New in Theaters: 'The Croods,' 'Olympus Has Fallen,' 'Admission,' 'Spring Breakers'


There are several movies opening this week, and as with any weekend offering this many new films, there’s quite a variety in terms of genre and quality.

One of today’s releases is The Croods, a Dreamworks yarn about a prehistoric family’s search for a home in an unfamiliar world.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a respectable 63% rating. Critics say that, while the film isn’t quite as sophisticated (ha) as today’s animated films, it’s still a decent family film, and well worth watching. HSX predicts opening weekend revenues of $43-$46 million.

Also coming out today is Olympus Has Fallen, a film of decidedly different mood. This release tells of a terrorist takeover of the White House, and one disgraced presidential guard’s struggle to take it back.

Critics didn’t take quite as kindly to this film: the Tomatometer currently rates it at 51%. The film apparently is cliché and unoriginal, with appeal only in the more action-packed sequences of the movie. The film can expect $20-23 million for its opening weekend gross.

Another, lighter film also opens today: Admission, an interesting variant of the increasingly popular road-trip comedy involving a Princeton admissions officer who encounters several unexpected developments to her usual recruiting trip.

As potentially interesting as this sounds, the execution was apparently somewhat lacking, as Rotten Tomatoes gave it only 45%. Critics say the film ultimately does not live up to its potential, and is forgettable more than anything else. Accordingly, its weekend earnings are estimated to be between $7.5 million and $8.8 million.

Finally, the last release coming out this week is Spring Breakers, a twist on your standard college spring break tale, involving drugs, violence, and crime as four college girls embark on a spring break that is memorable in all the wrong ways.

Weirdly, this film earned the best rating of this week’s new releases: a 69% on the Tomatometer. While some say it’s a little contrived, most agree that it offers an interesting commentary on societal trends and messages surrounding the infamous institution of spring break, and is a cohesive, memorable film. It’s set to make between $7 million and $9 million over the weekend.

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