Opening This Week (10 – 16 Jan, 2011)

10 Jan

Even though Nic Cage thought he had the box office all to himself during the first week in January, he fell short to not one, but two films, True Grit ($15.0 M)  and Little Fockers ($13.8 M), who were in their third week of release, and raked in a measly $10 million.

Nic Cage spent his salary on booze and a better cardboard box.

I think we can expect to see that significantly drop next week, maybe (hopefully) off the Top Ten, especially since it received an atrocious 4% Tomatometer at RottenTomatoes.com.

This week promises to be a little better, with two great directors putting out some wide releases. Here is what is on the docket for this week:

The Green Hornet

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz

Director: Michel Gondry

Synopsis from IMDB: Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: While it looks a little corny and Mythbusters already beat up its plausibility pretty well (which can be seen here), I have a lot of faith in Michel Gondry. Enough faith that I put The Green Hornet on my 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2011. I really hope Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, and the really cool White Stripes music video) doesn’t let me down on this one, but with his visual innovation and dedication to making good films, I don’t think he will disappoint. If nothing else, it should be entertaining.

The Dilemma

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum

Director: Ron Howard

Synopsis from IMDB: A man discovers that his best friend’s wife is having an affair.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: I am on the fence about this one. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James always seem to play the same people, just transported into different films with different premises, so I am inclined to think that this will be more of the same. However, the trailer was pretty humorous and Ron Howard rarely disappoints.

Emphasis on "rarely"

This one would probably be a pretty safe bet for this weekend.

Limited Releases

Ong Bak 3

Rated: R

Starring: Tony Jaa, Dan Chupong

Director: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai

Synopsis from IMDB: Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival returns challenging Tien for a final duel.

Foreign Trailer:

English Trailer:

Chris’ Take: If you watch both of the trailers, they look like two completely different films. If you watch the English one, which is more than a minute shorter, you will think that the whole film is a fight scene involving two elephants and a lot of people, not much a story. The foreign trailer makes a lot more sense and I can’t even understand what they are saying. Apparently, there was an Ong Bak and an Ong Bak 2, but I did not have the privilege of seeing those. If you’re in the mood for some martial arts shenanigans, check out Ong Bak 3, it will deliver the goods.

The Heart Specialist

Rated: Unrated

Starring: Wood Harris, Zoe Saldana, Brian J. White, Mya

Director: Dennis Cooper

Synopsis from RT: A Harvard Medical School graduate (Brian White) arrives for his internship at a hospital in South Florida. When the Chief Resident (Wood Harris) discovers that the Intern has actually come to recapture the girl that got away, he and his girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) conspire to teach a lesson not just about medicine but about true love.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: Um…..I think I’ll be skipping this one. Considering it was actually released in 2006 only to be silently panned before Zoe Saldana blew up in Avatar, it looks like they are trying to re-release it, hoping to bank a bit on her name recognition now. I couldn’t find any pre-reviews, but out of 63 votes on IMDB, it received a rating of 3.5…..so, view at your own risk.

Barney’s Version

Rated: R

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver

Director: Richard J. Lewis

Synopsis from IMDB: The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: This film has a great cast, headed up by the underrated Paul Giamatti and looks like it is beautiful and humorous. I think out of the limited releases this week, this should be the one to try to track down.

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    […] Opening This Week (10 – 16 Jan, 2011) (via Chris and Pac Take on Hollywood) Posted on 11 January, 2011 by Jarle Petterson Even though Nic Cage thought he had the box office all to himself during the first week in January, he fell short to not one, but two films, True Grit ($15.0 M)  and Little Fockers ($13.8 M), who were in their third week of release, and raked in a measly $10 million. I think we can expect to see that s … Read More […]

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