Holiday Weekend Wrap-Up

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures
May 29th, 2012

Holiday Weekend Wrap-Up

--The MIB proved that they still have what it takes at the box office. “Men in Black III” earned $55 million during its debut weekend, edging Marvel superheroes out of first spot. When Agent J learns that aliens have hatched a plot to kill Agent K, he rushes to his partner’s rescue. The only problem is that Agent J will have to time-travel, trying to fit in with 1960s culture and fight aliens at the same time. Josh Brolin takes over Tommy Lee Jone’s role as Agent K. “Men in Black III” has a PG-13 rating for brief suggestive content, as well as violence and action sequences.

“The Chernobyl Diaries” made $8 million on its debut weekend, landing in fifth place. The spooky thriller follows a group of naïve tourists who decide to pay a visit to Pripyat. The community was once home to dozens of factory workers. In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster turned Pripyat into a ghost town, but now a group of young travelers are about to discover that something still lives in the shadows. The R rating is due to language, violence and bloody imagery.
Other Theatrical Releases

“Marvel’s The Avengers” earned over $36 million during the weekend of May 25th, bringing total earnings to over $531 million. The fun and flashy action movie brings together the Avengers, including Captain America, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye. Together, they must overcome their egos and issues to take on Loki, one of the most intimidating villains the world has seen. The PG-13 rating is due to a brief drug reference and intense action sequences.

“Battleship” earned over $10 million during the weekend. The total gross now equals over $44 million. When Alex Hopper becomes a reluctant member of the U.S. Navy, he never imagines the kind of battles that await him. Alongside his brother, Lieutenant Hopper has to fight a fleet of cunning and bloodthirsty extraterrestrials. The suspenseful action film is rated PG-13 for language, violence and scenes of destruction.

Sacha Baron Cohen stars in “The Dictator.” Haffaz Alladeen is a power-hungry dictator in an African nation, but his life changes when his enemies double-cross him. Abandoned and alone in New York City, Alladeen has to accept a job at an organic foods market. The tyrant just might end up learning something about life. The controversial comedy has an R rating for nudity, language, violent images, mature content and crude humor. “The Dictator” earned $9,600,000 over the weekend and over $41 million in total.

“Dark Shadows” earned an additional $7,515,000 this weekend, with total earnings of over $62 million. The film stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire who returns to his hometown after nearly 200 years. He finds his work cut out for him, including trying to get used to turbulent 1970s culture and dealing with the beautiful witch who cursed him. The PG-13 rating is due to language, smoking, drug use, mature content and comic violence.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” shines a humorous light on parenthood. One husband joins an unconventional group of dads to find support for his impending fatherhood. Meanwhile, a celebrity mom adjusts her glamorous lifestyle. The comedy has a PG-13 rating for crude content, thematic elements and some language. The film earned over $7 million during the weekend and over $22 million in total.

Movies to DVD
Amanda Seyfried stars in “Gone,” a suspenseful thriller that comes out on DVD this Tuesday. When her sister Molly goes missing, nobody takes Jill seriously. The police refuse to listen to her theory that Molly is at the mercy of a kidnapper who also abducted Jill. With nowhere else to turn, the young woman sets out to save her sister and bring the kidnapper to justice. “Gone” has a PG-13 rating for violence, terror, language, drug references and mature content.

“We Need to Talk About Kevin” stars Tilda Swinton in a riveting thriller. When her son Kevin is born, Eva tries her best to be a good mother. She notices strange things about Kevin’s development, but nobody is willing to listen. As her son grows older and his odd behavior intensifies, Eva has to decide between her motherly loyalty and her fear that something bad might happen. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is rated R for mature themes, language, violence and disturbing content.

“Coriolanus” is the first movie from director Ralph Fiennes. The film is based on a play by William Shakespeare. Coriolanus is a fierce General who uses his military cunning to keep his enemies at bay. When he becomes embroiled in local politics, however, Coriolanus begins plotting revenge against the land he used to love. The movie’s R rating is due to extreme violence. Gerard Butler and Ralph Fiennes star.