New in Theaters: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,' 'Walking with Dinosaurs,' 'American Hustle,' 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

We’ve quite the large batch of new releases heading our way this weekend; while a group of four new releases can be rare, rarer still is that three out of the four were met with decent critical reception, with the lowest rating received (of the well-received films) being 75%.

Said rating was received by Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the latest in the epic saga of the greatest news anchor of our time. Will Ferrell reprises his role as Ron Burgundy, who once again answers the call of the news desk accompanied by his loyal crew (Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner) and his wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate).

The folks at Rotten Tomatoes gave the film the aforementioned rating of 75%. While the consensus is that it isn’t quite as good as the original (when is it ever?), it still holds a goodly amount of laughs, provided you know full well what you’re in for with an Anchorman film. The great and powerful Box Office Guru predicts weekend revenues of $32 million for the film.

Coming out today is Walking with Dinosaurs, a film utilizing new research and CGI to reanimate newly-discovered dinosaur species onscreen, and spin a familiar tale of an underdog dinosaur (Justin Long) who eventually becomes a hero to endure the ages.

This is the only film this weekend to receive a “rotten” rating (28%) from the Tomatometer. The visuals are most definitely striking, especially in 3-D, but the story is so abominable, it may not be worth it even for the effects. Accordingly, it can only expect around $8 million this weekend.

The best-rated film of the batch is American Hustle. The film tells of a fictional political scandal of epic proportions, as a federal agent (Bradley Cooper) enlists a con man and his partner in crime (Christian Bale and Amy Adams, respectively) to infiltrate the Jersey mob; the struggle is not without collateral damage, as politicians (Jeremy Renner) and loved ones (Jennifer Lawrence, the con’s wife) are drawn into the mix, and general craziness follows.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a whopping 94%; the film is hilarious, ambitious, and ultimately entertaining, and it’s one of the year’s must-see films. As it has been in limited release for quite some time, it should expect weekend earnings in the neighborhood of $18 million.

Finally, our last new release is Saving Mr. Banks, where Tom Hanks plays the iconic Walt Disney as he cajoles the author of Mary Poppins (Emma Thompson) to sell him the rights to make a movie out of her book.

The Tomatometer was also kind to this film, as it rated at 80%. Despite some shortfalls and aggressive mawkishness from the screenplay, the movie remains a touching, entertaining film, and can expect around $9 million in revenues over the weekend.

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