Weekend Preview (6.23.10)

We have an awkward early edition of Weekend Preview this week as “Knight and Day” jumps into theaters today. We’ll have the same thing next week with “Eclipse,” so I suppose I’ll have to suck it up.

After family films have dominated the box office for the last six weeks , we finally get some movies for, well, grown ups, which is the title of the other movie coming out this week. The shortage of June comedies is officially over.

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Knight and Day (Wed.)

Directed by James Mangold
Written by Patrick O’Neill
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard

The Word: Two of Hollywood’s most bankable stars in Cruise and Diaz re-team up for an all-too-typical film about a crazy spy and the woman he drags along for the ride who doesn’t know how to handle a gun.

Rotten Tomatoes: 59% (mixed)

My Thoughts: No matter how many couches he jumps on, Cruise will always be a terrifically watchable action star and this film looks to work with his quirkiness. I also loved Mangold’s “3:10 to Yuma.” However, I can’t get over how completely unoriginal the film looks.

Recommendation: Worth renting later. It just has that vibe to it — I imagine it won’t be too disappointing, but better films are out there (and will be soon).

Grown Ups (Fri.)

Directed by Dennis Dugan
Written by Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade

The Word: Sandler’s yearly summer entry combines his dearest pals for a more family-geared crowd: a group of buddies reunite (along with their families) for the first time since middle school.

Rotten Tomatoes: 51% (average)

My Thoughts: I admire Sandler trying more of a mainstream appeal and going for classic laughs reminiscent of “The Great Outdoors.” As such, however, I’m not sold that this will be overly funny.

Recommendation: Worth renting later in all likelihood, but I’ll have a review later this week.

Box Office Predictions

Looking at the three-day forecast as I usually do even when a film comes out on Wednesday, I think “Knight and Day” will run out of a lot of steam by the time it gets to Friday, which would deplete it of any chance to become number one for the weekend. Toy Story 3 will easily win the box office again with about $55-60 million.

Next will be Grown Ups. Adam Sandler films have a terrific track record at the box office and with a wider appeal, expect this movie to earn between $35-40 million. Knight and Day slides in here with $25-30 million after being depleted by an early release. It’s hard to downplay a movie with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz (my only lack of confidence this week) but I’m not sure it’s got much else going for it and there’s little guarantee as there is with a Sandler movie.

Finishing things up, The Karate Kid will have its way with fourth place and $15 million at the least and The A-Team will stay on the leader board yet again despite competition from “Knight and Day” with $6-8 million.

  1. Toy Story 3
  2. Grown Ups
  3. Knight and Day
  4. The Karate Kid
  5. The A-Team


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