Weekend Picks: ‘Battleship,’ ‘The Dictator’ & ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’
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Box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian agrees "Avengers" will keep its lead. But will it break more records? "A likely gross of around $50 million would give the film the second-biggest third weekend performance ever behind only 'Avatar' and it's $68.5 million third weekend. The first 'Spider-Man' had a third weekend of $45 million," he told Yahoo! Movies.
Let's just hope Kevin Costner's forced meeting with "Battleship" director Peter Berg doesn't jinx it into "Water World" territory.
Here is what you can expect of this weekend's wide releases:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for language.
What's the Story?
In case there was any question, this movie is, in fact, based on the popular Hasbro board game of the same name. And the game's famous phrase "You sunk my battleship!" will not be uttered. (Sorry board game commercial fans.) The film's story revolves around the USS John Paul Jones, led by Liam Neeson as Admiral Shane. Out at sea, the Navy finds a force to be reckoned with -- aliens. Explosions, visually-impressive special effects and camera work -- and Rihanna's big screen acting debut -- ensue.
Who Will Dig it?
Military film watchers and action fans can sink their jaws into this one. A good portion of Rihanna's nearly 19 million Twitter following should make an appearance to see her first stab at big screen acting.
Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images.