You Pick the Box Office Winner (11/11-11/13)
Not only will is this weekend one of the most popular for those getting married (because the 11/11/11 date looks cool on an invite), but it also marks the quiet before the Twilight storm. Fandango has already sold a ton of Breaking Dawn, Part 1 tickets (have you snagged yours yet?), and we’re fully prepared to watch that monster (or should I say, vampire) devour the box office. But first, we’ve got a 300 lookalike in Immortals, a potential Oscar contender in J. Edgar, and an Adam Sandler movie that features twice the Sandler (though we’re not sure if that means it also comes with twice the laughs too). Let’s take a closer look …
What’s The Scoop: This badass-lookin’ flick comes from visionary director Tarsem Singh and stars soon-to-be-Superman Henry Cavill as a mortal man chosen by Zeus to fight King Hyperion, a ruthless leader out to destroy humanity. Mickey Rourke, Luke Evans, Freida Pinto and Stephen Dorff co-star.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Fans of 300, Clash of the Titans and the genre that features gods and titans battling each other to the death in gold-tinted, hyper-stylized action sequences will find plenty to enjoy here.
What’s The Scoop: Leonardo DiCaprio shows up in tip-top Oscar form for this biopic on the iconic American law enforcement figure, starring opposite Armie Hammer for director Clint Eastwood. The film tracks Hoover’s rise in government, as well as his controversial relationship with his right-hand man, Clyde Tolson, played by Hammer.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Leonardo DiCaprio in old-man makeup (and a dress)? C’mon, who’s turning that down? But seriously, this one comes with Oscar buzz, especially for the lead performances, so it might be worth the watch.
What’s The Scoop: Adam Sandler plays a regular family man whose life is thrown into chaos when his twin sister (also played by Sandler) shows up.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Twice the Sandler equals twice the box office take, right? Is that the rule? God we hope not.
My Pick of the Week: I’m a big fan of anything Werner Herzog puts out, and his latest – the documentary Into the Abyss – is a fascinating series of conversations with a death row inmate and those affected by his crime.
My Prediction: Seeing as Puss in Boots dropped very little in its second week, I’m inclined to pick that as the winner for a third week in a row. If it loses, it’ll be to the 3D Immortals, but we’re gonna stick with the cat in the boots. Why not?
Now it’s your turn – tell us 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.