We're back with another round of box office predictions, and this time the weekend does not bring us one epic, big-budgeted spectacle. Oh no, we're looking at two star-studded films in wide release that are sure to get a rise out of you one way or another, either through song or raunchy, R-rated hilarity. Let's take a closer look, shall we ...
What's the Scoop: Based on the hit Broadway musical, this big-screen adaptation stars everyone from Tom Cruise to Alec Baldwin to Julianne Hough in a story about a small-town girl who looks to fulfill her rock-star dreams in a seedy Los Angeles nightclub, circa 1987.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Because if you grew up during the '80s and rocked out daily to songs like "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," then this film will bring you right back to the days of high hair and cheesy rock ballads. Whether or not that's actually a good thing is entirely up to you.
What's the Scoop: Adam Sandler teams with Andy Samberg on this filthy, R-rated comedy about the world's worst dad (Sandler) who goes looking for his estranged son (Samberg) when he falls on hard times.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: For longtime Adam Sandler fans, here's a film that yanks him out of the silly, PG-rated movies and returns him to his earlier form. So if you dug early, foul-mouthed Sandler, you'll find plenty of laughs here.
My Prediction: Unfortunately I don't think either of these films has what it takes to knock Madagascar 3 from the top spot. Even though Sandler is usually box office gold, the R rating will probably restrict the amount of damage the film will do at the box office. Look for the animated flick to reign supreme once again.
My Pick of the Week: Looking for something with a bit more indie cred? Try Your Sister's Sister, if it's screening in your neck of the woods. It's another solid effort from director Lynn Shelton (Humpday), whose relationship-themed films (like this one) come packed with tons of humor, heart and soul. Keep an eye open for this one as it slowly expands to your area.
Alright folks, now it's your turn -- tell us which film you think will win the weekend box office below.