New in Theaters: 'The Five-Year Engagement', 'The Raven', 'Safe', 'The Pirates!'

The Five-Year Engagement

Four wide releases are vying for your box office dollars this weekend, but they are in the unenviable position of having to open a week before The Avengers. But hey, it's better to open the week before than a week after.

In the romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star as an engaged couple who puts off saying I do for a couple of years. The movie will mine their obstructions in getting to the altar for laughs until the very last frame.

Since the movie sounds like it may skew toward an older audience than the typical romantic comedies, let's see how the critics rate the movie.

With a Tomatometer of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Five-Year Engagement is an agreeable romantic comedy that touches upon some deep subject matter, critics say. Though the movie could use a trim, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt have a good rapport with each other and their characters are likeable enough that audiences won't mind riding out some of the slower parts of the movie.

The Five-Year Engagement is projected to unseat Think Like a Man as the number one movie at the box office this weekend with an estimated take of $21-$23 million.

The Raven was originally scheduled to be released back on March 9th, but for some unknown reason, it was pushed back to April 27th. The movie stars John Cusack as the author Edgar Allan Poe who has to solve the mystery of who is using his stories as a basis for the murders happening around town. Intrigued?

You're not alone if you're not. With a Tomatometer of 21%, The Raven is dull mystery thriller that critics say will fail to satisfy fans of the genre.

The box office projection corroborates this as well. The Raven is expected to make somewhere in the $10-$11 million range this weekend.

You know what you're getting with a Jason Statham movie: you go in, you eat your popcorn, and you watch Statham go to work - and that usually means him using whatever implements of destruction at his disposal to dispatch the bad guys. His new movie, Safe, doesn't deviate from that script.

Statham plays a cage fighter who has crossed the Russian mafia, and his wife paid the ultimate price for his actions. When he encounters a girl being chased by the same people who've killed his wife, Russian mafia or not, he springs into action, literally and figuratively.

With a Tomatometer of 55%, Safe is not an exceptional actioner, but it's far from being the worst. In fact, the movie's Tomatometer is around what the first two Transporter movies got. So, if you like those, this one should be a safe bet.

As for how it'll do at the box office this weekend, the movie is projected to make somewhere in the $7-$8 million range.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits is made by the same people who've done those Wallace and Gromit movie and having made over $56 million overseas, the movie is looking for some box office gold in this part of the world.

If you like action, comedy, and hijinks out on the high seas, then this claymation is for you. With a Tomatometer of 88%, The Pirates! will have you rolling with laughter at its silliness.

After all it's said and done, the movie may find $15-$18 million buried at the box office this weekend.

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