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June Forecast

By Marty Doskins

This month sure is different from May. I see three, maybe four, big box office movies this time around. The numbers should drop off quite steadily after those top three. The big winner should be a comic book-based film with a bunch of sequels lying in wait. Let’s get to the Top 10:

1. The Hulk

Comic books seem to have the reputation as a kid’s format or only for geeks. Everyone seems to put aside these notions when it comes to box office number, however. The CGI main character should rake in the big bucks when this film is released on the 20th. We’ve been getting longer and longer sneak peeks at this film for about a year. I think the studio has picked a good marketing strategy and they are releasing this film at the height of public interest.

2. Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle

Hot babes. Martial arts. Intrigue. Adventure. First film big at the box office. It all adds up to an exciting sequel. People loved the idea of the popular TV show of the 1970s and it carried over to big numbers for the first movie. The combination was there and the studio has brought it all back together again for the sequel. This film will not disappoint its fans.

3. Hollywood Homicide

Harrison Ford = success. Josh Hartnett = success. Combine them in a “buddy film” and you can’t miss, right? I think so. There’s been a big marketing push for this film for about six weeks before its release. You’ve got two of the most popular actors in film today and it looks like they have some on-screen chemistry. This movie should overshadow its “competition” on opening weekend.

4. 2 Fast 2 Furious

This is where I see the drop-off taking place in box office numbers. I don’t know how many people realize that Vin Diesel isn’t in this follow-up to the original 2002 movie. I think you may see a pretty decent opening on this one, but then a HUGE drop-off in numbers. Unless this film can stand on its own, the studio is going to be extremely disappointed.

5. Rugrats Go Wild!

Two popular Nickelodeon TV shows come together in this movie – Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. Will these two television powerhouses add up to success at the box office? The studio should be pretty happy with this one. It should also have pretty good legs like many kids/family films. And don’t forget Bruce Willis as Spike the dog.

6. Alex and Emma

For those members of the viewing public that aren’t going to want to see The Hulk, the studio offers this alternative. A romantic comedy about an author and his assistant who fall in love, just like the characters in the book he is writing. Isn’t that sweet? It will get lost under The Hulk’s huge box office muscle, but should do fairly decent for those who just can’t get into green muscle-bound guys.

7. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

This one sounds a lot like 2 Fast 2 Furious. There’s no Jim Carrey – he’s too busy being God. There’s no Jeff Daniels – not sure what he’s too busy doing. The studio wrote a script, found out they weren’t going to get Carrey and Daniels, got a couple of guys who look like they MIGHT be Carrey and Daniels when they were younger, and now they’re hoping for the best. This is going to be ugly at the box office, folks.

8. Prozac Nation

The oft-delayed Christina Ricci mov... What?! It’s moved again?! ...Sorry, guys. We’ll try this again later in the year.

9. From Justin to Kelly

No one really wants to see this, do they? Didn’t anyone learn from that Cancun spring break film? Reality television doesn’t play well on the big screen.

10. 28 Days Later

Was anyone really clamoring for a sequel to the Sandra Bullock drug rehab movie? There has to be some kind of contractual issue related to this release. I just can’t see this doing well at all.

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