Weekend Box Office Preview

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May 24th, 2012

Box Office Preview for Memorial Day Weekend

--New Releases
Everyone's favorite secret agents return to the big screen when "Men in Black III" arrives in theaters on Friday. Director Barry Sonnenfeld helms the comedic action flick, which sees Will Smith returning as Agent J. When Agent J learns that an alien criminal caused mayhem back in 1969, there is only one solution. He has to travel back in time to the 1960s and find the younger version of his partner, Agent K. Working together, the two need to save the day yet again. "Men in Black III" has a PG-13 rating for brief suggestive content and sci-fi action and violence.

Imaginative director Wes Anderson brings a new film to theaters this Friday. "Moonrise Kingdom" is a romantic comedy that has a star-studded cast, including Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis. Set in the 1960s, the story follows a pair of impulsive and quirky young lovebirds. When the two youngsters decide to run away together, the whole town sets out to find them. The film's R rating is due to smoking and suggestive content.

Audiences who are in the mood for a scare are in luck this weekend. "The Chernobyl Diaries" is an atmospheric horror movie from first-time director Bradley Parker. Six thrill-seeking tourists decide to visit the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Led by an eccentric tour guide, the young tourists think that a spooky visit to Pripyat will give them great stories to tell back home. However, they find much more than they bargained for. "The Chernobyl Diaries" has an R rating for language, violence and bloody imagery.

Continuing Films
"Marvel's The Avengers" continues to break records at the box office. Joss Whedon directs the flashy, clever action movie. After the villainous Loki takes Hawkeye prisoner, Nick Fury and Black Widow spring into action to save their teammate. They assemble a team of reluctant superheroes, including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America. What they do not realize yet is that Loki has a whole army of vicious aliens on his side. The movie has a PG-13 rating for intense action sequences and a brief drug reference.

Peter Berg directs "Battleship," a new action film based on the classic board game. When young Lieutenant Hopper is taking part in routine Navy war games, he does not expect to encounter a fleet of bloodthirsty aliens. The fleet of Navy battleships is the only line of defense between the intruders and the rest of the planet. Lieutenant Hopper will have to step up to the plate if he wants to survive and save the day. "Battleship" has a PG-13 rating for intense violence and action sequences, as well as for language.

"The Dictator" stars controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as the undemocratic leader of an African nation. When a trip to the UN goes horribly wrong, the dictator finds himself stripped of his title and all alone in New York City. A bubbly young woman takes pity on him and gives him a job at her organic foods store, but neither of them expects that romantic sparks will fly. The comedy's R rating is due to brief nudity, language, violent imagery and strong crude content and humor. Larry Charles directs.

"Dark Shadows" is another dark and whimsical collaboration between director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp. The vampire Barnabas Collins returns to his old home after decades spent trapped by a vengeful spell. Not only does he have to deal with his uncooperative descendants, he also has to face the gorgeous witch who cursed him. "Dark Shadows" has a PG-13 rating for drug use, mature content, smoking, comic violence and some language.

"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a hilarious comedy from Kirk Jones. Five very different couples all have to deal with unique challenges and problems when they decide to interrupt their lives and become parents. One couple disagrees over adopting, while another new mother has to change all her expectations about motherhood. The PG-13 rating is due to thematic elements, language and crude humor.

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a lighthearted comedic drama from director John Madden. A group of seven British retirees decides that India is the perfect place to start a new life. The Marigold Hotel sounds like an enchanting and luxurious resort, but when the retirees arrive, they find that the ads are a little deceptive. As the new residents adjust to culture shock, they start to understand that India might just be the perfect place for them. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is rated PG-13 for mature situations and language.