CATEGORIES Movie NewsIf you're heading to the movie theater this weekend, don't worry, you have not slipped into an alternate universe. At first glance, it may feel like the late '90s with this week's crop of releases, but rest assured that it is in fact 2012.
First up is "American Reunion," the fourth -- seventh if you count those straight-to-DVD B-flicks -- chapter in the "American Pie" franchise. (The first film was released all the way back in 1999.) Then there's the re-release of James Cameron's "Titanic 3D." (To think, it was only 15 years ago when pre-teen girls were running to the theater just to swoon and cry over poor Leo DiCaprio.)
Will these two films have the strength to take out "The Hunger Games" at the box office? Let's find out in Moviefone's Weekend Movie Preview.
"American Reunion" What's the story: The whole gang is back! For real this time! (The last big "Pie" flick, "American Wedding," was missing Chris Klein, Mena Suvari and Tara Reid.) In "Reunion," Jim (Jason Biggs) and company head back home for their -- you guessed it -- high-school reunion, where we now find our favorite characters coming to grips with being adults. Stifler's there, Jim's dad there, and, obviously, Stifler's mother is there, too. Box office prediction: The "American Pie" series has a strong fan base. (Universal wouldn't have been able to make so many without them.) The last film made a respectful $33 million on opening weekend, so expect something similar this time around. $24 million
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What's the story: Do you really not know the story? The film follows the fateful voyage of the RMS Titanic, which ended up striking an iceberg and sinking on April 15, 1912. Here, the movie is about steerage passenger Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the upper class Rose (Kate Winslet). They fall in love, dance an Irish jig and, well, you know the rest. Box office prediction: "Titanic 3D" was released on Wednesday, so it already has a leg-up on the competition. (It took in $4.5 million on opening day.) Right now, the film is tracking neck-and-neck with "Hunger Games." You'll probably have to wait until Sunday to see which movie sinks (sorry). $30 million
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If you're scared of ATMs, you'll want to avoid the horror movie "ATM." The film "The Assault" tells the real story of a 1994 Paris hijacking. You don't have to be a comic-book geek to enjoy Morgan Spurlock's "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope," where the documentarian follows the story of five attendees. Willem Defoe plays a mercenary in "The Hunter," whereas Michel Piccoli plays his holiness in "We Have a Pope." Then there's the noir-horror flick "Keyhole" and, last but not least, the Mario Van Peebles-directed "We the Party."