG-13, horror, trailer) The Asian horror remake march continues. Following January’s One Missed Call and February’s The Eye, comes this remake of a Thai film. Frankly, it does not look much different than most of the others. If you pay attention to all of the remakes, you are sure to believe all Asian horror tales center on undead spirits with long stringy black hair and make weird noises. This seems to continue the trend, adding in a touch of White Noise.

I cannot say I have high hopes for Shutter, although I am willing to be surprised, as I was with The Eye (it wasn’t good, but it was effectively creepy). The remake is the English language debut for Japanese director Masayuki Ochiai. He works from a script from first-timer Luke Dawson. The film stars Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers).

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008, 100 minutes, PG-13, drama/comedy, trailer) You know, I have never had much of an interest in Tyler Perry’s films. Even when they look halfway decent I have never had a desire to sit through one. I don’t know quite what it is. This is one of those that looks pretty good, with the moment ruined by the appearance of Madea, who seems to suck the life out of every moment I see.

Angela Bassett stars as a single mother who has lost her job at the same moment she learns the father she never knew has died. She gathers her family together and heads off to meet the family she never had. This causes much conflict among the grieving family. It looks to be another heartwarming tale of family togetherness. Who knows? Perhaps this will be the one I see.

Also opening this week, but not near me:

  • Irina Palm
  • Love Songs
  • Planet B-Boy
  • Race
  • Under the Same Moon

Box Office Predictions
This will be an interesting weekend at the box office. With the Easter holiday, it is likely we will see totals much smaller than last week. Considering there is a holiday, I have a feeling Horton Hears a Who is going to repeat as the top film. Family-friendly will rule the weekend. With so many families getting together, it is likely they will want to see a film as a family, and Horton would appear to be the best bet, although it is not likely to reach anywhere near the $45 million it made last weekend.

On a non-holiday weekend, I would have said Drillbit Taylor was a shoe-in for the top spot. It will still have a good opening, just not at the top. Meet The Browns should also be looking at some success, Tyler Perry has a proven track record that speaks for itself.

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

Rank Title Box Office
1 Horton Hears a Who $25million
2 Drillbit Taylor $19 million
3 Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns $17 million
4 Shutter $9 million
5 10,000 BC $8 million
6 College Road Trip $4.5 million
7 Never Back Down $4 million
8 Vantage Point $3.5 million
9 The Bank Job $3 million
10 Doomsday $2.5 million

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