Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Movies-and-More: July 2008

Alright, here we go… July release dates for films, music, DVDs and books, as well as my box office predictions and newly-released film trailers…

In Theaters July 4nd
Diminished Capacity (Click title for theatrical trailer)
Hancock (On Wednesday July 2nd)
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (On Wednesday July 2nd)
The Wackness (On Thursday July 3rd)

Predictions: 1. Wall-E ($38 million), 2. Hancock ($29 million), 3. Wanted ($27 million), 4. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl ($22.5 million), 5. Get Smart ($8 million)

Predictions: 1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army ($44 million), 2. Wall-E ($22 million), 3. Journey To the Center of the Earth 3D ($16 million), 4. Wanted ($14 million), 5. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl ($13.5 million)

Predictions: 1. The Dark Knight ($89 million), 2. Mamma Mia! ($25 million), 3. Hellboy II: The Golden Army ($20.5 million), 4. Wall-E ($14 million), 5. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl ($9 million)

Predictions: 1. The Dark Knight ($42 million), 2. The X-Files: I Want To Believe ($38 million), 3. Mamma Mia! ($14 million), 4. Step Brothers ($10 million), 5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army ($8.5 million)

Your other entertainment needs:

July 1st:
On DVD: City of Men, The Closer: Season 3, Drillbit Taylor, Heathers: 20th Anniversary Edition, Hellboy Collector’s Set, Sex and Death 101, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Vantage Point, War Inc.

On CD: Alkaline Trio, Vanessa Hudgens, Los Lonely Boys, John Mayer

In Bookstores:
Robert Crais’s Chasing Darkness
Brad Thor’s The Last Patriot

July 8th:
On DVD: Batman: Gotham Knight, I Dream of Jeannie: Season 5, Monk: Season 6, The Ruins, Stargate Atlantis: Season 4, Stop-Loss, Superhero Movie, Teen Titans: Season 5, The Tracey Fragments

On CD: Beck, The Game, George Jones, Mamma Mia! OST, Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis, Nickelback

In Bookstores:
James Lee Burke’s Swan Peak
Stephen L. Carter’s Palace Coucil
Larry McMurtry’s Books: A Memoir
Nora Roberts’s Tribute

July 15th:
On DVD: The Bank Job, Birds of Prey: The Complete Series, College Road Trip, Dallas: Season 9, Eureka: Season 2, Meet Bill, Penelope, Reno 911: Season 5, Saving Grace: Season 1, Shutter, Step Up 2 the Streets

On CD: The Dark Knight: Original Score, John Mellencamp, Nas, Passing Strange OBC, Randy Travis, Ace Young

In Bookstores:
Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox
Tana French’s The Likeness
Lisa Gardner’s Say Goodbye
Ridley Pearson’s Killer View
Christopher Reich’s Rules of Deception

July 22nd:
On DVD: 21, Case Closed: Season 1, High and Low, Las Vegas: Season 5, Masters of Horror: Season 2, Turn the River, Vampyr (Criterion Collection)

On CD: Candlebox, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Miley Cyrus, Nine Inch Nails, Sugarland, Paul Weller

In Bookstores:
J.A. Jance’s Damage Control
Jerry B. Jenkins’s Riven
James Patterson’s The Dangerous
.....Days of Daniel X
Daniel Silva’s Moscow Rules
L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle
.....(Volume 1): The Initiation
.....and The Captive

July 29th:
On DVD: Avatar the Last Airbender: Book 3: Fire: Volume 4, The Band’s Visit, Dark City: Director’s Cut, Doomsday, Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, The Hills: Season 3, Inglorious Bastards, Law & Order SVU: Season 7, Never Back Down, Stargate: Continuum, Witchblade: The Complete Series

On CD: Coolio, Rick Springfield, Third Day, Young Jeezy

In Bookstores:
Eric Van Lustbader’s Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Sanction
Stephen Mansfield’s The Faith of Barack Obama

Last month’s box office:
(Actual box office listed first, followed by my prediction)

June 6th:
1. Kung Fu Panda ($60 million) - Kung Fu Panda ($40 m.)
2. You Don’t Mess With the Zohan ($38.5 m.) - Sex and the City ($29 m.)
3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($23 m.) - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($21 m.)
4. Sex and the City ($21 m.) - You Don’t Mess With the Zohan ($14 m.)
5. The Strangers ($9 m.) - The Strangers ($12 m.)

I underestimated not only the first animated summer film, but the screwball Adam Sandler comedy, which I expected to flop. I should have switched that idea with my optimistic prediction for The Love Guru at the end of the month. Difference: $57.5 million.

June 13th:
1. The Incredible Hulk ($55.5 m.) - The Incredible Hulk ($52 m.)
2. Kung Fu Panda ($33.5 m.) - The Happening ($37 m.)
3. The Happening ($30.5 m.) - Kung Fu Panda ($17 m.)
4. You Don’t Mess With the Zohan ($16 m.) - Sex and the City ($13 m.)
5. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($15 m.) - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($8 m.)

My light prediction for The Happening was even too generous, and I didn’t foresee Kung Fu Panda’s massive staying power, but the big gun, The Incredible Hulk, was pretty close. Difference: $44.5 million.

June 20th:
1. Get Smart ($38.5 m.) - Get Smart ($42 m.)
2. The Incredible Hulk ($22 m.) - The Love Guru ($28 m.)
3. Kung Fu Panda ($21.9 m.) - The Incredible Hulk ($27 m.)
4. The Love Guru ($14 m.) - The Happening ($15 m.)
5. The Happening ($10.5 m.) - Kung Fu Panda ($7 m.)

Once again, I predicted the number one movie’s estimates within five million, but overestimated The Love Guru and the staying power of the other films. Difference: $42 million.

June 27th:
1. Wall-E ($62.5 m.) - Wall-E ($65 m.)
2. Wanted ($51 m.) - Wanted ($40 m.)
3. Get Smart ($20 m.) - Get Smart ($23 m.)
4. Kung Fu Panda ($12 m.) - The Love Guru ($15 m.)
5. The Incredible Hulk ($9.2 m.) - The Incredible Hulk ($14 m.)

Still good with the number one, but while I predicted higher for Wanted than pretty much all expectations, I was still under. Difference: $32.8 million.

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