Sunday, November 30, 2008

Movies-and-More: December 2008

Here's the run-down of December release dates for films, music, DVDs and books, as well as my box office predictions.

In Theaters Friday December 5th
Cadillac Records
Extreme Movie
Nobel Son
Punisher: War Zone
Truecrimes (Los Cronocrimenes)

Predictions: 1. Four Christmases ($17 million), 2. Bolt ($15 m), 3. Punisher: War Zone ($14 m), 4. Twilight ($12 m), 5. Australia ($8 m)

In Theaters Friday December 12th
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Dark Streets
Nothing Like the Holidays
The Reader (On Wednesday)
What Doesn't Kill You
Where God Left His Shoes

Predictions: 1. The Day the Earth Stood Still ($15 m), 2. Four Christmases ($12 m), 3. Nothing Like the Holidays ($10.5 m), 4. Bolt ($9 m), 5. Punisher: War Zone ($7.5 m)

In Theaters Friday December 19th
Gran Torino
Seven Pounds
The Tale of Despereaux
The Wrestler (On Wednesday)
Yes Man

Predictions: 1. The Tale of Despereaux ($34 m), 2. Yes Man ($26 m), 3. Seven Pounds ($18 m), 4. The Day the Earth Stood Still ($9 m), 5. Four Christmases ($7.5 m)

In Theaters Thursday December 25th
Bedtime Stories
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Hurricane Season
Last Chance Harvey
Marley and Me
Revolutionary Road (On Friday Dec. 26th)
The Secret of the Grain (On Wednesday Dec. 24th)
The Spirit
Valkyrie (On Friday Dec. 26th)

Predictions: 1. The Spirit ($41 m), 2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($24 m), 3. Marley and Me ($23 m), 4. The Tale of Despereaux ($21 m), 5. Bedtime Stories ($17 m)

In Theaters Wednesday December 31st

Predictions: 1. The Spirit ($24 m), 2. Defiance ($21 m), 3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($16 m), 4. The Tale of Despereaux ($14 m), 5. Marley and Me ($12.5 m)

Your Other Entertainment Needs:

December 2nd
On DVD: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Longshots, Saturday Night Live: Season Four, Step Brothers, Wanted, The X-Files: I Want To Believe

On CD: Akon, Cadillac Records O.S.T., Kylie Minogue, Panic At the Disco, Britney Spears

In Bookstores:
Steve Berry's Charlemagne Pursuit
Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta
J.A. Jance's Cruel Intent
Gordan Korman's The 39 Clues #2: One False Note
J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beetle the Bard (On Thursday December 4th)

December 9th
On DVD: The Dark Knight, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, Happy Days: Season Four, Lost: Season Four, The Wire: Complete Series, Zentropa (Criterion Collection)

On CD: Joshua Bell & James Newton Howard, Brandy, Collective Soul, Common, Maroon 5, Musiq, Twilight Original Score

In Bookstores:
Rhonda Byrne's The Secrer Daily Teachings
Iris Johansen's Treasure
Michael Phelps' No Limits: The Will To Succeed

December 16th
On DVD: Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Season Six, The Cheetah Girls: One World, Generation Kill, House Bunny (On Dec. 19th), The Little Mermaid Trilogy, Mamma Mia!, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Traitor (On Dec. 19th)

On CD: 50 Cent, All-American Rejects, Keyshia Cole, Fall Out Boy, Jamie Foxx, Anthony Hamilton, Martina McBride

In Bookstores:
Natsuki Takaya's Phantom Dream (Volume 1)

December 23rd
On DVD: Burn After Reading, Death Race, Hamlet 2, Savage Grace, The Women

On CD: Brutha

In Bookstores:
George S. McGovern's Abraham Lincoln: The 16th President, 1861-1865
Time Magazine's President Obama: The Path to the White House

December 30th
On DVD: The Duchess (On Dec. 27th), Eagle Eye (On Dec. 27th), Ghost Town (On Dec. 27th), Kyle XY: Season Two, Nip/Tuck: Season Five, Serenity (Blu-Ray), Surfer Dude, Towelhead

On CD: Alice In Videoland, Dee Daniels, Maino

In Bookstores:
Julie Garwood's Fire and Ice
Bob Greene's Best Life Diet
W.E.B. Griffins' Black Ops
Jayne Ann Krentz's Running Hot
Paul McKenna's I Can Make You Thin

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