Sunday, June 01, 2008

Movies-and-More: June 2008

Here we go again: June release dates for films, music, DVDs and books, as well as my box office predictions and newly-released film trailers…

In Theaters June 6th
Kung Fu Panda (Click title for theatrical trailer)
Mother of Tears
You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

Predictions: 1. Kung Fu Panda ($40 m), 2. Sex and the City ($29 m), 3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Krystal Skull ($21 m), 4. You Don't Mess With the Zohan ($14 m), 5. The Strangers ($12 m)

In Theaters June 13th
Encounters At the End of the World (on Wednesday)
The Happening
The Incredible Hulk

Predictions: 1. The Incredible Hulk ($52 m), 2. The Happening ($37 m), 3. Kung Fu Panda ($17 m), 4. Sex and the City ($13 m), 5. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Krystal Skull ($8 m)

Predictions: 1. Get Smart ($42 m), 2. The Love Guru ($28 m), 3. The Incredible Hulk ($27 m), 4. The Happening ($15 m), 5. Kung Fu Panda ($7 m)

In Theaters June 27th
Wall-E
Wanted

Predictions: 1. Wall-E ($65 m), 2. Wanted ($40 m), 3. Get Smart ($23 m), 4. The Love Guru ($15 m), 5. The Incredible Hulk ($14 m)

New Trailer Debuts:
Australia
Choke

Your other entertainment needs:

June 3rd:
On DVD: The Dead Zone: Final Season, The Eye, Meet the Spartans, Semi-Pro, Vince Vaughan’s Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - From Hollywood To the Heartland, Weeds: Season Three

On CD: Ashanti, Disturbed, Jewel, Journey, Aimee Mann, Now! 28, Radiohead, Gavin Rossdale, Weezer

In Bookstores:
Lewis Black’s Me of Little Faith
Lee Child’s Nothing To Lose
Clive Cussler’s Plague Ship
W.E.B. Griffin’s Death and Honor
Robert B. Parker’s Resolution
David Sedaris’s When You Are Engulfed In Flames

June 10th:
On DVD: Be Kind Rewind, The Bucket List, Chaos Theory, Funny Games, John Adams, Jumper, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Signal, Witless Protection

On CD: Adele, Jakob Dylan, The Fratellis, Emmylou Harris, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Lil Wayne, Sergio Mendes, Montgomery Gentry, Alanis Morissette, My Morning Jacket, Martha Wainwright

In Bookstores:
Jackie Collins’s Married Lovers
James Patterson’s Sail
Douglas J. Preston’s The Monster of Florence
Debra Winger’s Undiscovered
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June 17th:
On DVD: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, Fool’s Gold, The Jungle Book 2, Popeye the Sailor Man (Volume 2): 1938-1940, The Sword In the Stone, Under the Same Moon, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
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On CD: Coldplay, Chante Moore, The Offspring, Kate Perry, Judas Priest

In Bookstores:
Janet Evanovich’s Fearless Fourteen
Jane Green’s The Beach House

June 24th:
On DVD: 10,000 B.C., Belle Toujours, Charlie Bartlett, Definitely, Maybe, The Furies (Criterion Collection), Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs, In Bruges, Persepolis, The Spiderwick Chronicles

On CD: Cute Is What We Aim For, G. Love & the Special Sauce, Amos Lee, Edwin McCain, Motley Crue, My Chemical Romance, Ne-Yo, Nelly

In Bookstores:
Sylvia Browne’s End of Days
Paulo Coehlo’s Brida
Catherine Coulter’s Tailspin
Joyce Carol Oates’s My Sister, My Love
James Rollins’s Last Oracle

And how did I do with my predictions for the box office last month?

Films opening May 2nd
My predictions:
1. Iron Man ($98 million)
2. Made of Honor ($15 million)
3. Baby Mama ($9 million)
4. Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay ($7 million)
5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall ($6.5 million)
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Actual Box Office:
1. Iron Man ($98 million)
2. Made of Honor ($15 million)
3. Baby Mama ($10 million)
4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall ($6.1 million)
5. Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay ($6 million)
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That’s right, dead-on for the top two movies on my first box office prediction.
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Films opening May 9th
My predictions:
1. Speed Racer ($55 million)
2. Iron Man ($52 million)
3. What Happens In Vegas ($17 million)
4. Made of Honor ($9 million)
5. Baby Mama ($6 million)
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Actual Box Office:
1. Iron Man ($51 million)
2. What Happens In Vegas ($20 million)
3. Speed Racer ($18.5 million)
4. Made of Honor ($8 million)
5. Baby Mama ($6 million)

And I thought my giving Speed Racer a weak $55 million was spelling doom for the big budget film…

Films opening May 16th
My predictions:
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($80 million)
2. Speed Racer ($38 million)
3. Iron Man ($32 million)
4. What Happens In Vegas ($10 million)
5. Made of Honor ($5.5 million)

Actual Box Office:
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($55 million)
2. Iron Man ($32 million)
3. What Happens In Vegas ($14 million)
4. Speed Racer ($8 million)
5. Baby Mama ($4.7 million)

Again, I overestimated the new big film (and Speed Racer again), but I was right on my Iron Man assessment.

Films opening May 23rd
My predictions:
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($140 million)
2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($45 million)
3. Iron Man ($22.5 million)
4. Speed Racer ($19 million)
5. What Happens In Vegas ($7 million)

Actual Box Office:
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($101 million)
2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($23 milliom)
3. Iron Man ($20 million)
4. What Happens In Vegas ($9 million)
5. Speed Racer ($4 million)

Alright, I overestimated Indy a bit. But to be fair, it did bring in $151 million over the 5-day weekend…
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Films opening May 30th
My predictions:
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($89 million)
2. Sex and the City ($31 million)
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($25 million)
4. Iron Man ($15 million)
5. The Strangers ($9.5 million)
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Actual Box office:
1. Sex and the City ($55.5 million)
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($46 million)
3. The Strangers ($21 million)
4. Iron Man ($14 million)
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($13 million)
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Okay, okay - I was totally off this week. I suck.

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