And it's on! We always see some weird box office stories creep up during the summer movie season, and this weekend is serving up exactly that. We have a giant big-budgeted monster movie that's actually arriving as a bit of an underdog, and its stiff competition is coming in the form of a silly Adam Sandler-led comedy. This weekend it's the funny guys vs. the giant guys. Who will win? Will either survive? Let's take a closer look...
What's the Scoop: It's being sold as a robots-vs.-monsters movie and that's pretty much exactly what it is. Guillermo del Toro's passionate and colorful homage to Godzilla and anime is surprisingly chock-full of all kinds of awesome. Imagine your childhood memories of playing with action figures brought to life on the big screen... and you didn't even have to clean your room afterwards!
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Despite some bad tracking numbers earlier this month, Pacific Rim has been riding a tremendous amount of buzz online and in particular on various social sites. It's garnered enough good word that as of yesterday the film was leading all advance ticket sales right here on Fandango.
What's the Scoop: Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James and Chris Rock return (minus Rob Schneider for some reason) for this sequel, which again follows the trials and tribulations of family life, fart jokes and animals that urinate on you. This time the guys square off against an unruly pack of frat boys led by a surprisingly funny Taylor Lautner.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: The first one did great business and while the humor is a touch lowbrow, Sandler's accessible comedy plays well for a lot of people. It may not be the best, but it's comfortable and familiar, and sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered.
My Prediction: Man, I don't know where to go this weekend. I'm a huge dorky fan of Pacific Rim, and so I'll send some good vibes its way by predicting its triumphant win over Grown Ups 2.
My Pick of the Week: Duh, it's the one with the giant robots fighting giant monsters. Pacific Rim FTW!
Alright folks, now it's your turn. Sound off below and tell us what you're watching this weekend, as well as which movie you think will top the box office.