In what must be a first at the box office, an aerobics queen takes on killer zombies in a vicious battle for the silver medal during what no doubt will be another mammoth weekend for "Spider-Man 3."

Fox unleashes its horror sequel "28 Weeks Later," Universal counters with its femme-driven star vehicle "Georgia Rule," Lionsgate tosses in the comedy "Delta Farce," and MGM releases yet another laugher with "The Ex." Meanwhile, back in New York City, the webslinger will attempt to swing to a massive quarter-billion-dollar cume by the end of its second weekend.

As the second of ten sequels hitting theaters over the May-June corridor, "28 Weeks Later" is the follow-up to the cult hit zombie chiller "28 Days Later" which lit up theaters four years ago. Danny Boyle shifts from the director’s chair to the executive producer’s office as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo takes the helm. "Days" was very well-received which explains why a sequel was greenlit. In the new installment, the killer virus infects people once again as London tries to repopulate and madness ensues. The built-in audience will help the R-rated "Weeks" right out of the gate.

Its predecessor bowed to $10.1M from only 1,260 theaters for a potent $7,986 average on its way to a solid $45.1M final. Through video and cable, it found an even larger fan base and many will give "Weeks" a try. However working against it is of course competition from "Spider-Man 3" which has a hold on fans of comics and sci-fi. Plus 2007 has seen 1,001 horror films flood theaters causing recent fright fatigue. Casual fans of scary movies may pass on "Weeks" if they’re trying to stay away from blood and gore. Fox’s marketing has been clever and effective and the target audience is excited. Plus reviews have been very positive which will help a bit too since most horror films nowadays are either not screened for critics in advance or earn poor marks. Attacking over 2,000 theaters, "28 Weeks Later" might scare up around $13M this weekend.

"28 Weeks Later"

For those looking to avoid zombies and super heroes in their weekend entertainment, Universal offers the dramedy "Georgia Rule" starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, and Felicity Huffman. The R-rated story tells of a teenage girl dumped at her grandmother’s house for the summer by her alcoholic mother which leads to the uncovering of family secrets. Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, "Georgia" will play almost exclusively to women as men will have to be dragged against their will. However, moviegoers from a broad age group should turn out since the cast boasts stars of different generations. The one troublespot could be the rating though. Lohan arguably still has pull with teenage girls who may be left out because of the MPAA’s tag. But the film’s two uses of the F word are essential to the story as are the adult themes so the R was unavoidable.

"Georgia Rule" should play to the same audience that the studio saw for previous chick flicks like Diane Keaton‘s "Because I Said So" ($13.1M opening, $5,195 average), Meryl Streep‘s "Prime" ($6.2M, $3,405), and Debra Messing‘s "The Wedding Date" ($11.1M, $6,566). Reaching the $23.1M debut of Fonda’s last film "Monster-in-Law" is not likely however since it won’t crossover into other demographic groups like the J. Lo pic did. The weekend’s new releases will not provide too much competition which means that the universal appeal of the webslinger sequel will be the main enemy. Bad reviews will eat into sales from mature adults, but many from the "Desperate Housewives" crowd will still make a trip out to this chick flick. "Georgia Rule" enters 2,523 theaters on Friday and could walk away with about $13M.

"Georgia Rule"

Larry the Cable Guy stars in the new military comedy "Delta Farce" which also hits theaters on Friday. The PG-13 film from Lionsgate finds three hapless men being mistaken for Army recruits who are sent to Iraq but mistakenly dropped in Mexico. Not since "Best Defense" has a film of this type been such an unwelcome entry in the marketplace. Young males are the only group likely to show interest and with Spidey in only his second swing, few will find this new comedy worth paying top dollar for. Plus starpower is lacking and none of the cast members are known for anchoring box office hits. Larry’s self-titled film last spring bowed to just $6.9M and this one will probably slump even lower. Opening in about 1,800 locations, "Delta Farce" will probably shoot up around $4M.

