Weekly Box Office: Drunks, Pandas, and a Memorial Day Trailer Extravaganza

Chicago Theater Marquee

Unsurprisingly, The Hangover II dominated the box office this weekend, with Kung Fu Panda 2 coming in second.  To help ease you into the last day of your long weekend (if you are so fortunate), we’ve got a whole number of dropped trailers this week to preview.

Weekend Box Office (5/27/11)

As expected, the drunken festivities of The Hangover II proved to be the weekend’s biggest draw, pulling in a very respectable $86.5M for the weekend gross, but with a total gross of $118M (as it opened on Thursday).  Kung Fu Panda 2 also drew a respectable $48M weekend gross and $54M total.

  1. The Hangover II, $86M (opening weekend), with an overall gross of $118M
  2. Kung Fu Panda 2, $48M (opening weekend), with an overall gross of $54M
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $39.3M
  4. Bridesmaids, $16.4M
  5. Thor, $9.37M
  6. Fast Five, $6.6M, with an overall gross of $196M [will it break $200M?]
  7. Midnight in Paris, $1.92M (opening weekend), with an overall gross 0f $2.82M
  8. Jumping the Broom, $1.9M
  9. Something Borrowed, $1.84M
  10. Rio, $1.78M

Trailers (of Note)

We’ll start this week with George Clooney in The Descendants, which hopefully will fare better than The American.  Clooney stars as the husband of a woman who is dealing with some undisclosed issues – and oh yeah, who was cheating on him.  Typical feel-good, inner self discovery and enlightenment fare, combined with family time, a Hawaiian backdrop, and a one-time America’s Sexiest Man Alive.  We’ll see if this is a big enough draw to own the box office.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues a string of (presumed-to-be) good decisions by starring in 50/50 with Seth Rogen, whose friend’s own battle with cancer is the basis of the movie.  Bringing a lighter tone to what’s surely a depressing subject, the real question is whether or not we can buy Anna Kendrick as JGL’s therapist (first look judgement: NO, we don’t).


Now normally I wouldn’t post this whack handheld recording of the red band trailer for the US version of the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but its a movie that you can expect to hear a lot of hype about as its release date (not until CHRISTMAS!) draws near.  We’ll hear buzz about the books, the violence, and numerous comparisons to the Swedish versions, which I have it on good authority are incredible.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is directed by David Fincher, and stars, among others, James Bond, Captain von Trapp, and Rooney Mara.  I’m not really feeling the trailer, but hopefully it will live up to the impending hype.


The Whistleblower stars James Bond’s current girlfriend (and one of my girlcrushes) Rachel Weisz as, well, a whistleblower investigating slash exposing a sex trade.  The UN is involved, as are David Strathairn, a significantly aged-looking Monica Bellucci, and Vanessa Redgrave.


For the kiddies this week, we got our first peek at Happy Feet 2, which is full of warm fuzziness and singing, dancing penguins.


Now normally, I’d just link you to the rest of the trailers, but it being a holiday and all, let’s just post them all.

Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell star in A Little Help, which actually looks very cute, and is not to be confused with The Help.  Although I’m not sure how much we can say Chris O’Donnell stars, because – spoiler alert! – he dies!


Leading the nostalgia charge is The Muppets movie, which has two teaser trailers out.  One is the “Official Fuzzy Pack” trailer, below.

The other, the “Green with Envy” trailer, is a bit longer and was attached (at least for me) to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.  I love the Muppets as much as any other perma-kid, but I’ve got to say that even as teaser trailers, these aren’t getting me that excited.  I’m going to withhold judgement until the full trailer drops, but expect this one to do well, as the first Muppets movie in over a decade.


Hot on the heels of The Muppets is another childhood favorite, The Smurfs, starring everyone’s favorite, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, whom you probably know from “Glee”, but whom I know from “Heroes” and “Ugly Betty” (where, incidentally, she played characters named Charlie on both shows), a near-unrecognizable Hank Azaria, and a bunch of other famous people doing voices.


I’m not sure I’m feeling Good Neighbors, starring Jay Baruchel and Scott Speedman.  At first I thought it looked okay, because you know, it reminded me of “Law & Order”, and maybe it’s just the way the trailer’s cut, but I’m not particularly compelled to see it.  And here’s hoping that the Scott Speedman-related spoiler is a major red herring.


Michael Shannon and Tree of Lifer Jessica Chastain star in Take Shelter about a guy who may or may not be crazy, delusional, and hallucinating, who decides to build a tornado shelter in his backyard.  All kinds of conflicts ensue.  I’m not sure on the timing of this trailer’s release, given the recent tragedies in Joplin though.


We Are the Night is yet another vampire film, this time with a not-so-subtle lesbian undertone.  The trailer is bad.  The movie looks worse.  I’m amazed this isn’t going straight-to-DVD.  The good news is that it’s sure to wind up in the bargain bin at your local Best Buy.


Life 2.0 is a critically acclaimed documentary about people’s second lives online.  I’m not sure if it only follows people on Second Life itself, but I’m pretty sure if you just find someone who plays World of Warcraft religiously, then you’ll have a pretty good picture of this film.


And we round things out with some hungry, hungry sharks in Shark Night 3D.

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