Opening Weekend Preview for May 20th

Movie Theater Box Office

Wherein we preview those movies invading the box office this weekend.  This week is all about Pirates.

There’s basically one movie opening this weekend: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is a continuation-slash-reboot of Disney’s Pirates franchise.  The first 3 films, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) have grossed $2.6B worldwide, and Disney is hoping to capitalize on a 4-year hiatus and a bit of cast changes.  There’s also been a directorial change, as Rob Marshall comes on board and hopes that his Pirates installment fares a little better than his last theatrical outing, Nine.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the Fountain of Youth.  Geoffrey Rush returns, and Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane join the cast for the latest adventure.  On Stranger Tides opens nationwide on Friday, May 20.

Also opening this week, but in limited release, is Woody Allen’s latest, Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams as a couple visiting Paris.  The trailer isn’t entirely clear on whether or not there’s anything going on between McAdams’s character and the bearded man and it’s even less clear on whatever the hell is going with Owen Wilson as he traipses about Paris.  Midnight in Paris boasts some Academy Award-winning talent (Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard), as well as my cousin’s favorite first lady, Carla Bruni.

Lastly, we have Louder Than a Bomb, which follows four Chicago-area students as they prepare for and participate in the world’s biggest youth slam (presumably poetry slam).  Sure to tug at your heartstrings, Louder Than a Bomb opens in limited release.

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