Forgetting Sarah Marshall. (2008, 112 minutes, R, comedy, trailer) The latest comedy from the Apatow producing machine received strong positive word following its showing at SXSW. I can only hope it lives up to the hype, as I am looking forward to it. Jason Segel stars as Peter, who is dumped by Kristen Bell and heads off to Hawaii to get over her, only to find she is there with her new beau (Russell Brand). Joining this trio are Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, and Bill Hader. Frankly, I think this looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. Star Jason Segel also wrote the screenplay, which is being directed by Nicholas Stoller, a screenwriter (Fun with Dick and Jane) making his directorial debut.
Also opening this week, but not near me:
- The Life Before Her Eyes
- Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
Box Office Predictions
Last week the teen horror flick Prom Night easily won the weekend. I suspect that as bad word spreads about the film, it will have a pretty big drop, allowing three of this week's new releases to jump ahead. I would love to say more about what will beat it out, but I think there are still plenty of young film goers looking for the vicarious thrill that the movie purports to provide. Anyway, climbing to the top will be the R-rated comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It may bear an R rating, but it will still draw strongly. That will be followed by the highly anticipated (by me) martial arts action of The Forbidden Kingdom.
Here is how I think the top ten field will play out:
|1||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||$21 million|
|2||The Forbidden Kingdom||$18 million|
|3||88 Minutes||$11 million|
|4||Prom Night||$9 million|
|5||Street Kings||$7.5 million|
|7||Nim's Island||$5.5 million|
|8||Horton Hears a Who!||$3.5 million|
|10||Smart People||$2 million|