This week is going to be an interesting weekend for movies. It’s going to be one dominated by the kids when a movie about some Wimpy Kid battles against the crazies in Sucker Punch and a Hobo With A Shotgun. The thing that I learned from my time in the theatre is that if there is a kids movie coming out, it’s bound to have a decent opening weekend. If we look at the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie it opened to a 22 million dollar weekend and stayed strong despite being up against Alice in Wonderland. The lesson is that kids movies can do unexpectedly well.
Now this second coming of the Wimpy Kid goes up against Hobo With A Shotgun (rated R) and Sucker Punch (rated 14A) so theoretically it will have dolla’s from every family with kids 13 and under. But don’t underestimate Zack Snyder’s fantasy adventure that takes you in and out of reality. If you liked Snyder’s adaptation of 300 and The Watchmen then you’re probably going to enjoy Sucker Punch.
Having said that, I’m looking past both these films and looking forward to Hobo With A Shotgun. If you`re old enough to be able to get into this flick then I’m predicting that you’re in for a treat. The only reason this movie was actually made was because of the impact it had with Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. This is the second film inspired by a fake Grindhouse trailer and hopefully it will follow the same bloody gory fun that Machete had in spades.
So in conclusion I will predict that Diary of a Wimpy Kid will top the box office, but if you’re looking for a good time at the movies, go see Hobo With A Shotgun and be prepared to get blown away!