Weekend Box Office Preview

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Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, this supernatural dramedy film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as a 200-year-old vampire by the name of Barnabas Collins. After being imprisoned in an underground tomb, Collins is accidentally freed and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas' cousin and the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family.
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
May 10th, 2012

Weekend Box Office Preview

--New Releases
Director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp team up yet again in “Dark Shadows,” due out in theaters this Friday the 11th. Based on a supernatural soap opera from the 1960s, the comedic fantasy focuses on Barnabas Collins, an unapologetic playboy. When he accidentally brings out the bad side of a beautiful witch, Barnabas gets more than he bargained for. He’s transformed into a vampire and locked away in a grave for all time … or at least until 1972, when Barnabas is unexpectedly freed from his prison. He finds that everything has changed, and his descendants are not too happy to see him. The atmospheric comedy is rated PG-13 for drug use, smoking, language, mature content and comedic violence.

Jason Ritter stars in “A Bag of Hammers,” due out in theaters with a limited release. Brian Crano directs the quirky drama about a pair of best friends with an unconventional attitude towards life. They make a living out of petty crimes, not really interested in growing up or accepting responsibility. When they meet a neglected little boy without a real family, however, the two friends are forced to change their outlook. “A Bag of Hammers” is unrated.

“Girl in Progress” is a new comedic drama from director Patricia Riggen. Eva Mendes stars as Grace, a single mother who struggles to be a good mother to her teenage daughter, even though she is not very mature or responsible herself. Although Grace hopes to turn her life around, her daughter is slowly losing patience. Grace will have to change her ways if she hopes to be a good role model. The touching drama is rated PG-13 for teenage drinking and mature content.

Director Derick Martini brings a controversial comedic drama to theaters this weekend. “Hick” is about a young girl who feels stifled by the boredom and predictability of her small Nebraskan hometown. She sets off in search of adventure, which she hopes to find in Sin City. Unfortunately, she meets plenty of other strange people and situations before she reaches her destination. The hip and edgy coming of age story is rated R for disturbing content, language, drinking and violence. “Hick” is available in select theaters on Friday, May 11th.

Continuing Films
Fans of superhero movies have something new to get excited about. “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together some of the most beloved Marvel superheroes in an epic action movie. The film is directed by Joss Whedon and has an all-star ensemble, including Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo. When it becomes clear that Loki is plotting to overtake the planet and rule over mankind, heroes such as Iron Man and Hawkeye are the last line of defense. Since Loki has aliens on his side, however, it might be too late. The suspenseful and action-packed film is rated PG-13 for intense violence and action sequences, as well as a drug reference.

Chris Brown and Gabrielle Union star in “Think Like a Man,” a clever romantic comedy from director Tim Story. A group of women decide to improve their love lives by turning to advice from a popular relationship advice book by Steve Harvey. Even though they try to play by the rules, the men in their lives are not always willing to play along. The comedy is rated PG-13 for mature content, crude humor and drug use.

Zac Efron plays a young Marine with a special mission in “The Lucky One.” Logan is stationed in Iraq. During his darkest hours, he has a token of hope: a photograph of a beautiful young woman. Unlike most of his fellow soldiers, however, Logan does not carry a photo of his wife or girlfriend. He has never met the woman in the photo. When he’s on leave, Logan decides to change this. The romantic drama is directed by Scott Hicks and rated PG-13 for violence and mature content.

“The Five-Year Engagement” is about Tom and Violet, two young people who are madly in love with each other. Tom proposes to Violet after a year, but their wedding keeps getting postponed. Between relatives, jobs, school and flirty friends, it seems the two may never make it to the altar. Nicholas Stoller directs the romantic comedy, which is rated PG-13 for language and suggestive content.

Katniss Everdeen is the hero of “The Hunger Games.” Set in a bleak and dangerous future, the sci-fi action epic focuses on the televised life-or-death competition that takes place between 24 teenagers. Chosen at random, these teenagers must fight until only one victor is left alive. Katniss can only hope she manages to survive without taking too many lives. The film is directed by Gary Ross and rated PG-13 for strong violence and disturbing images.