1. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (Touchstone, 1,271 Theaters, 76 Minutes, Rated G): Yes, there is one juggernaut of a movie this week. One film that will rule the box office> Madea? She’s going to wish she is really is in jail? Jason? Sweating behind his hockey mask. Slumdog Millionaire? That Oscar will do you no good.
Yes, the overwhelming popularity of the tween audience will make these three quasi-talented brothers dominate the weekend box office, if the performance of Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds is any indication.
If you are an adult, with no 12 year old daughters, this will mean nothing to you. But the Disney-riffic singers have the youth of this country whipped up into a frenzy. I don’t know why, I just hope the fad passes before my daughter enters her pre-teens.
2. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (Fox, 1,136 Theaters, 96 Minutes, Rated PG-13): I just realized that this week has two films with pretty long titles. Man, this must wreak havoc with any theater that still has a marquee. I’d imagine they’re probably going to be running out of letters.
So, it’s gotten to the point that are doing franchise reboots of video game properties. I’m not a bible scholar, but I think that might be a sign of the apocalypse.
There is some differences from the 1994 Jean Claude Van Damme Street Fighter. This one seems less camptastic than that one. It also features a pretty intriguing cast, including one, honest to goodness Oscar nominee in the cast (although Michael Clarke Duncan might have just worn away all the luster from that fact by his post The Green Mile film choices). It also focuses on a select few characters from the video game, with Chun-Li, personified by Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk, being the focus.