Friday, February 17, 2006

Weekend Movie Preview

A clutch of new movies, none of them very interesting. The best opener is here in Manhattan where the clever mock ducmentary The Confederate States of America finally gets a commercial screening after critical praise and timid bookers kept it in limbo. Box Office Prophets expects Date Movie to the big new hit at some $22 million over the four day weekend, with the Disney dog flick Eight Below well behind at $14 million (probably because it's competing for the same audience with Pink Panther and Curious George, both of which should follow close behind). Amd limping into fifth place is the poorly reviewed crime drama Freedomland. Brokeback Mountain, after expanding too wide to 2000 screens, slims back down to 1,600 and waits for the Oscars.

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