Hollywood Movie Roundup: Five films go to war with ‘Expendables’

HollywoodNews.com: As the summer movie season begins to fade, a blitzkrieg of films are being dumped at theaters, but box office gurus believe that “The Expendables” will hold at No. 1 with $15 -$17 million. Through Thursday, the Sylvester Stallone actioner has collected a nice bounty of $48.4 million.

Fox’s “Vampires Suck”, a parody of the “Twilight” series, had a head start ahead of the competition on Wednesday and has since pulled in $6.4 million. Film is from the creative team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the masters of satire behind “Date Movie” and “Meet the Spartans.” “Vampires Suck” should vacuum up another $10 million or less from Friday through Sunday.

Critics loathe the film giving it a 3% rotten score (31 of the 32 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes have been negative). Adam Markovitz of Entertainment Weekly gripes “The Twilight Saga, with its operatic gloom and straight-faced fantasy, is undoubtedly ripe for a smart, good-natured ribbing. This isn’t it.”

“Nanny McPhee Returns”, a sequel to the British kid hit starring Emma Thompson, looks to go toe-to-toe with “Expendables.” The film has already bagged $63 million abroad with most of its dough coming from the U.K. The film follows the ugly child caretaker as she tends to children out on a farm during wartime. “Nanny” looks to make a little less than $15 million this weekend and critics are glowing about it, awarding a 76% fresh on the Tomatometer. Glenn Whip of the Los Angeles Times compliments, “Thompson again wrote the screenplay, putting an emphasis on language, emotion and manners, qualities typically in short supply in movies geared toward families.”

Warner Bros.’ urban comedy “Lottery Ticket” tells the tale of a young man who must sit on a winning stub over a long holiday weekend. The film looks to pull in about $10 million and stars Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Loretta Devine and Terry Crews (who is also in “Expendables”). “Lottery Ticket” loses among critics with a 31% rotten score. Kyle Smith of the New York Post complains, “There’s a one-in-a-billion story to ‘Lottery Ticket’: Those are the approximate odds against a script this bad making it out of the introductory seminar at film school.”

The Weinstein Co. resurfaces from its financial woes from a year ago with Z- monster movie “Piranha 3D.” Thanks to 3D, the film will be lucky to chomp on $10 million, drawing in largely young moviegoers. The plot of the film? It’s essentially “Jaws”: a tremor releases a herd of man-hungry fish who feast on beachgoers.

Of the 35 reviews filed on Rotten Tomatoes, 29 are fresh giving the fish film an 81% score. Peter DeBruge of Variety loved his seafood dish, remarking “The 32-year-old carnivorous fish franchise has lost none of its bite, serving up a fresh batch of spring-break revelers for the fearsome creatures to attack.”

Finally, despite its prolific stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, Miramax’s “The Switch” looks to pull in less than Aniston’s fall clunker “Love Happens” which generated $8 million – even after all the hubbub with Bill O’Reilly.

“Switch” follows a 40-year old woman who decides to get pregnant through insemination. Turns out the sperm she used are from her best friend. Film has a 53% rotten score. Who liked “Switch”? Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter who exclaims, “Once you get past a shaky premise, the comedy does blossom in this Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman rom-com.”

As more reviews are filed at Rotten Tomatoes, critics scores are subject to change.

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