CATEGORIES Movies, New Releases


If only there was a big movie coming out this weekend. Lolz. 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' arrives in theaters with freight-train like speed, poised to gobble up all possible dollars in the days before Thanksgiving. If vampire sex isn't your speed, there's also 'Happy Feet Two' and 'The Descendants.' To the Weekend Movie Preview!

NATIONWIDE RELEASES

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'
What's the story: Edward. Bella. The wedding of the century. The crazy honeymoon sex. The crazier mutant vampire baby. If you don't know about 'Breaking Dawn Part 1' or 'Twilight,' catch up on Wikipedia.

Box-office projection: To paraphrase the immortal marketing campaign for 'Clash of the Titans': Records! Could! Fall! Summit Entertainment is very conservatively estimating that 'Breaking Dawn Part 1' could earn upward of $125 million over the three-day weekend, but come on; this is 'Twilight,' y'all! 'Eclipse,' the last entry in the series, grossed $157 million over the five-day July 4th holiday in 2010, while 'New Moon' earned $142 million on this weekend in 2009. Anticipation feels higher than ever for 'Breaking Dawn' (like that could even be possible) -- which seems, in large part, due to the fact that there have been a severe lack of female-driven movies in theaters in recent weeks. Could 'Breaking Dawn Part 1' top 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' -- which earned $169 million during its debut weekend -- for biggest opening ever? 'Breaking Dawn' is not in 3D, which hurts, but: possibly. Sky's the limit on this one. $163.3 million



[Showtimes & Tickets | Mr. Moviefone's Six-Second Review]



'Happy Feet Two'
What's the story: A sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 smash 'Happy Feet,' 'Happy Feet Two' finds Mumbles (Elijah Wood) and his son trying to save their tribe. With dancing.

Box-office projection: .The first 'Happy Feet' opened on this weekend in 2006 and tapped its way to $41 million in ticket sales. Of course, there was minimal competition then: 'Casino Royale' was the other big release (James Bond ain't Edward Cullen) and the only other family film in circulation was 'Santa Clause 3.' 'Happy Feet Two' reaches theaters on the same day as 'Breaking Dawn' and is forced to share multiplex space with leggy hit 'Puss in Boots.' Being in 3D and IMAX should help, but don't be surprised if 'Happy Feet Two' earned slightly less than the original. Slightly. $39.1 million



[Showtimes & Tickets | Mr. Moviefone's Six-Second Review]




LIMITED RELEASES

Released on Wednesday and expanding to more limited theaters on Friday, George Clooney leads 'The Descendants,' the latest film from acclaimed director Alexander Payne. In the dramedy, Clooney -- already festooned with Oscar buzz -- plays Matt King, a Hawaii resident who finds out his comatose wife was cheating on him. Payne, who hasn't made a film since 'Sideways' in 2005, tows the line between comedy and drama, and 'The Descendants' is sure to be on the short list of Best Picture favorites come January.

[Photo: Summit]



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