This Sunday marks Earth Day and as has been the tradition over the past few years, studios are rolling out their nature-themed documentaries to make money off of help celebrate the special day.
Meanwhile, The Hunger Games will look to make it five weeks in a row at the top of the box office. Is the Hunger train running out of steam? It may sound like a sitcom, but a bunch of women thinking like men, a man who thinks like a woman and an adorable chimp look to knock Katniss and company from the top spot. Let's check out this week's contenders…
What's the Scoop: A 3-year-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is ultimately adopted by a full-grown male. Buzz Lightyear himself, Tim Allen, narrates this latest film from DisneyNature.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: If you've learned anything from these box office posts, it should be to never underestimate the power of a family film. With a short running time of 78 minutes, parents won't have to worry about kids losing interest in the film. And besides, who doesn't love adorable little chimps?
The Lucky One
What's the Scoop: The latest from Nicholas Sparks finds Zac Efron as an Iraqi War vet who returns home in search of an unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: They say spring is the season of love and no one is more prominent in the romantic movie genre these days than Nicholas Sparks. How many wives and girlfriends promised to watch The Avengers if…
Think Like a Man
What's the Scoop: Based on Steve Harvey's best-selling book, Think Like a Man, Act Like a Lady, this film adaptation finds four friends who conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Director Tim Story helmed the cult classic Barbershop ten years ago. Of course, he's also directed both Fantastic Four movies and the awful Queen Latifah/Jimmy Fallon flick Taxi. Romance fans who aren't in the mood for the gooey Lucky One might steer toward this film. And don't underestimate the appeal of Kevin Hart, whose Laugh at My Pain concert doc was a breakout hit last year.
My Prediction: Tough one to call. The Hunger Games probably won't repeat for a fifth week at the top, leaving the door open for Think Like a Man and The Lucky One… hmmm… I'll take Think Like a Man's sass over The Lucky One's schmaltz.
Pick of the Week: A couple of limited releases worth checking out include the excellent Marley doc, which shines a light on the life of a music icon and the Korean war film My Way from Je-gyu Kang. Read more about it in our Sleepers to See column.
Ok, now it's your turn to vote. Will Hunger Games repeat or will one of the new contenders knock it off the top?
You Pick the Box Office Winner
I saw The Hunger Games, which was awesome and I would gladly see it again. but this weekend belongs to the newbies. I just saw Think Like A Man last night with my gf Sarah, our friend Peter, and three of my coworkers; Elizabeth, Kate and Jay. We all loved it. we laughed so hard that the dialogue was cut out. and tonight, Sarah and I are going to see The Lucky One. nothing beats a romantic evening like dinner and a good Nicholas Sparks romance film. Plus we owe a lot to Nicholas Sparks, because Sarah and I saw The Last Song the night we met face to face and have been together ever since. so in my opinion about the box office, it'll be The Hunger Games for a fiver by a thread, The Lucky One in second and then Think Like A Man. I love them all
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