By Chris Kavan - 06/24/11 at 08:50 PM CT
It's going to be an interesting match-up this week at the box office - but I have a feeling I know which film is going to come out on top in the battle of family-friendly vs. R-rated foul mouthery.
1) Even though I always thought the original was a bit of a letdown coming from Pixar, I have no doubt that Cars 2 will dominate the weekend. It's been a dry spell for animated films and families have shunned the live-action offerings, so I expect a pretty big weekend for this film. It's Pixar and it's highly marketable - so I have no problems calling this one a hit.
2) On the other hand, another R-rated comedy is trying to follow in the footsteps of 2011 leader Hangover Part 2 and another hit, Bridesmaids. Bad Teacher features a good-looking cast, led by Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake and looks like it has plenty of raunchy fun. Still, critics are saying it lacks any real chemistry and falls a bit flat, so it remains to be seen if this can pull in audiences.
3) For something on the limited side of things you have Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times - pretty much full, behind-the-scenes access to one of America's biggest newspapers in an era when papers themselves are seen as a dying form. As a journalism major, it piques my interest. I wonder what this world will look like ten years from now.
I have a feeling Green Lantern will fall far, Cars 2 will dominate and Bad Teacher will open to decent, but not spectacular, numbers. See you Sunday when I will see if any of my predictions hold up.