Movie Trailers: Opening this Weekend

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This is the weekend a lot of people have been waiting for. This weekend sees the premier of the hotly anticipated film that has had critics, fanboys, science fiction freaks, film buffs and just about everyone I've come in contact with literally frothing at the mouth over finally seeing this on the big screen. Its been hyped, gone viral, had underground virtual reality games based around it, and according to everyone that thinks they know something about film, this will be an academy award winning performance for actors, directors and maybe even the lowly production assistant.

Yes folks, this is the premier weekend for "Space Chimps"

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OK, here are the trailers and synopsis for the three films opening this weekend. One's the latest incarnation of a filthy rich, high-tech vigilante with a penchant for theatrics, one's a chick flick with Meryll Streep singing and dancing and one's got the voices of Andy Samberg and Patrick Warburton as monkeys. OK, chimps. You essentially have at least one choice for every family member this weekend. One for the kids, one for the ladies and one for the rabid geeks. As always, clicking on the film's poster will take you to the official site for that film. Enjoy.

The Dark Knight (PG-13)

Synopsis (courtesy Sizzling Popcorn)
With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and the committed new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham City for good. The triumvirate initially proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces The Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

Judge's Decision: Yeah, I'm there, vat of popcorn in my lap, cell phone turned off, sitting center of the focal point of the speakers, center of the house. All hype aside, the film looks stunning. It's dark. It's mean, it's damn impressive and Christopher Nolan knows how to be dark, mean and impressive. From all the notes I've read about the production, Nolan had a field day with this one. And combine all that effort with the tragic loss of Heath Ledger just after wrapping photography and the fact that he gives a jaw-dropping amazing acting performance as the Joker and you have something that for its genre will stand tall among the titans. Will it break $100 million in three days? My guess is no, but after the first weekend, expect the numbers to continue to climb. This will be a monster opening.

Mama Mia! (PG-13)
This is the story of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads. An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends---practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya---from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

Judge's Decision: Its a chick-flick based on a chick-musical with a bunch of chicks and a few guys that look like buffoons and there's singing and dancing and the Greek isles and more singing and dancing and laughing and (gag, puke, choke, gasp) I can't breathe!

This will come in second in the box office and will be watched by everyone that doesnt like Batman.

Space Chimps (G)

Synopsis: (Thanks to Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide)
A computer-animated comedy following the descendants of the first chimps in space as they blast off for fun and adventure on a far-away planet. Ham III (Samberg) is the grandson of Ham, the first-ever chimp astronaut. This ne'er-do-well chimp may not be the most qualified ape for the job, but a scheming senator (Tucci) has recruited him for a most dangerous mission. It seems that a powerful tyrant (Daniels) has overtaken an alien world, and now it's up to Ham III and his trusty simian crew (Hines and Patrick Warburton) to help overthrow the deep-space despot. Perhaps with some training from Ham III's mentor (Kenan Thompson) and the help of a friendly alien (Kristin Chenoweth) this fearless group of anthropoids can make the universe a safer place for aliens and humans alike.

Judge's Decision: I cant really say much about this. Its got great character voices, and I'm sure it will be fantastic computer animation and it will have a story that's heartwarming and filled with hope and goodness and stuff little kids will love, but did you happen to notice that The Dark Knight was opening this weekend? Do you really think that any kid old enough to speak will make a choice to see this over Batman? Come on, only extra conservative soccer moms that want to take their kids to something wholesome will be filling the theater for this one. My guess is that Space Chimps will probably come in 4th or 5th in the box office race behind Mama Mia!

Overall my prediction for the weekend top five are this:

1. Dark Knight - $75 million
2. Hellboy 2 - $17 million
3. Mama Mia - $16 mil
4. Space Chimps - $13 mil
5. Journey to the Center of the Earth - $10

Tune in Monday to see how far off I was.

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