"Delta Farce"

Zach Braff and Amanda Peet play a thirtysomething New York couple with a new baby in the new romantic comedy "The Ex" marketed by The Weinstein Company and distributed by MGM. In the PG-13 pic, the likable duo moves to Ohio where Braff’s character gets a job at her father’s ad agency where he butts heads with his wife’s former fling from high school. Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin, and Donal Logue co-star. "The Ex" will be targeting the date crowd and young women, but will have rough sailing. "Georgia Rule" will already be tapping into the female moviegoing base and Spidey is attracting his share of women and young adults too. The promotional push has not been too forceful either so the film may end up with just the die-hard "Scrubs" fans. Mixed reviews won’t help either. Also, Braff and Peet are not box office anchors who sell lots of tickets. Sure "Garden State" was an indie hit with $26.8M in 2004, but that was a word-of-mouth platform release that made its money over time and not a commercial Hollywood comedy. Debuting in 1,009 theaters, "The Ex" might gross roughly $3M this weekend.

"The Ex"

None of these new films will come close to defeating the mighty "Spider-Man 3" which will enjoy its second comfortable box office win in a row. But a steep fall is likely. The first webslinger flick opened at the beginning of May five years ago and dropped by only 38% on the second weekend which was phenomenal. But like most sequels, especialy third-parters, "Spider-Man 3" attracted so much of its total audience upfront that rapid erosion is assured. The previous record-holder for the biggest opening weekend, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest," fell by 54% in its second adventure last July while its summer counterpart "X-Men: The Last Stand" tumbled by a troubling 67% in its sophomore frame. Of course that was coming off of a Memorial Day holiday opening so the decline was larger than normal.

"Spider-Man 3" has already been taking a hit during the week dropping to $10.3M on Monday and $8M on Tuesday. Those numbers come close to what "The Matrix Reloaded" took in on the same days after its colossal opening weekend in mid-May 2003. That sci-fi pic crashed 60% in its second weekend despite its sophomore frame being helped by a holiday. Luckily for the Sandman flick the competition this weekend will not be too menacing. "Spider-Man 3" could still fall by more than 55% to about $65M this weekend which would boost the domestic haul to a mammoth $247M in only ten days.

LAST YEAR: Tom Cruise topped the charts with "Mission Impossible: III" which dropped 48% in its second weekend to $25M. Opening in second place was the pricey disaster film "Poseidon" which debuted to $22.2M for Warner Bros. on its way to a disappointing $60.7M domestically. Worldwide, the Kurt Russell starrer grossed $182M. Robin Williams placed third with "RV" which eased by less than 10% to $10M in its third weekend. Lindsay Lohan stumbled into fourth with her new comedy "Just My Luck" which opened to a weak $5.7M on its way to $17.3M for Fox. Rounding out the top five was the horror flick "An American Haunting" with $3.6M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya,

Director Bob Clark ("Porky’s," "A Christmas Story") has announced that he will go back to his teen-sex-comedy roots to direct "Spring Broke," which is about three college students who travel to Cancun to get some action.

Some preliminary trailer shooting took place over the weekend in Atlanta, GA (at "The Atrium"). Some celebrities signed onto the project who were reported on set include Gbenga Akinnagbe, star of the upcoming season of HBO’s "The Wire," and Tom Pelphrey, star of CBS’s "Guiding Light."

"Porky’s," which was originally released in 1982, is now being remade by Howard Stern and directed by old-time 80’s director Savage Steve Holland ("Better Off Dead," "One Crazy Summer").

Both films are currently in development and should be released around the same time.

Apple Quicktime delivers the (waaaay-early) trailer for Sony Pictures’ CGI comedy "Open Season." And while’s it’s a fairly slick and amusing trailer … the movie doesn’t come out until September of 2006!

Ashton Kutcher ("Guess Who"), Debra Messing ("The Wedding Date"), Gary Sinise ("Forrest Gump"), and Martin Lawrence ("Blue Streak"), among many others, are contributing their voices to the animated comedy. "Open Season" opens September 29th, 2006.

