‘Zombieland’ And ‘Whip It’ Are But A Small Sampling Of The Options In This Week’s Box Office Poll

Please excuse the delay in running this week’s Box Office Poll. I experienced some technical difficulties when working from home yesterday, so I put this post off for today. What a week we’re in for movies. I don’t know about y’all, but every wide release that opens is on my list as well as a fair few of the limited releases. So let’s get to it.

Tough to say what the big one for the week is going to be. I think the top contender — though not necessarily by a wide margin — is “Zombieland,” a comedy-horror flick starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. As a zombie apocalypse sweeps across the world, the foursome set out on a cross-country trip to… well I’m not entirely sure. They kill lots of zombies though.

The other top contender for (non-family) picks is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, “Whip It.” Adapted from the Shauna Cross novel “Derby Girl,” “Whip It” follows a Texas beauty queen (Ellen Page) who, in an act of rebellion, joins a local roller derby league. It may not be a terribly original story, but “Whip It” boasts a cast that includes strong female presences like Page, Barrymore, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis and Zoe Bell.

Those who prefer their comedy straight — as opposed to having it tinged with horror or family drama — need look no further that the Ricky Gervais-directed-and-starring “The Invention of Lying.” Imagine a world in which no one ever figured out how to lie. Then one day, some random guy has the brilliant idea to fudge the facts a little. Awesome idea… plus, I hear it’s pretty great.

Of course, if you’ve got kids, younger siblings or a hankering to see cool crap popping off the screen, this week is your chance to catch the tiny release window for Disney’s new 3-D-ified “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” which screen in a double feature. With “Toy Story 3” out next summer, this is a great way to catch up on the antics of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang.

Things are just as tantalizing on the limited release front. As we learned this morning, Friday brings with it a wider opening for “Paranormal Activity.” There’s also the new Coen brothers flick “A Serious Man,” which MTV’s Josh Horowitz very much enjoyed. Also: Michael Moore’s new flick, “Capitalism: A Love Story“; John Keats-focused period drama “Bright Star” (directed by Jane Campion); sports doc “More Than A Game“; and the Clive Owen-starring family drama “The Boys Are Back.” What’s on tap for you?