New in Theaters: 'Battleship', 'What to Expect When You're Expecting', 'The Dictator'

Posted 8:07 PM May 18th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

After two weekends of The Avengers dominating the box office, the other studios felt that it's safe to have multiple wide releases in theaters again. So this weekend, we'll see Battleship, What to Expect When You're Expecting, and The Dictator in the signage along with the older releases.

Battleship was released a month earlier overseas and is just now making its way here. The movie may share its name with Hasbro's boardgame of the same name – in fact, Hasbro is one of the producers of the movie – but as you probably know, there's no other similarities other than a battleship being involved.

The movie stars Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, and the ubiquitous Liam Neeson and is about the US military fighting off an alien invasion using their superior mettle versus the alien's superior technology.

With a Tomatometer of 36%, Battleship is about what the last Transformers movie, Dark of the Moon, got at Rotten Tomatoes. As with that Transformers movie, Battleship's main attraction are the special effects. Anyone looking for anything more will find out why the movie has a Tomatometer of 36%.

Battleship is projected to make somewhere in the range of $38-$47 million this weekend.

Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy The Dictator, in which he plays a Middle East dictator who went from riches to rags while visiting New York, was released on Wednesday.

It has made over $7 million over two days and is expected to add an additional $18 million this weekend. With a Tomatometer of 61%, The Dictator is the best-reviewed wide release this week and is just a six percentage points lower than Baron's 2009 comedy, Bruno.

What to Expect When You're Expecting shares its title with that baby bible of the same name, and like Battleship, it has few similarities to its source material. The movie focuses on several couples in different circumstances, but what they all have in common is that they're all expecting a baby, something they may or may not be able to handle.

If you want want to watch a movie where Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, and Brooklyn Decker are all in it, What to Expect When You're Expecting is it.

However, its 22% Tomatometer may give you pause. Critics say with so many characters, the movie is too disjointed and the laughs too inconsistent to labor through it. The movie is projected to make in the range of $15-$22 million this weekend.

As for The Avengers, the movie has already crossed the billion dollar mark and will add an additional $52-$56 million to its total this weekend. As it stands, The Avengers is already number 8 on the list of all-time box office grossers and it's still climbing. Without a doubt, it'll be in the top 5 when it's run is over.

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