What is it with horror films these days? It doesn’t matter how badly they are reviewed, or what they’re about; they just keep raking in money at the box office. "Boogeyman," which has a very moldy Tomatometer of 8%, dominated the box office this weekend with $19M. It is directed by the director/writer (Stephen Kay) of such classics as the 0% "Mod Squad" and the 10% Stallone dud "Get Carter" — maybe it’s all those Lucy Lawless ("Xena") fans who just wanted to see her back on the screen (big or small).

"The Wedding Date," starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney, had a strong debut with $11.1M, despite being clobbered by critics. It has a similarly moldy 10% on the Tomatometer. It placed second.

In third place is "Are We There Yet" with $10.6M for a side-splitting total of $51.3M in three weeks. Despite bad reviews, the film continues to hold up well from week to week, and may even eclipse "Barbershop"’s $75M total as Ice Cube’s personal best for films in which he received top billing.

Last week’s chart topper, "Hide and Seek," fell to fourth place this weekend with $8.9M. Of the films in the top 10, it has the biggest drop-off from the previous weekend at 59%. Its total in two weeks is a still solid $35.7M.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are "Million Dollar Baby" with $8.5M ($34.4M total); "The Aviator" with $5.4M ($75.9M total); "Meet the Fockers" with $4.8M ($265.2M total); "Sideways" with $4.7M ($46.7M total); "Racing Stripes" with $4.3M ($40.4M total); and "Coach Carter" with $4.2M ($59.3M total).

