Weekend Box Office Preview

March 23rd, 2012

This coming weekend will see several new motion pictures opening up across the country. Perhaps most anticipated is The Hunger Games, a new film from director and screenwriter Gary Ross. Based on the popular novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where North America is ruled by a tyrannical government known as The Capitol. Every year The Capitol selects two teenagers from its districts to compete in the Hunger Games, a winner-takes-all competition that is televised across the country. The Hunger Games will be in theaters and IMAX March 23. It is rated PG-13, for violence and disturbing images.

This weekend will also be great for fans of romantic comedies and dramas, with several debuting in limited theaters. Director Michael Knowles brings the story of 35-year-old man coming to terms with the rut he's found himself in. Faced with the possibilities for change, he must examine what he wants most out of life, in The Trouble With Bliss. Rated PG-13, in select theaters.

Musical Chairs, from director Susan Seidelman, follows the story of a ballroom dancer who finds herself confined to a wheelchair after an accident. Forced to retire from dancing, she drifts apart from her partner and love interest. When a wheelchair ballroom dancing competition is announced, they are reunited and learn that anything is possible. Not rated, in limited theaters.

4:44 Last Day on Earth, starring Willem Dafoe, is a story that focuses on a couple who is coming to terms with the end of the world. With only an afternoon left, this provocative film from director Abel Ferrara explores the depth of human love and hope. Not rated, in limited theaters.

Director Terence Davies' new release, The Deep Blue Sea, explores the fate of a middle aged woman, Hester, who leaves her husband for a young man, believing that she will find happiness and a better life. Finding regret in her choices, Hester attempts suicide, leading to a series of events which force her to reexamine her choices and what it means to be happy. Rachel Weisz stars. Rated R for a scene of sexuality and nudity, in select theaters.

October Baby, from directors Jon Erwin and Theresa Preston, follows the story of Hannah, a young woman who finds herself suddenly stricken with an alarming illness. Doctors discover her problems are the result of a difficult birth. When this is known she is shocked to discover that she was adopted. In a journey to uncover her origins, learning about herself and life along the way. Rated PG-13 for mature themes, in limited theaters.

A couple documentaries will be hitting limited theaters as well this weekend. Directed by Douglas Tirola and starring Matt Damon, All In - The Poker Movie shares the history of poker, from the game's popularity boom in underground New York clubs, to the rise of casino gambling, to the birth and fall of poker online. Not rated, in select theaters.

Award winning director Lee Hirsch's Bully documents and investigates the issue of conflict in schools and explores causes and possible solutions. Following five kids and families through a school year, Bully presents a personal, character-driven view into violence among children. Rated R for some language, in limited theaters.

Finally, in The Raid: Redemption, director Gareth Evans brings to the screen an action-packed story of an elite special-forces squad attempting to extract a notorious crime boss from an apartment in the slums. When things don't go according to plan, squad member Rama is forced to take charge to lead his team out of danger with their lives while under siege by dangerous criminals. Rated R for strong violence and language, in select theaters.