'Marmaduke' might be top dog, if not 'Killers' or 'Greek'
Thursday 03 June 2010
With four new films in competition for the top spot at the box office this weekend in the US, it is unclear which will capture the audience's attention. Each one will be seen in about 2500 theaters around the country and each appeals to a specific segment of the audience.
Marmaduke might have the edge as a family film, a genre which normally does well, especially when it comes to talking animal live-action features, such as last year's G-Force and Alvin and the Chipmunks. It also has a naughty-but-loveable-dog movie appeal, like Marley and Me. Based on a comic strip, the character is known, and so is voice talent Owen Wilson, so this comedy could pull out ahead of the pack.
The comedy Killers could win the weekend as the only action movie. The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler didn't bring in big crowds, so the question is whether Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl have more drawing power.
Get Him to the Greek could be a favorite among males who love comedies such as The Hangover. Russell Brand and Jonah Hill who star in this rocker romp don't have a big fan base but it will attract a younger audience.
Splice could be a surprise hit. As a sci-fi horror movie, it might build with word of mouth and strong reviews.
Which means Shrek could take the lead again, performing like How To Train Your Dragon did a couple months ago with a delayed reaction that won by default as the other films in release didn't carry the day.
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