Tag Cloud

casting comic Lifetime Disney BET Awards streaming movies leaderboard Film Festival Walt Disney Pictures Hulu sitcom Tokyo Olympics cinemax Fall TV Shondaland 2015 independent breaking bad Disney Channel DC Comics Winners comic book movies Baby Yoda BAFTA political drama know your critic composers Pirates cats Nominations TruTV child's play Mudbound Netflix genre talk show ID singing competition period drama crime scary Hallmark CBS Television Academy LGBTQ HBO Go what to watch action-comedy Turner 71st Emmy Awards Horror joker tv talk IFC Animation spain Awards Tour name the review cooking jurassic park Infographic Cartoon Network superhero Paramount batman Travel Channel Turner Classic Movies Dark Horse Comics TCA Countdown DC Universe Netflix Christmas movies technology 79th Golden Globes Awards wonder woman Certified Fresh classics halloween tv scorecard boxoffice natural history spanish rt archives 73rd Emmy Awards directors lord of the rings 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Box Office fresh posters Crunchyroll Spike animated Women's History Month transformers FXX National Geographic spinoff vampires versus hollywood RT History Film Lifetime Christmas movies OneApp game show SDCC harry potter gangster GLAAD royal family MSNBC teaser NBC Comic-Con@Home 2021 ratings Freeform Pop TV book adaptation ABC docudrama TV One TV jamie lee curtis Hear Us Out Rock E3 Classic Film BBC One Apple TV Plus Shudder The Witch Fox News Showtime Pacific Islander Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TCM supernatural Comedy Creative Arts Emmys Starz Television Critics Association hispanic Hollywood Foreign Press Association crime drama psycho live action anime cancelled Funimation adventure Podcast halloween Quiz GIFs Marathons TLC TCA 2017 A24 suspense Country Christmas ESPN ABC Signature monster movies stand-up comedy diversity DC streaming service MCU blockbuster true crime documentary 2019 king arthur black Awards Fox Searchlight First Look green book sequel Trailer a nightmare on elm street Crackle cults USA YouTube Red Brie Larson Lionsgate laika Logo Pride Month biopic worst movies Winter TV Emmys Best and Worst sopranos Captain marvel witnail Disney Plus zombies zombie OWN finale BBC America basketball Legendary HBO TNT hidden camera Emmy Nominations USA Network dramedy New York Comic Con Alien comic book movie rom-coms Family Apple science fiction doctor who DirecTV christmas movies binge Discovery Channel YouTube Premium 20th Century Fox award winner 2017 reviews boxing high school comics PBS Black Mirror Star Trek Ellie Kemper new zealand trailers cars aapi hispanic heritage month mob PlayStation french Martial Arts CW Seed disaster Nat Geo Apple TV+ strong female leads Sneak Peek BBC docuseries 72 Emmy Awards adaptation Syfy El Rey war marvel cinematic universe movie Endgame psychological thriller asian-american remakes Hallmark Christmas movies stoner anthology Pop 24 frames romantic comedy HBO Max See It Skip It American Society of Cinematographers The Arrangement Thanksgiving Set visit Western renewed TV shows Holidays History dceu 93rd Oscars 4/20 Writers Guild of America parents mockumentary facebook italian Binge Guide Year in Review Marvel game of thrones stop motion Cannes Universal Pictures social media Marvel Studios superman Broadway robots best Neflix Interview Academy Awards saw crime thriller canceled TV shows dc reboot Schedule Mindy Kaling football Anna Paquin scary movies Opinion trophy WarnerMedia MTV japan Pet Sematary olympics The Purge Calendar screenings The CW golden globe awards Wes Anderson comic books video Tags: Comedy golden globes sports medical drama Polls and Games critics TBS franchise CBS All Access thriller CNN Spectrum Originals miniseries streaming VICE Red Carpet heist movie marvel comics obituary Tumblr television hist godzilla 2016 Toys space spider-man prank rt labs Image Comics Vudu Bravo SundanceTV criterion HFPA Adult Swim Fantasy documentaries nature ABC Family richard e. Grant Election quibi romance RT21 debate Paramount Network critic resources theme song Fargo venice Drama Song of Ice and Fire pirates of the caribbean news Musical cancelled TV shows Disney streaming service Heroines The Walt Disney Company canceled TV Land Nickelodeon young adult discovery Sundance toy story worst movies comiccon sag awards chucky Arrowverse vs. latino slasher mission: impossible universal monsters 21st Century Fox Reality APB women cancelled television Character Guide zero dark thirty Reality Competition Photos Valentine's Day E! book rt labs critics edition Star Wars Disney+ Disney Plus Ghostbusters Epix cancelled TV series die hard dreamworks VOD historical drama new york Mary Tyler Moore Masterpiece festival Amazon werewolf Prime Video Superheroes Universal spy thriller Chernobyl cops Rocky Rocketman Sundance TV TCA Winter 2020 Marvel Television nfl ghosts Acorn TV Oscars indiana jones series scene in color Kids & Family adenture Instagram Live kong Comic Book rotten 45 Lucasfilm 1990s Action feel good TIFF TV renewals Grammys sequels king kong travel kids legend AMC Musicals Esquire black comedy rotten movies we love fast and furious Mary Poppins Returns Warner Bros. President satire all-time slashers toronto based on movie Avengers Super Bowl dexter Cosplay Sony Pictures aliens Premiere Dates 90s Exclusive Video AMC Plus serial killer international Trivia IMDb TV foreign emmy awards CMT SXSW new star wars movies TV movies deadpool screen actors guild The Academy target Ovation San Diego Comic-Con Stephen King archives FX ITV Trophy Talk razzies Mystery Amazon Prime Video Sci-Fi Comics on TV indie telelvision spider-verse popular Rom-Com WGN YouTube Teen NYCC 99% Peacock Sundance Now police drama Amazon Studios TCA Awards australia Elton John justice league FX on Hulu BET Holiday video on demand mutant Summer Tarantino A&E DGA Britbox politics art house dark blaxploitation Black History Month dogs james bond kaiju festivals twilight free movies cartoon Pixar south america japanese 2018 The Walking Dead Watching Series FOX Spring TV Superheroe children's TV LGBT Music elevated horror comedies Tubi concert Video Games dragons biography Extras crossover PaleyFest films Amazon Prime live event Food Network Paramount Plus ViacomCBS First Reviews GoT blockbusters NBA Biopics VH1 unscripted 2021 2020 Tomatazos nbcuniversal Chilling Adventures of Sabrina IFC Films Columbia Pictures 007 spanish language X-Men Comedy Central YA Mary poppins revenge mcc