The Weekend Warrior: July 20 – 22

ON’s The Weekend Warrior Blog has been updated with a preview of the new releases in theaters this weekend. You can check out the Weekend Warrior’s preview and box office analysis for the movies in wide release and check back later for his look at this week’s Chosen One, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, and the other limited releases.

For the first time this summer, we might have a real horse race at the box office for the top spot, and it all depends on whether Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix can hold up in its second weekend against two strong new movies that will likely split up audiences. Adam Sandler has such a large built-in fanbase for his comedies that $40 million opening tends to be a given, except that I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, his first movie for Universal in ten years, has such a divisive subject matter, that of gay marriage. It has to contend with New Line’s big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, based on John Waters’ 1988 comedy, which will be a significant draw for women and yes, gay men, as it tries to continue the success of musicals like Chicago and Dreamgirls, rather than following the path of the last movie-turned-musical-turned-movie, The Producers.

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