For the fourth weekend in a row, The Hunger Games was number one at the box offi ce beating out The Three Stooges and Cabin in the Woods, both of which actually performed better at the box office than expected.
The Hunger Games is the first movie to hold on to the top spot for four weekends in a row since Avatar and my prediction is that it will be number one this weekend as well.
The Lucky One is based upon the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, in which Zac Efron plays a soldier returning home to North Carolina after his third tour of duty in Iraq.
He credits a photo he found of a woman (Taylor Schilling) he does not even know for keeping him alive and upon his return finds out her name and where she lives. He takes a job at her family-run kennel and despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving him hope that she could be much more than his good luck charm.
Since it is based upon a Nicholas Sparks novel (The Notebook, Dear John) and directed by Scott Hicks (Academy Award nominee for Shine), expect waterworks.
For the fourth year in a row, Disneynature is releasing a nature documentary in conjunction with Earth Day, the annual global day of awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Continuing the tradition that Earth, Oceans and African Cats started, Chimpanzee is produced by the Jane Goodall Institute and is an intimate look at the world of those primates shot over three years in the tropical jungles of the Ivory Coast and Uganda.
Narrated by Tim Allen, Chimpanzee helps us better understand this exceptionally intelligent species and, similar to other Disneynature releases, a portion of the film’s opening week box office take will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute to help protect chimpanzees and their habitats.
I am not going to pretend I know anything about Mirza: The Untold Story other than that it is a Punjabi action romance film starring Punjabi music stars Gippy Grewal as Mirza and rapper Honey Singh. It is based on the legendary love story of Mirza and Sahiba (Mandy Takhar) who fall in love at a very young age but are forced apart by her disapproving brother.
They reunite in their home town 15 years later, but the brother is now a major gang leader in the city. Mirza decides to infiltrate the gang but his plan is complicated by his love for Sahiba, who is sheltered from her family’s dark business.
Although it is a Punjabi film, it was filmed in Vancouver with some scenes filmed in Penticton. It opens tomorrow at the Paramount Theatre.