New in Theaters: 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Snow White and the Huntsman

This weekend, we get to find out which Snow White movie is the fairer one between Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman (SWATH). The former is a comedic take on the classic fairy tale, with Julia Roberts starring as the evil queen and Lily Collins as Snow White. The latter is more serious, with Kristen Stewart starring as the exiled princess and Charlize Theron as the evil queen who likes to drink the blood of virgins to maintain her stunning good looks.

Review-wise, Mirror Mirror has a slight edge over SWATH. Mirror Mirror has a Tomatometer of 50% at Rotten Tomatoes, while SWATH is a few percentage points lower at 46%. The main knock on SWATH, other than the premise that Stewart is better looking fairer than Theron, is that it's a rather generic action-adventure movie.

Despite that, SWATH is projected to have a huge weekend at the box office with a take somewhere in the $40-$50 million range. However, according to early Friday figures, the movie is on track for $48-$52 million weekend.

Mirror Mirror opened with $18 million for a total of $62.5 million at the domestic box office, so clearly, SWATH will win the battle at the box office between the two. Having Bella (Stewart) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the movie certainly help.

With Battleship bombing at the box office, Universal's brass cannot afford to have another big-budget movie fail. It is certain SWATH will make over $100 million at the domestic box office when its run is over, but it doesn't look like it'll break the $200 million mark judging by the competition it will face in the coming weeks.

That's a problem because SWATH cost $170 million to make. Unless, it receives a lot, and I mean a lot, of help overseas, someone's head will probably roll at Universal.

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