New On The Big Screen For This Week
What’s in store the the box office this weekend?
Hollywood keeps pushing what they call the summer movie season earlier and earlier each year. The official kick off for the summer season used to be Memorial Day Weekend. That’s when the hoped-for-big-summer-smash would splash on the silver screen. Then the entertainment world decided to get a jump on the long weekend by opening movies on Thursday instead of Friday. That worked well for a while. But, in hopes of grabbing the biggest box office bang for the buck, it seems Hollywood keeps sliding the summer smash a little earlier every year.
The 2009 summer-season-kick-off will be remembered for an early start, and many franchise relaunches. The first weekend of May saw the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Last weekend it was the rebooted Star Trek franchise. This weekend brings us the follow up to the verbose Da Vinci Code and next weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, has the Terminator franchise blasting onto the big screen once again.
So, just what’s opening this weekend…
Slim Pickin’s For New Movies
Aside from the follow up to the verbose novel and verbose Ron Howard movie Da Vinci Code, there’s not a lot to talk about when it comes to new movies this weekend. As a matter of fact, Angels & Demons is the only movie opening in wide release. A handful of movies are expanding to more screens. Star Trek picks up 11 more screens taking it to a total of 3,860 screens. Obsessed is expanding to 2,634 screens. And for some reason, the forgettable Nick Cage movie Knowing is picking up 48 more screens for a total of 421.
As already mentioned, there’s only one movie opening in a wide-release this weekend…
Angels & Demons – Rated PG-13 on 3,527 screens
Having solved the Da Vinci Code in 2006, Tom Hanks returns for another religious-themed adventure based on the Dan Brown novel of the same name. He reprises his role of symbologist Robert Langdon who’s called upon to save the Vatican from an ancient and secret brotherhood called the Illuminati, which is intent on destroying the Catholic Church and has kidnapped potential candidates to become the next Pope.
Ewan McGregor and Munich actress Ayelet Zurer co-star in this movie directed by Ron Howard.
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