This weekend, March 16-18, will see the releases of 21 Jump Street and Casa de mi Padre.
21 Jump Street is the new film from Columbia Pictures that stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum; yes girls, Channing Tatum. But he wont be making you cry in this film as it is a comedy, based on the old television series which starred Johnny Depp. 21 Jump Street looks like a real breakout; the marketing has been great, the trailers are extremely funny, emphasis on funny, and of course there's Jonah and Channing. Jonah will bring in the laugh seekers and Channing will bring in the females. Even critics are impressed with this movie as it currently holds a 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is very good for a comedy of its type.
The other releases, Casa de mi Padre, is being released by Lionsgate, but in only 382 theaters; Jump Street is claiming over 3100. Casa is Will Ferrell in an all Spanish movie. Most of what Will Ferrell says is funny so I'll assume that he'll even be funny with subtitles. Casa currently holds a 41% on RT.
Seeking Justice, Friends With Kids, and Jeff Who Lives at Home are also being released this weekend in less than 700 theaters, so don't expect huge numbers.
Unless audiences suddenly decided to drive past it, Jump Street will claim #1 this weekend, followed by Lorax at #2, and John Carter, Project X, and Act of Valor at #3, #4, and #5. 21 Jump Street is also rated R; sorry middle schoolers. Next weekend, Hunger Games!