'Tron: Legacy' aims to win the box office race
Thursday 16 December 2010
This weekend, the sci-fi thriller,
Tron: Legacy, the 3D sequel to the 1982 cult favorite,
Tron, is likely to dominate the box office in the US and around the world. The film stars Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, who reprises his role as videogame programmer Kevin Flynn.
Other films opening this weekend include the animated Yogi Bear in 3D with voice talent including Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake and How Do You Know, a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.
Tron: Legacy's stylized computer-generated world of digital virtual realities could be this December's biggest blockbuster and create a new generation of fans to the franchise. But with the number of other choices in cinemas this weekend, it might not draw the US ticket sales that sci-fi epic Avatar generated - $77,025,481 per Box Office Mojo - in its opening weekend last year.
Oscar contenders will also appeal to audiences this weekend, such as The Fighter, a boxing story starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, expanding into 2,200 theaters, and Black Swan starring Natalie Portman also releasing wider. Another film vying for awards consideration is Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman goes into a limited run.
The 3D mix of computer animation and human actor, Yogi Bear, will appeal to families. As a former cartoon series, parents should enjoy it with their kids, for this year's Alvin and the Chipmunk's type fare.
Finally, the holiday season's only romantic-comedy How Do You Know from director James L. Brooks could repeat the success of 2009's It's Complicated.
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