The box office winnings were surprisingly smaller than the previous weeks. I like to think that is because of March Madness, but stil I expected a little bit more to happen than Limitless taking the weekend crown with $19 million, beating out Rango which took in $15.3 million and Battle: Los Angeles that dropped significantly to $14.6 million. Hopefully, the box office woes won’t continue as there is at least one potential blockbuster in the lineup for this week:
Starring: Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens
Director: Zack Snyder
Synopsis from IMDB: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.
Chris’ Take: Zack Snyder has a knack for visual flair and I could just watch the trailer for this film over and over again. I hope he is able to match that with a smart and cohesive script. While I could see this as a special effects driven project that tailspins into mass confusion, I have faith that Snyder will pull it all together. If not, I could probably just watch this on Blu-Ray with the sound turned off and still enjoy it.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Starring: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron
Director: David Bowers
Synopsis from RT: In this sequel to 2010’s surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made “wimpy” cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney’s Wimpy Kid” series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.
Chris’ Take: I’ll admit I don’t know a whole lot about this film series, or the series of books upon which it is based, but it doesn’t look like anything special. The laughs that they go for in the previews have been done more tastefully by other kids fare and doesn’t seem to offer anything new.
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Ben Schwartz
Director: Barry W. Blaustein
Synopsis from IMDB: On the day of their Father’s 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family’s most intimate secrets.
Chris’ Take: The cast looks strong and the humor seems to be derived mainly from the script and not from sight gags. I would probably try to track this one down on DVD when it comes out.
White Irish Drinkers
Starring: Karen Allen, Stephen Lang, Nick Thurston, Peter Riegert
Director: John Gray
Synopsis from IMDB: Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert.
Chris’ Take: This looks like The Town, but the location has moved to Brooklyn. Anyway, it looks like a decent heist film, but the early reviews have been mixed.