Weekend Movie Preview: May 20, 2011

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It's a quiet weekend at the box office with just Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hitting theaters in wide release, but that doesn't mean there's not a lot to choose from.  The beginning of the summer blockbuster have done very well at the box office and will probably continue to do well this weekend.

Pirates will obviously come in first in terms of box office numbers as it is considered one of the MOST highly anticipated movies of the entire summer -- and it's only May!

The very exciting film should bring in about $100 million this weekend -- by far the biggest opening weekend of the year. Although it's expected to bring in a lot of revenue, it's not likely going to top Dead Man’s Chest or At World’s End, which brought in $135.6 million and 114.7 million respectively on opening weekend.

Why?  Interest in the franchise has been a little slower than in past year since At World's End had a very confusing storyline and was actually almost three hours long.  This latest installment has been cut down to 137 minutes (still more than 2 hours), but it's an improvement on the last.  Filmmakers are hoping this one will be a lot simplier and have moviegoers back on the Pirates bandwagon.

Since Bridesmaids has had so many good reviews and received such positive word-of-mouth, it should come in second this weekend, although far behind Pirates with about $20 million more (if it's lucky).  It will probably capture the audience not interested in seeing Pirates, which is relatively small.

Continue reading more one more limited release film out this weekend.

Although it is pretty small and probably won't even make the top 10, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris also hits theaters this weekend.  It boasts some pretty big Hollywood A-listers, including Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, and Kathy Bates.  It only opens in 6 theaters across the nation today.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Quotes

Did everyone see that? Because I will *not* be doing it again.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow: Captain, I wish to report a mutiny! I can name fingers and point names.
Blackbeard: No need, Mr. Sparrow. They are sheep. You, their Shepherd.

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