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Nov 23, 2008

THIS WEEK'S THEATRICAL RELEASES

As with the Home Entertainment releases, I am behind a week on the Theatrical listings. However, last week was basically a 1 movie week with QUANTUM OF SOLACE being the only major release -- and as I mentioned in an earlier post, it dominated with a nearly $70 million weekend take! Look out for my review on WIX PIX 2 in the next couple of days.

This week also threatens to break some major box office records as the tween book phenomenon TWILIGHT film adaptation hits the silver screen. Thanks to the shift in release dates for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE to next summer, TWILIGHT moved to this weekend and has a lock on the tween crowd. In this case, the primary audience is girls, all taken by the forbidden romance element of the book. Judging by the rabid screaming reaction at this year's San Diego Comic Con, and the selling out of screenings well before the weekend, this promises to be a HUGE success for Summit Entertainment.

Speaking of TWILIGHT I want to mention that if anyone hasn't yet seen director Catherine Hardwicke's extremely disturbing THIRTEEN, it is worth checking out. It is not for the faint of heart and will probably terrify anyone with a teenage daughter.

What I will be interested in seeing is how Disney's BOLT does this weekend considering all the competition. This is the first straight up Disney animated release since Pixar's John Lasseter took over the department, and I have to say from what I've seen so far, I'm looking forward to this film (granted, I am also a Disney fanatic). Definitely looking forward to the Hamster-in-the-ball character who from the previews, looks like he steals this movie. BOLT is also a 3-D release.
I also want to point out that the hold overs from the past couple of weeks, QUANTUM OF SOLACE and MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA, also threaten to do very well, so all-in-all, this should shape up to be a very robust weekend not to mention the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday which will probably see fewer people traveling, and probably hitting the multiplex close to home instead.

As always, dates, titles and information are all subject to change.

November 21

Bolt (Dir: Bryon Howard, Chris Williams; Walt Disney)
Special [Limited release] (Dir: Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore; Magnet Releasing)
Twilight (Dir: Catherine Hardwicke; Summit Entertainment)