"Brave" may have bested the surprising strong-hold "Madagascar 3," but Scotland's fire-haired heroine might have met her match: Channing Tatum's muscles.
This weekend sees the release of "People Like Us," "Ted" and "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" -- but all eyes are on "Magic Mike." The Steven Soderbergh stripper flick sees Hollywood's hunkiest taking it all off. But, despite its titillating premise, don't forget there have been many box office upsets in the last couple of weeks.
Let's take a look at the all predictions and reviews in Moviefone's Weekend Movie Preview.
What's the story? Featuring a bevy of hotties, and based on Channing Tatum's real-life experience as an exotic dancer, the movie delves into the colorful world of male strippers.
Box-office prediction: Not only does the movie boast a hunk-tastic cast, Soderbergh's comedy has been earning good reviews to boot. Opening in more than 2,900 locations, "Magic Mike" could pull in $30 million.
"People Like Us"
What's the story? A son (Chris Pine) is tasked with the responsibility of taking his deceased dad's fortune to his long-lost sister (Elizabeth Banks).
Box-office prediction: While reviews for "People Like Us" have generally been positive, neither Pine nor Banks offer enough star power to necessarily sway audiences. The film will debut at 2,055 locations and may earn $8 million.
What's the story? As a child, John (Mark Wahlberg) was granted the wish that his teddybear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) would come to life. Now a grown man with a serious girlfriend (Mila Kunis), Ted's causing very grown-up problems.
Box-office prediction: Preying on the adult males with a pension for silly, foul-mouthed humor should be no problem for "Ted"; word around the water cooler has been pretty positive. Screening at 3,000 theaters, "Ted" could earn $24 million.
"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection"
What's the story? Tyler Perry continues his gender bending in "Witness Protection," which imagines a man (Eugene Levy), ruined from his Wall Street ponzi-scheming, in the witness protection program (a.k.a. Madea's house).
Box-office prediction: While Perry is no stranger to box-office success, his last film, "Good Deeds," brought in just $15.6 million. But diehard fans may still line up for the flick. Hitting 2,161 theaters, "Madea's Witness Protection" may collect $18 million.
Karina Longworth (Village Voice)
The few moments wherein Magic Mike calls American institutions into question are undercut and <a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-06-27/film/magic-mike-steven-soderbergh-channing-tatum/" target="_hplink">overshadowed by the film's dated insistence on the dream of legitimacy</a>.
David Rooney (Hollywood Reporter)
Arguably the raunchiest, funniest and most enjoyably nonjudgmental <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/magic-mike-review-341305" target="_hplink">American movie about selling sex since Boogie Nights, its obvious if considerably darker precursor</a>.
Christy Lemire (Associated Press)
[Tatum is] just mesmerizing: confident, creative, acrobatic and, above all, seductive. <a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2012/06/26/review_substance_sex_appeal_mix_in_magic_mike/?rss_id=Boston.com+--+Movie+news" target="_hplink">`Cause that's the whole point</a>.
Joshua Rothkopf (Time Out New York)
If Magic Mike doesn't quite attain the hedonistic stature of twin cautionary tales Boogie Nights and the campy Showgirls, <a href="http://www.timeout.com/us/film/magic-mike" target="_hplink">it can't be faulted for wanting to satisfy on a deeper level</a>.
Peter Debruge (Variety)
Tatum, Soderbergh and team appreciate the real reason audiences showed up, <a href="http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947812?refcatid=31" target="_hplink">and the film provides just enough character and plot to validate the plentiful pecs and abundant buns that serve as its main attraction</a>.
Alison Willmore (Movieline)
[It feels] curiously rudderless, its off-stage journey pale and enervated in contrast with the cheesy, <a href="http://movieline.com/2012/06/27/review-channing-tatum-beefcake-magic-mike/" target="_hplink">ebullient dance numbers it makes room for</a>.
Edward Douglas (ComingSoon.net)
A perfectly solid film but you don't walk away feeling like <a href="http://www.comingsoon.net/news/weekendwarriornews.php?id=91853#a" target="_hplink">you've gotten the entire story about what it's like to be in this world</a>.
Eric Kohn (indieWIRE)
"Magic Mike" has much in common with <a href="http://www.indiewire.com/article/soderberghs-magic-mike-dangles-its-male-strippers-with-skill-but-to-what-end-answer-several" target="_hplink">previous Soderbergh efforts in that it glides along at a terrifically entertaining pace</a>.
Kathleen Murphy (MSN Movies)
Steven Soderbergh's funny, exhilarating, <a href="http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/magic-mike/" target="_hplink">down-and-dirty celebration of a different breed of costumed superstud...</a>
Connie Ogle (Miami Herald)
McConaughey goes for broke, rolling and writhing on the stage while women grab at him and throw cash. <a href="http://www.miami.com/039magic-mike039-r-article" target="_hplink">I would've handed over my credit card</a>.
Inconceivable! This weekend's national releases outnumber the limited flicks, but that doesn't mean they're not worth their salt. Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen's marital bliss is interrupted by an intriguing new neighbor, played by Luke Kirby in "Take This Waltz"; take a reminiscing road trip with the singer/songwriter Neil Young in "Neil Young Journeys"; in "Unforgivable", a man's insecurities drive him to uncover his femme's sexual secrets.
[Predictions via BoxOfficeGuru]
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