BULLSEYE, Feb. 25: 'Hall Pass,' 'Drive Angry 3D,' 'Red Riding,' 'Rango,' More
See where audience interest is leading into the weekend.
It's a weekend for guilty pleasures: The raunchy childishness of the Farrelly Brothers' Hall Pass or the three-dimensional violent camp of Drive Angry?
The Bullseye shows the New Line comedy with the edge over the Summit actioner, as it looms right over the bullseye. But Nic Cage and Amber Heard have a higher Tomatometer score than Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis at the moment. Other signs, however, also point to Hall Pass coming out bigger. But there's a major wild card:
The Biebs. Yep, Paramount is rolling out its "Director's Fan Cut" of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never with loads of extra footage this weekend.
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Holdovers Unknown, Just Go With It and Gnomeo and Juliet could stay strong, as well, but the No. 1 spot will come down to a battle between Hall Pass and Unknown.
As for March 4, Rango is looking very good with an intense, four-quadrant appeal that the biggest animated films manage. Take Me Home Tonight not so much. Beastly is pulling serious intent interest from younger girls while the Matt Damon sci-fi drama The Adjustment Bureau is doing the same for older men.
Mars Needs Moms and Red Riding Hood open March 11, with the Amanda Seyfried fantasy thriller looking strong with women. So does Battle: Los Angeles, but we don't have the data yet for that.
Here's Pamela McClintock's box-office preview for the weekend for added analysis.