This weeks issue of Entertainment Weekly will be showing a couple of new photos of Ryan Reynolds as The Green Lantern. Here’s a clip from EW‘s article:
Summer 2011 is already shaping up to be quite impressive.
The early buzz on this weekends two big new releases ranges from just ok to pretty damn good. First off, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel is not getting much appreciation from critics. It currently sits at 36 percent fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com. When I saw this preview months ago it reminded me a lot of Prince of Persia. Not really in the subject matter, but the overall tone of the film. I also got the feeling that Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney had just mediocre hits on their hands with these two releases. Both films looked fun, but didn’t really offer something different for moviegoers. I did enjoy Prince of Persia, but thought it could have been better. Audiences will probably feel the same about Sorcerer’s Apprentice…a good, entertaining film, but nothing to get too excited about. The one thing it has going for it is that Nic Cage appears to be having a lot of fun in the role…and he is good playing these types of characters. I see the film falling somewhere in the $25-30 million range for it’s opening weekend, and possibly coming in third place.
It’s going to be a close race between Nic Cage and the second weekend run of Despicable Me. This great little animated film opening way beyond most expectations (except mine!!) and should continue to do a lot of business for weeks to come. Family films can never be underestimated, especially during the summer. I predict that it will take the second spot for the weekend, and pull in another $27-31 million edging out Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
And that brings us to what will be the #1 film this weekend. Christopher Nolan’s Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio will dominate the box office. It currently has an 86 percent fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com and is proving to be a film that most critics adore. It’s 2 1/2 hour run time will cut down on the number of showtimes, which will probably keep it from reaching the $100 million this weekend. No worries though, as it will still pull in close to $85 million. The main thing regarding this film is what will the next few weeks be like for this interesting, yet odd looking film. Mainstream audiences may find it too weird for repeat viewings, and word of mouth may be less than stellar. On the other hand, the curiosity factor may just propel the film to the $300 million mark before it’s all said and done. Could go either way. I plan on seeing it tomorrow evening, and my review will post shortly thereafter.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Toy Story 3, Predators, and Grown Ups should all continue to do well this weekend and post numbers near or above the $10 million mark.
Next week…the return of Angelina Jolie in the action thriller – SALT