Can you believe we're crossing over into August this weekend? Where did the summer movie season go, and where are all the good films hidden? I kid, of course, this summer has given us some prime entertainment in the form of Star Trek, Harry Potter, Up and, um, yeah – but we still have some ways to go with three new films this week (five if you count the smaller releases), so let's take a look at the players and try to determine which flick will come out on top.
Who Will Win the Weekend (7/31-8/2)
What's the Scoop: Writer-director-producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin) returns to the big screen with his third directorial outing, and first starring Adam Sandler. Apatow favorite Seth Rogen joins Sandler and many others as an up-and-coming comedian who befriends a veteran celebrity (Sandler) and later becomes his apprentice/assistant.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Apatow's first two films are already considered comedic classics, and Adam Sandler always opens a movie strong. This puppy is guaranteed to make $100 million within its first couple weeks…but does it have enough in its tank to take out the new family film?
What's the Scoop: A group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: As G-Force proved last week, the newer the family film, the more in demand it is. With Harry Potter now out of the way, and the summer heat at its hottest, tired parents will no doubt be seeking this sucker out as a way to escape the heat and entertain the kids for a few hours.
What's the Scoop: When an ex-con attempts to rob his employer's country home, he doesn't realize that another criminal with the same plan has rigged the house with tons of deadly traps.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: This isn't opening in that many theaters, but it does provide the scare factor that some might be looking for during a weekend full of comedy and kiddie movies.
When G-Force surprisingly took out Harry Potter in that film's second week, those guinea pigs proved they were a force to be reckoned with. But can they do it again, or will Apatow and Co. beat them at their own game? Sound off below and let us know which film you think will win the weekend…
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Erik is a leading movie commentator who has worked for outlets such as AOL Moviefone and Movies.com.
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