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A pair of new releases take aim at Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson.

Can either take over the top spot?

The short answer is no. “Beauty and the Beast” fell 48 percent in its second weekend. That mark is a pretty strong hold considering the size of its opening weekend.

A similar drop this weekend will put it in the $45 to 50 million range.

“The Boss Baby” will be the top newcomer in second. The animated film may not live up to past animated hits, including last year’s “Home” or even “The Croods” and may only get to $30 to 35 million.

Opening in third will be “Ghost in the Shell” with Scarlett Johansson. Pre-release tracking had it around the likes of “The Maze Runner” so expect this one to earn around $30 million.

Two highly anticipated sequels and one new film on the block look to take advantage of the lucrative Memorial Day weekend. What film will come out on top?

This is going to come down to a (pardon the pun) race between “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6”. Todd Phillips’ latest wisely decided to open one day early. But this one has a lot working against it. The second film opened big a couple of years back, but then went away quickly, not even matching its predecessor, despite opening twice as big. Third films in franchises, (“Shrek the Third”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix Revolutions”) rarely perform as well as the first two installments. And the second one was hated by critics and fans a like. This one’s getting trashed by the critics too, so this one won’t come close to the first two film’s grosses. Still, a five-day opening of $95-105 million seems possible, but expect it also to fade fast.

“Fast and Furious 6” on the other hand is hot on the heels of “Fast Five”, which became the highest grossing film in the franchise and the most critically loved one as well. The film sees Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson return, as well as Michelle Rodriguez and a lot of others. Luke Evans joins as the villain. This film may have a tough time matching the last film because of all the competition this summer, but Universal clearly believes in this film, hiring “Saw” director James Wan to take over from Justin Lin for “Fast and Furious 7”. This one has a lot of pent up demand and is a lot more accessible than “The Hangover Part III”, though it still targets males.

A four-day opening north of $100 million should be the standard (If you include Thursday night shows).

“Epic” seems like the odd film out. It should be a hit. It’s the first animated film since “The Croods” and families will be looking for a movie to see. But, animated action films always tend to be a tougher sell and previews have given off very different tones for the film. A voice cast that includes Pit Bull, Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfreid, Beyonce and Colin Farrell is an interesting mix. And this one should be a modest hit over the four-day weekend. However, this is also a film that could break out in a big way if families are determined to see a film, though I think most will wait for “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University”. But I think a four-day opening of $45 million plus is within reach.

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

“The Croods” sequel in the works

Considering it should close domestically with around $200 million and worldwide a much higher gross, it should come as no surprise that DreamWorks is developing a sequel to “The Croods”. DreamWorks needed this film to do well after “Rise of the Guardians” bombed badly. “The Croods” featured the voices of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener and more.

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The Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell produced remake of “Evil Dead” scared its way into the top spot at the box office, earning $26 million over the weekend. That’s  the good news. The bad news is it was front loaded on Friday and movie goers gave it a C+ score, which doesn’t bode well for this film having any sort of legs. The Steven Spielberg classic “Jurassic Park 3D” opened in fourth with $18.2 million, which is on par with the other live action 3D re-releases (“Titanic” and “Star Wars”). Second place was a virtual tie between “The Croods” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”.

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

Finally, another good weekend at the box office for Hollywood. The animated film “The Croods”, which features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener topped the box office with $44.7 million. That’s a little higher than “How To Train Your Dragon”, which went on to earn more than $200 million after holding exceptionally well in 2010 around the same time. It’s tough to see this movie hold quite as well, but it should definitely get to $180 million if it can hold reasonably well. “Olympus Has Fallen”, or the first Die Hard film to come out this year, opened to $30.5 million for the highest opening of an action movie this year. That’s good news for Gerard Butler who has been in a string of bombs.

Speaking of bombs, despite starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, “Admission” earned just $6.4 million. Add in “Oz The Great and Powerful”, which added $22 million and for the first time in a while, we had three movies earn at least $20 million. But if you look at the weekend comparisons to last year, why did it seem so low and behind? That’s because last year “The Hunger Games” opened to more than $150 million.

