Weekend Movie Preview: April 22, 2011

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Three very different films hit theaters this Easter weekend.  So, which one will attract the Easter crowd?  Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family is poised to come in first the weekend.  Don't mess with Tyler Perry who is debuting his 10th directing effort to a very large fan base.

Water for Elephants also debuts and despite a very large marketing campaign isn't even expected to come in second after Madea, but should still bring in a substantial number.  Box office prediction says it should average almost $20 million, but that could be a stretch.

Madea's Big Happy Family Poster
Water For Elephants Official Poster

African Cats also hits theaters this weekend. In celebration of Earth Day, Walt Disney Pictures is releasing its documentary about our feline friends.  It's not expected to do very well, bringing in a respectable $5 million on opening weekend. These kinds of documentary features are never expected to draw a huge crowd.

Spillover from last week's Rio should help boost the box office this weekend as well - Rio is expected to come in second place.  It was extremely popular last weekend and garnered some great reviews.

Continue reading for a synopsis of the new films coming out this weekend:

Madea's Big Happy Family: Madea gets involved when her niece Shirley wants her whole family around to share some bad news about her health.  Her children are hard to pin down though as they are dealing with their own issues. 

Water for Elephants: As a young man, Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson) fatefully encounters a traveling circus just before receiving his veterinary degree.  After his parents die, he abandons his studies and joins the circus, meeting Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), August (Christopher Waltz), and Rosie the elephant.
African Cats: African Cats explores the lives of some of our biggest feline companions and how they raise their cubs in the wild.

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Water For Elephants Quotes

I don't know if i picked that circus but something told me that circus picked me.

Older Jacob

The world's ran out of tricks. Everyone plays.


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The intricate and deeply involved plot of the best-selling Sara Gruen novel Water for Elephants is translated with elegance and grace...

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