Better dead than in the red: Projection Booth readers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose (but your brains) as we give this weekend's box office a Marxian twist.
A specter is haunting multiplexes. Make that a Silk Spectre. The star of Zack Snyder's upcoming "Watchmen," Malin Akerman, joins Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in Bobby and Peter Farrelly's "The Heartbreak Kid," the story of a man who meets the girl of his dreams while on his honeymoon.
Is it time we started calling Ben Stiller Hollywood's most successful comedic actor? We think so. Should "Heartbreak Kid" prove a smash, it would be Stiller's fifth consecutive unqualified hit in a row, following "Night at the Museum," "Dodgeball," "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers," which trails only "Home Alone" as the highest-grossing comedy of all time. And he's been doing it for nearly 10 years. His last collaboration with the Farrelly brothers, "There's Something About Mary," scored $176 million in 1998.
And that flick, coincidentally, marked the Farrellys' last hit. None of their movies since has reached $100 million at the box office.
Religion is the opium of the masses, Marx wrote, and it's highly probable the makers of "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising" would agree, given how the book is awash in pagan imagery and power. Young Will Stanton learns that he's the last of a group of powerful immortals and must seek out the ancient things of power for the Light to defeat the Darkness. Could it be the next "Harry Potter" (see " 'Dark Is Rising' Co-Star Amelia Warner Says Her Movie's Hero Could Take Harry Potter")? Fans on the MTV Movies Blog think it will more likely be the next, well, there aren't really words for what they're feeling.
Also opening in somewhat limited release is "Feel the Noise," an urban drama about a Bronx, New York, rapper from producer Jennifer Lopez (who, you might be surprised to learn, is also from the Bronx. Amazing, I know).
The Predictions: Will Ben Stiller spell "Heartbreak" for the weekend's other films, or will "The Dark Is Rising" eclipse the box office? We asked our experts.
What's the #1 flick? How much will it rake in?
Josh Horowitz, MTV Movies editor: "The Heartbreak Kid" ($30 million)
"No, the Farrelly brothers are no longer surefire money in the bank (I'm looking at you, 'Fever Pitch'), but how can I go against these guys re-teaming with Ben Stiller? Besides, it's time that a comedy that doesn't involve Judd Apatow had a chance at the top of the box-office heap. I don't see any newcomers giving this much trouble. The less said about 'The Seeker,' the better."
Larry Carroll, MTV News writer: "The Heartbreak Kid" ($31 million)
"It seems like Ben Stiller could release the home movies of his little kids and, as long as he appeared onscreen with them, he'd have a $30 million opening weekend. Even Stiller's recent lesser films, like 'Dodgeball' and 'Starsky & Hutch,' opened around that magical number. I'm gonna guess that 'Heartbreak' will get a lot of love this weekend -- $31 million."
Taryn Manning, "Weirdsville" actress: "The Heartbreak Kid" ($28 million)
"I love Ben Stiller. We're so in need of some laughter in this society, so those always tend to take #1 if they're really good. The advertising on that film has been insane. It's like billboards all over, trailers that run in, the buses all have it, so I think I'm rooting for that one."
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