CATEGORIES Movie NewsThis weekend, it's a face-off between intergalactic crime fighters and earth's mightiest (box-office) heroes.
Friday sees the release of "Men in Black III," which reunites Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the alien-besting duo. While the series has historically brought in big box office numbers, does it have enough power behind it to potentially knock the superhero flick from its top spot?
Let's take a look at the box-office predictions, in Moviefone's Weekend Movie Preview.
"Men in Black III" What's the story? The third chapter of the extraterrestrial-policing series sees Agent J (Will Smith) traveling back in time in order to right history and save the life of his partner, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). Box-office prediction: The first two "MIB" films brought in a boatload of cash -- over $1 billion worldwide -- however, the newest film comes a decade after its predecessor. "MIB III" has the benefit of being released during a holiday weekend, coupled with some pretty strong reviews. Opening in over 4,000 theaters including 278 IMAX, the film could gross $77 million. [Showtimes and Tickets]
"Chernobyl Diaries" What's the story? The thriller imagines six tourists who decide -- for fun -- to visit the home of Chernobyl nuclear reactor workers. Despite the area being deserted for over 25 years, the group soon realizes that they are not alone. Box-office prediction: Typically, audiences are lining up in droves for summer horror flicks, unless they're targeted to a back-to-school audience. "Chernobyl," which is rated R, is angling for the young-adult audiences and is relying on its found footage buzz. Screening in over 2,400 theaters, "Chernobyl Diaries" could earn $12 million this weekend. [Showtimes and Tickets]
LIMITED RELEASES While there aren't a ton of national releases hitting theaters this weekend, there's enough on the limited side to tickle your fancy. Wes Anderson continues his twee-takeover with "Moonrise Kingdom"; the animated feature, "Arjun," tells the tale of a young price who took on an entire army for peace; James Cromwell stars in the heartwarming story, "Cowgirls N Angels" about a girl in search of her father; SXSW favorite, "Hide Away," tells a story of a businessman who tries to restore his life via fixing up an old sailboat; "The Intouchables" is about a wealthy widower whose unlikely caretaker helps restart his life; in the 1970s-set "Mighty Fine," a family moves from Brooklyn to New Orleans, in hopes of a better life; the documentary "OC87" follows a man struggling with mental illness while continuing his filmmaking aspirations; and in "Oslo, August 31," a man deals with his drug-addictive past.