New in Theaters: 'Kick-Ass 2,' 'Jobs,' 'Paranoia,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

The Butler

We've another very full weekend ahead of us--once again, four new releases are crowding their way into theaters this weekend. However, instead of staggering releases from Wednesday onward (as was the case last week), everything's opening today, which will make for some mean competition at the box office.

One of the films opening today is the sequel to the tongue-in-cheek film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name: Kick-Ass 2. Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse reprise their roles in this sequel, where the heroics of Kick-Ass have inspired people across the city to imitate his example--however, his actions have also inspired vengeance from a front that fans of the first film will find all too familiar.

Unfortunately, the folks at Rotten Tomatoes felt the film fell short of the reputation of the first film, giving it only 27%. The wit, originality, and style of the original film, making it boring (despite the omnipresence of violence in the film). The Box Office Guru predicts around $22 million for the film over the weekend.

Also coming out today is Jobs, the biography of the famous co-founder of Apple (portrayed by Ashton Kutcher) made into a film filled with inspiration, energy, and triumph.

That was the intention, anyway. Once again, the critics at Rotten Tomatoes were not convinced--the film earned an overall rating of 25%. The film does Jobs' tale well enough, but the portrayal of the famous figure is "skin-deep," and leaves the audience wanting. Accordingly, it can only expect around $9 million over the weekend.

Our third new release is Paranoia, a decidedly darker film than its fellow releases this week, based on the Robert Luketic novel of the same name. Liam Hemsworth plays an enterprising young man caught in the potentially deadly power struggle between two corporate giants, played by Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.

If the lower-rated releases this weekend have anything to be grateful for, it's that they weren't rated as badly as Paranoia, which sits at 5% on the Tomatometer. Despite the film's star-studded cast, it feels trite and dull, due mostly to a lackluster script. The film is projected to gross around $8 million this weekend.

Finally, we have Lee Daniels' The Butler, another more solemn film opening today. Forest Whitaker leads the cast as a butler in the White House that served under eight different presidents, and saw the nation undergo incredible changes during his lifetime.

This film was the only one to receive a fresh rating from the often-cruel Tomatometer: a respectable 72%. The film is emotional and powerful to the point of being gut-wrenching at times--enough to overcome some rough points in the script. The Butler is predicted to earn $20 million on its opening weekend.

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