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With the limited access to computers I’ll be having over this week and next this will be an abbreviated version of the Box office battle.

This week, four films hit theaters. Will any break out?

“Turbo” features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg and more. And it’s premise about a racing slug has the possibility of attracting the same kind of crowd that Pixar’s “Cars” brought in. But, it’s being released after “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2” and with the much more anticipated (ugh) “The Smurfs 2” still to come, one has to wonder if this will be the odd animated film left out. Still, it still should do better than say “Rise of the Guardians” but probably not by much.

Opening weekend: $30-35 million

James Wan is back with “The Conjuring”. The director of “Saw” and “Insidious” has Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga starring in this film, which is gaining a ton of buzz about how scary it is. It’s not opening in as many theaters as the other films, but this one could make a strong play for first place.

Opening weekend: $28-33 million

“RED 2” stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough. But the star power won’t help this film. The first film opened to $21 million on its way to $90 million domestically and nearly $200 million worldwide. I doubt it matches those numbers domestically as many view it as an unnecessary sequel to an OK first film, though it should open around the same level.

Opening weekend: $20-25 million

Finally we have “R.I.P.D.” The presence of Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds won’t help this film escape its “Men in Black” knockoff feel and, frankly, it looks like this summer’s “Jonah Hex”. Never a good thing.

Opening weekend: $10-15 million

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

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“Men in Black 4” coming

“Men in Black 3” was a mild box office success domestically, though it earned more than $600 million worldwide. That film starred Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. Now Sony is pressing ahead with “Men in Black 4” and going all in with writer  Oren Uziel. Uziel wrote the webseries “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” and is not only writing the new MiB but also rewriting “21 Jump Street 2” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

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

R.I.P.D.

Here’s the trailer for “R.I.P.D.”!!

The film stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds is a cop who dies on duty and joins the Rest In Peace Department. This looks pretty much like “Men in Black” with dead people instead of aliens, but it could be a lot of fun!

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

Director Barry Sonnefeld has made a career out of directing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the “Men in Black” series. The films are about a secret organization protecting the world against aliens. Now, Sonnefeld is set to direct Dwayne Johnson in “Lore”, which tells the story of a secret organization which protects the world from mythological creatures.

While the film sounds entertaining, writers Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott were responsible for “Priest”, so I’m not sure I should have much hope for this one.

Roland Emmerich’s already wreaked havoc on the earth in “Day After Tomorrow” and “2012”. He’s next targeting the White House in “White House Down” starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal. But, two of Emmerich’s best known films may be getting sequels: “Independence Day” and “Stargate”.

Here’s what he told the Hollywood Reporter about an “ID” sequel: “[C]reatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go,” he says. “…Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging.”

Will Smith has shown a willingness to return to hit franchises like “Men in Black”.

And about Stargate: “Stargate has always had this empty hole,” he adds. “When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.”

I was never a huge Stargate fan, but, unless I’m way off base, “Stargate 2” would have to be a prequel wouldn’t it? The TV shows picked up after the movie if I’m not mistaken.

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

In a recent interview, Will Smith said he doesn’t want to be “the sequel” guy. Yet, with “Men in Black 3” in theaters and a flurry of rumors ranging from a sequel to “Independence Day” to “I Am Legend 2” to “I, Robot 2”, it would seem Hollywood has other ideas.

Let me start by saying Smith obviously has acting chops. He was fantastic in “Ali” and great in “The Pursuit of Happyness”. Yet, what is he best known for? Being the fast talker in MIB or from “Bad Boys” or from “Enemy of the State”.  What am I saying? Smith may want to do original films, like “After Earth”, but Hollywood’s going to be knocking on his door a lot for sequels. Smith said there must be a groundswell of support for him to do a sequel. Or a boat load of money. The problem Smith will run into is his box office star status is going to limit the roles he can get. Aside from those rare times in films like (the terrible) “Seven Pounds”, Smith is cast because he can play cocky, fast talking and has box office appeal across age and gender. Smith may say he doesn’t want to be “the sequel guy”, but he may not have too much of a choice. Hollywood wants a “Bad Boys” sequel, a potential “Hancock” sequel and more. It would seem we’ll be seeing Smith in some familiar roles very soon.

