Of course, if you want to really give your family a treat, take them out to The King's Speech, which is expanding to 600 theaters this weekend and should be easier to find. Also expanding is Black Swan, to around 1,400 theaters, and Casino Jack and Rabbit Hole are both doing limited expansions. Let's take a look at the full list for the weekend...
| 1. Little Fockers |
Seems destined to win the weekend, alas. It's easy to forget that Meet The Fockers made almost $280 million dollars in 2004. Never underestimate the tendency for families who are cooped up together over the holidays to pick the lowest-common denominator film when they're heading out to the movies.
| 2. True Grit |
Still riding high in critical estimates, but I have a feeling the trailers are a bit too dark for this to get a huge amount of family love this Christmas. I'd love to be wrong and for this to be the Coen Brothers' biggest hit yet, but we'll have to wait and see how it fares over the three-day weekend to know for sure.
| 3. Gulliver's Travels |
Remember when I mentioned the "lowest common denominator" up above? Well, I guess you could say that Gulliver's Travels appeals to the smallest common denominator. GET IT? HA HA HA! Oh, man. I hope this movie fucking bombs. We'll find out this weekend; it doesn't open until Christmas day.
| 4. Country Strong |
I'll go out and a limb and say that, for a movie that I bet my mom will like, I'm kind of looking forward to this. The trailer's a bit confusing - who's she supposed to be in love with, again? - but it looks like it might be a straight-up crowdpleaser in a stupid way, which is sometimes a totally acceptable thing for a movie to be. Limited release for now; this'll expand after New Year's.
| 5. The Illusionist |
Great reviews for this film from the director of The Triplets of Belleville, but it's only opening on three screens.
| 6. Somewhere |
Seven-screen release for Sophia Coppola's latest. It's getting Coppola-esque reviews, with some critics loving it, some finding it unbearable.