Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Welcome to a special “threesome” edition of the Reject Report. I say “threesome” in honor of Woody Allen’s new love-triangle movie Vicky Christina Barcelona. As well, four other flicks roll out wide including Star Wars:The Clone Wars and Mirrors.

To begin, I just wanted to let you know that Tropic Thunder is already off to a slow start at the box office. It rolled out Wednesday night and yes, it did finish in first place, but it only made $6.5 million dollars!!! I guess all the bad publicity might have had an impact after all. Anyway, the bottom line is my prediction for Tropic Thunder is already all screwed up, and I am now predicting only a $24 million weekend for this flick. Maybe the good reviews and good word of mouth will help. But it’s not shaping up to be quite the box office performance that people expected. We’ll see what happens.

Star Wars: The Clone WarsAnyway, we start off with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated version of the famous Star Wars franchise. And I should start off by saying that I have heard a lot of negative buzz about this movie with a lot of die-hards boo-hooing it and saying they hate the flick. From what I gather, this is supposed to be a lead-in to a TV series of the same name. Anyway, it’s set during the time period between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Here, the Dark Side is on the move and it is up to Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano to go on a mission that sees them face off versus Jabba the Hutt. A massive army of clones leads the resistance forces.

Anyway, from the sounds of it, nobody seems to care about this movie. All these fan websites have been trashing this flick and saying it makes a hash of the Star Wars franchise. It doesn’t even have the regular actors doing voices: they have Matt Lanter as Anakin, not Hayden Christensen. No Ewan MacGregor, no Natalie Portman — but they do have Samuel L. Jackson doing Mace Windu.

Yet I get the impression the same people bashing the flick will probably go see it anyway. Whether anyone else will remains to be seen. I hate to dismiss the chances of a Star Wars flick at the box office, even one that’s animated and getting terrible reviews, but I have to say this flick is going to lose at the box office with a lousy $19 million finish.

MirrorsNext is Mirrors, a remake of a South Korean horror film called Into the Mirror, with the latest effort directed by Alexandre Aja. It stars Kiefer Sutherland as an ex-cop mall security guard who sees something strange in the mirrors at a department store.Turns out the place is HAUNTED and these strange forces in the mirrors end up going after this security guard and his family.

Anyway, I am not expecting a big performance from Mirrors, which is rolling out on 2,600 screens. I think this looks like a $9 million movie.

Finally, we have Woody Allen’s latest flick Vicky Christina Barcelona, that sexy romantic comedy that took Cannes by storm. It’s rolling out wide this weekend on 692 screens. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall. Scarlett plays Christina, and Rebecca plays her pal Vicky, and the movie is set in Barcelona. (Explaining the title). Javier Bardem plays this latin lover Juan Antonio who enters their lives, and Penelope Cruz plays Juan Antonio’s ex! Javier, Penelope and Scarlett all end up with their characters in a passionate love triangle.

The main buzz has been over the big kissing scene in the movie between Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. This has all the earmarks of being the best lesbian kissing scene since Mulholland Dr. in 2001, when Naomi Watts locked lips with beautiful Laura Harring. (Yes, I do keep track of such things.) Also, there has been buzz over some goofy online promotion offering a “threesome” with Scarlett Johansson! Fun stuff.

Vicky Christina BarcelonaOn a personal note I’m interested in this movie because, well, I like Penelope Cruz (gush! swoon!) and saw her live on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival a couple of years ago. Anyway, the most likely outcome to me is a $5 million weekend for Vicky Christina Barcelona, given the low theater count. You would think a Woody Allen movie would do much better. But it won’t.

I have two more movies to preview, both of which I predict to do about $2 million in business. One is Henry Poole is Here, starring Luke Wilson and Radha Mitchell. In this flick, Henry Poole heads off alone to spend what he believes are his last days, but his nosy neighbors are convinced a water stain on his house is the image of Jesus, and that the house is home to a miracle! This rolls out in over 500 theaters.

And then there is Fly Me to the Moon, a 3-D effort starring the voices of Christopher Lloyd, Nicollette Sheridan and Tim Curry. It’s the story of three young pre-teen houseflies who end up sneaking on board to take a ride on Apollo 11 to the moon. I mention this movie because it’s in 3-D, and this has been a big year for 3-D with all the movies that have rolled out in that format this year (Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, U2, etcetera). This one is ONLY going to be released in 3-D.

As I say, these two movies should earn about $2 million each. Or less.

So here is how I see the weekend unfolding:

1. Tropic Thunder $24 million
2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars $19 million
3. The Dark Knight $17 million
4. Pineapple Express $12 million
5. Mirrors
$9 million
6. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
$8.9 million
7. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 $6 million
8. Mamma Mia! $5.3 million
9. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
$5 million
10. Step Brothers $4.8 million

Yes, I am truly sorry to say it’s finally going to be over for The Dark Knight after four weeks at Number One. Well, you can’t expect it to last forever, eh? But here’s one more thing to look out for: The Dark Knight is due to topple the $461 million domestic gross of Star Wars this weekend to become the number 2 movie of all time! Interesting, too, that this flick will accomplish this feat with another Star Wars movie in theaters at the same time.

Once all is said and done, this summer will rank as the Summer of the Dark Knight. And speaking of summer movie season: can you believe it’s almost over? I gotta say, the fact that they are rolling out Woody Allen movies tells you a lot about the kind of movies that are taking over the theaters. Art-house season is not that far away, folks. Get ready for box office numbers to go in the tank, and soon.

See you at weekend’s end to find out how wrong I was with my predictions again, here at The Reject Report.


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