First up is the prequel to the first four films, X-Men:First Class. There have been enough TV commercials so you should know what to expect. It is basically the X-Men as young adults learning about their powers. Nothing new here so while it won’t break any new ground in the story, it will still draw the loyal legion of fans who are invested in the story. The first four averaged $82 on their opening weekends with the third installment being the most popular at $102M. I’m going to say $73M and that will be enough to be at the top of the list on Sunday.
Next up is the comedy drama, Submarine, from The Weinstein Company and Ben Stiller. That is a pretty impressive pedigree considering that is the company that brought us The Kings Speech and of course, Ben Stiller. An accomplished comedic and dramatic actor, he brings a wealth of experience so this film should be excellent. The trailer is good so as long as those aren’t the only good parts of the movie, it should do well.
Finally we have the drama, The Beginners. Also from the Weinstein Company, this starrs Ewan McGregor. It is a story about a young man who meets a girl shortly after the death of his father, played by Christopher Plummer, and attempts to love her with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him. Plummer’s character comes out of the closet after his wife of 45 years dies and at age 75 lives a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. This brings father and son closer together then they have ever been.
Well, stop back Sunday to see just how well X-Men does.