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

Can someone knock off Sam Raimi’s “Oz The Great and Powerful”?

The short answer is yes. “The Croods”, which features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman is the first bona fide big family movie of the year. Lots of marketing and with a lack of family films recently except for “Escape From Planet Earth” means families will be out in some good numbers to see this film.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

“Olympus Has Fallen”, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, is the best “Die Hard” film to come out this year. I’ll have my review up on this film later this weekend, but despite being a decent action flick it likely won’t break the spell of action movies performing poorly at the box office.

Opening weekend: $18-23 million

Offered as counter programming, “Admission” is an interesting film. It’s a romantic comedy, yes, but it also stars Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Gloria Reuben, Nat Wolff and Lily Tomlin, which is a heck of a cast. But it’ll likely fail to find much of an audience.

Opening weekend: $5-10 million

Also, “Spring Breakers” expands into more than 1,000 theaters. But don’t expect it to do much more than $5 million.

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

No matter what way you slice it, aside from “Identity Thief” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, 2013 has been a terrible year so far for film. I’m not just talking about the quality of the movies. Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson all opened action films. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is doing the best and it’s trailing “Live Free or Die Hard” by a significant margin. Even “Safe Haven”, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation couldn’t match some of the recent hits based on his novel. But March should have a number of blockbusters right?

We’ve got horror with “The Last Exorcism Part II”, special effects fueled tent poles in “Jack the Giant Slayer”, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Croods”. Gerard Butler joins the action movie game this year with “Olympus Has Fallen” and then there’s “The Host” and “Oz The Great and Powerful”. There’s also more coming out as well. March has seen some huge blockbusters, most notably “Alice in Wonderland” and “300”. But don’t expect any of March’s films to reach those levels.

“The Last Exorcism” will be a success, but only because it doesn’t come with a huge budget. “Jack the Giant Slayer” from Bryan Singer is in big trouble. So far, audience reaction to the trailers have been luke warm at best. It lacks the star power and the known quantity at director to really draw people in. This one may open decently, but will fade fast. “Oz” should open big. But “Alice in Wonderland” big? It’s tough to tell. It is set in the Oz universe, which is beloved by many. But James Franco’s performance in the trailer seems awfully dreadful. And since leaving “Spider-Man”, Sam Raimi hasn’t had a big hit. But this could be the one film to be a bona fide blockbuster by the time March is over.

“Olympus Has Fallen” looks like Die Hard with Butler. And when’s the last time Butler’s made a good movie? This has bomb written all over it. “The Host” is going to struggle much like “Beautiful Creatures” did. There just hasn’t been another book like ‘Twilight” that attracted the young female crowd in droves.

“The Call” with Halle Berry will have limited appeal. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” could do well since people may be looking for another all-star high concept comedy. And “The Croods” being the first big family release in a while, should draw in the family crowd in decent numbers. G.I. Joe will open decently, but well below the original. I mean how many people really wanted a sequel? Think about it.

March has become a time when a blockbuster can be released other than the summer and Christmas period. But with so many films coming out and the levels of quality not exactly looking like it’s top notch, be prepared for a lot of disappointments.

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

Are you ready for “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2” and “How To Train Your Dragon 3”? I hope so because they are coming. DreamWorks Animation announced release dates for several projects.

  • The Croods for March 22, 2013
  • Turbo for July 19, 2013
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman for November 1, 2013
  • Me and My Shadow for March 14, 2014
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 for June 20, 2014
  • Happy Smekday! for November 26, 2014
  • The Penguins of Madagascar for March 27, 2015
  • Trolls (working title) for June 5, 2015
  • B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations for November 6, 2015
  • Mumbai Musical (working title) for December 19, 2015
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 for March 18, 2016
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3 for June 18, 2016 

I’m a little surprised they’re making another Kung Fu Panda. And, to be honest, I don’t think the “Penguins of Madagascar” is going to be successful either.

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