And as a note, I don’t buy how he said there must be a groundswell of support. I mean, how many people really wanted “Men in Black 3” to be made? That’s what I thought.

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

Agent J and Agent K return 15 years after the first “Men In Black”. Does “Men In Black 3” recapture the magic of the original or does it lay an egg like “MIB 2”?

The Good

I’ll admit it, I was skeptical of this film. I, like a lot of people, liked the first one, but the second was just so bad. However, director Barry Sonnenfeld and company have made a fun, enjoyable summer film. Smith gives one his most enjoyable performances in while, erasing the subpar performances from “Seven” and “Hancock”. The real star, however, is Josh Brolin. He is so spot on in his look and voice as K (Tommy Lee Jones) it’s incredible. Of course, the aliens are always fun to look at. “MIB” might make its name on over the top jokes, but the best humor comes with some of the more subtle jokes, if you can catch them.

The film doesn’t do anything particularly great, but I had a lot of fun. The plot was serviceable, the humor, when it worked, was very funny and the actors strong. All that equals an enjoyable summer romp.

The Bad

While better than expected, it’s not so good that you’ll be thinking, man I’m glad they made this film. Its humor is very hit or miss. And, after “The Avengers” and “Battleship” I just had a little bit of alien invasion fatigue. “The Avengers” had better action and, arguably, “Battleship” had cooler cinematography. And that’s the root of the film’s main problem. It’s not bad in any one area, but it’s not particularly amazing in any area either. And that actually drags the film down in my eyes a lot from potentially great to just good.

Just a note, don’t think about the story too much. This is a summer blockbuster after all. But if you do, you won’t enjoy the film nearly as much.

The Final Word

Far from the disaster I was expecting, “MIB 3” recaptures the magic from the first film, for the most part. And while it won’t go down as a classic and  it may only be the second best alien invasion film of the month of May, but “MIB 3” is well worth your time.

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

All predictions are for the four day holiday weekend.

“The Avengers” goes for a four-peat Can “Men in Black 3” knock it off?

First let’s start with “Chernobyl Diaries”. Normally, this film could do really solid business over the holiday. But, with so many other options vying for the all important young guys demographic, it’s going to have a tough time making a mark.

Opening weekend: $12-14 million

Total box office gross: $28-33 million

“Men in Black 3” reunites Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith with the addition of Josh Brolin and others for the threequel. Now, it’s been a while since “MIB 2” and that film didn’t do that spectacular You also have to deal with that there’s a generation of kids that feasibly may never have seen “MIB” at all or the TV show. That being said, “The Avengers” has been out long enough that audiences will be looking to go see something new. And, there’s enough people who have fond memories of the previous films to generate some  buzz. It’s reviews aren’t likely to draw in people on the fence, but there’s enough of a crowd that it should win the four day weekend.

Opening weekend: $78-80 million

Total box office gross: $200-205 million

“The Avengers” should take second for the weekend with around $50 million and blowing by the $500 million mark in the process.

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

There will be a six minute preview of the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” playing in front of “Men in Black III”, which stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin.

Just one catch, you have to see it in IMax 3D.

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

“The Avengers” continues its hot streak, finishing No. one yet again, earning an estimated $55 million over the weekend. That brings its domestic total to $457 million and its worldwide total stands at $1.18 billion, the fourth highest total ever behind “Avatar”, “Titanic” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.

“Battleship” took second, but opened lower than “John Carter” with $25.3 million while “The Dictator” took third with $17.4 million. Peter Berg can take solace, however, as his film wasn’t the only to bomb. “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” tanked with just $10.5 million.

Next weekend sees “Men in Black III” be released and one has to think it stands a great shot at ending “The Avengers” reign.

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