Yes, the latest Superman adaptation, "Man of Steel," soars into theaters this weekend, and it's expected to have a heroic opening, with studio predictions in the $100 million range.
"Man of Steel" tells the story of Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, aka Superman (Henry Cavill), an alien born on the planet Krypton sent to Earth by his parents as a baby. After discovering his super-human abilities as a child, Clark keeps them a secret and tries to lead a semi-normal life. But when his new world is attacked by a force that humans are powerless to defend themselves against, led by General Zod (Michael Shannon), Clark assumes the identity of Superman and fights to protect the human race. Lawrence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and Amy Adams (as Lois Lane) also star.
To combat the sure-to-be colossal box-office force that is "Man of Steel," apocalypse comedy "This Is the End" got an earlier release, hitting theaters June 12 instead of the previously planned June 14. The Seth Rogen / Evan Goldberg flick tells the story of a bunch of celebrity friends trapped in James Franco's Hollywood Hills home during a series of strange, world-ending events. The core cast consists of Franco, Rogen, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Jay Baruchel (all of whom play "themselves"), but the movie is overflowing with celeb cameos, from Rihanna to Emma Watson.
Speaking of Ms. Watson, she has another movie in theaters this week. The 23-year-old stars in "The Bling Ring," the true story of five teenagers-turned-burglars who targeted the lavish pads of celebrities for more than a year, starting in 2008, before they were caught. The fame-obsessed group tracked the whereabouts of the rich and famous online, and broke into the houses of stars like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Orlando Bloom, among others, while they were out of town.
Which movie are you going to see this weekend?