Last weekend, "Men in Black 3" finally dethroned box-office marvel "The Avengers," with the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones-led sequel raking in $55 million over the Memorial Day weekend. However, Kristen Stewart's turn as "the fairest of them all" may prove "MIB's" victory to be short-lived.
"Snow White and the Huntsman," hitting theaters Friday, stars K-Stew as the fair-skinned lead, Charlize Theron as the beauty-sucking Queen and Chris Hemsworth as the weapon-wielding Huntsman. Will the trio be able to knock "MIB" from the top spot? Let's take a look at the box-office predictions and reviews in Moviefone's Weekend Movie Preview.
"Snow White and the Huntsman"
What's the story? Kristen Stewart plays the damsel-in-distress in this updated spin on the classic fairytale. Here, the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron) attempts to destroy the fairest of them all by hiring the brave Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to kill her. Not surprisingly, it doesn't go according to plan.
Box-office prediction: With solid marketing, various F-bombs and Twi-hards' dedication to Stewart, "Snow White" should be sitting pretty this weekend. Opening in 3,772 theaters, "Huntsman" could earn around $47 million.
David Edelstein (NY Mag)
<a href="http://nymag.com/movies/reviews/snow-white-and-the-huntsman-2012-6/" target="_hplink">The movie's revisionist tone is startlingly enough to carry you along</a>.
Nick Pinkerton (Village Voice)
A film that's considerably longer than it needs be, in which the evocative eloquence of storybook pictures is consistently garbled by the need to overexplain and psychoanalyze.
Ed Gonzalez (Slant Magazine)
As feminist fantasy, the film is non-committal, and as a reimagining of the fairy tale, <a href="http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/snow-white-and-the-huntsman/6319" target="_hplink">it's at best expensive-looking without seeming wantonly so</a>.
Keith Uhlich (Time Out New York)
The film ... proceeds with a deliberateness rare in a big-budget franchise starter; you can sense the hand of coscreenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) <a href="http://www.timeout.com/us/film/snow-white-and-the-huntsman" target="_hplink">in the story's always involving, slow-build structure</a>.
Marshall Fine (Hollywood & Fine)
It's better than you expect - <a href="http://hollywoodandfine.com/reviews/?p=5014" target="_hplink">but its length and self-seriousness probably make it too stolid and dark for the fairy-tale demographic</a>.
Josh Winning (Total Film)
A visually inventive, deliciously dark fairytale reheat. The story's far from the stuff of legend, <a href="http://www.totalfilm.com/reviews/cinema/snow-white-and-the-huntsman?ns_campaign=reviews&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=totalfilm&ns_linkname=0&ns_fee=0" target="_hplink">but Theron makes for a ferocious meanie, helping to flush away Mirror Mirror's sugary aftertaste</a>.
Dan Jolin (Empire Magazine)
<a href="http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=137177" target="_hplink">A strong visual style tussles with flaccid storytelling in this ambitious retelling of Grimm</a>.
Tim Robey (Daily Telegraph)
Hemsworth looks every bit the rugged outdoorsman, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/9294293/Snow-White-and-the-Huntsman-review.html" target="_hplink">so it's a pity how disposable the script makes him</a>.
Roz Laws (Birmingham Post)
Apparently there are at least 15 more fairytale films in production, including two each based on Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan, <a href="http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/film-news/2012/05/30/movie-reviews-snow-white-and-the-huntsman-the-angels-share-men-in-black-3-cafe-de-flore-65233-31078934/" target="_hplink">but I doubt many of them will look as good as this</a>.
Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
Despite some stunning effects work, this is a disappointing and frequently dull fairy tale adaptation that flounders thanks to dodgy performances, <a href="http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/films/snow-white-and-the-huntsman-film-review-43880.html" target="_hplink">leaden dialogue and a crucial lack of both humour and action</a>.
While there's only one wide release this weekend, there are limited releases a plenty Set amid Mexican civil war, Andy Garcia plays an ex-general who ends up becoming a source of inspiration in "For Greater Glory"; kids compete in an underground dance circuit in "Battlefield America"; in "High School", Adrian Brody plays a corn-rowed pothead who makes two students' marijuana dreams come true; things get bloodier and boobier in the troubled waters of "Piranha 3DD"; in "Sexual Chronicles of a French Family," a boy breaks through his family's sexual taboos with a very intimate video; when a girl gets turned down for the prom, she creates her own violant celebration in "The Loved Ones"; in the animated film, "A Cat in Paris," a house cat moonlights as a parisian thief; the documentary "U.N. ME" exposes the truth behind the U.N.; based on the Swedish crime stories, "Wallander" follows an investigator's siege of Sweden's underbelly; "Chely Wright: Wish Me Away" follows the life tumult and success of the titular singer; "6 Month Rule" follows a bachelor who professes to have it all figured out, until he meets the girl of his dreams.