While Fast & Furious 6 held on to the number one spot at the box office last weekend, the big surprise was Now You See Me, which had a slight edge over Will Smith’s After Earth. It also had a Cinemascore of “A-” which means Now You See Me will have strong word-of-mouth and hopefully a long life in theatres during the busy summer season.
You can call them the Google crashers as the biggest movie this weekend will be The Internship, which reunites Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in their first movie since their winning combination in The Wedding Crashers.
Canadian Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) directs the pair as out of work salesmen who have to compete as interns at Google in order to score a job. While it is not predicted to surpass the success of The Wedding Crashers, it is said to be an entertaining comedy.
While not getting the usual publicity of the summer blockbusters, The Purge looks to be an original and entertaining thriller which asks the following question: What would you do if for one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences?
Ethan Hawke stars in this speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, who will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal.
The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help.
It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.
Hoping to get a head-start on the Man of Steel next weekend, This is the End opens next Tuesday. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson play fictional versions of themselves as a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles and push the limits of their friendships.
Early word is that this comedy is very funny with an unexpected sweetness that tempers its crudeness.
And next Thursday is your first chance to see the new Superman as there are advance screenings of Man of Steel at Landmark Cinemas’ Grand 10, Paramount & Xtreme starting at 10 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale now.