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Two big movies are hitting theaters tomorrow. One a sure-fire family hit, the other a big budget western blockbuster. How well will they do?

“Monsters University” may have taken the top spot the past two weekends, but this is the first summer in a long while that another studio is going to smash them for the top spot in terms of animated films. Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” sees Steve Carell return to voice Gru and the minions are back in full force. The first film earned more than $250 million. And with no major animated films coming out (sorry “Turbo) this is going to at least exceed that by a little bit. Expect a monstrous first week.

Opening week: $110-120 million.

Armie Hamer and Johnny Depp star in “The Lone Ranger”, the big budget film that reunites Depp with “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski. Disney’s playing up that angle a lot, but it has a lot going against it. First, the last Western film to open over the July 4 holiday? “Wild Wild West”. And while “True Grit” was very successful, earning $171 million domestically, that was an Oscar contender and had Jeff Bridges. The last summer Western films have been utter failures with “Cowboys and Aliens” and “Jonah Hex”. With a lot of competition for the young male crowd, this film won’t reach the heights Disney was hoping. In fact, it likely won’t earn as much as”True Grit” after it’s all said and done.

Opening week: $70-80 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Timothy Olyphant is no stranger to the western genre, starring in the terrific “Justified” and having a role in “Rango”. Now he’s set to sign on for “Bone Tomahawk”, a western horror film. I know, sounds like it could be as bad as “Jonah Hex” but one look at the cast and you’ll be exited. Kurt Russell as a sheriff, Peter Sarsgaard as a cowboy, Richard Jenkins as a confused old man and Jennifer Carpenter as the woman they all must rescue makes me want to see this very badly. Heck if they had Sam Elliot, that would be a pretty neat cameo.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

One is one of sci-fi fanboys’ favorite actresses. The other is…well…not. But, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek 2, Avatar) and Megan Fox (Transformers, Jonah Hex) will be teaming up to produce and star in the action-heist film “Swindle”.

Now, I may not be a fan of Fox’s acting, but I do like Saldana. And, let’s face it, to many people, these are two of the more physically attractive actresses in Hollywood right now. So, the team up can’t turn out that bad right?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.