After debuting with a healthy $85.7 million, the 3-D superhero sequel is expected to collect at least an additional $40 million during its second weekend in theaters, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Providing the only other competition is the only new wide release "The Best Man Holiday," a modestly budgeted sequel aimed at African Americans poised to debut with a robust $23 million. (Universal Pictures, which is distributing the film, is predicting an opening of around $17 million.)
"The Best Man Holiday," about a group of old friends who reunite over Christmas, has earned largely positive reviews. The film is a sequel to 1999's "The Best Man," which grossed $34 million. Both films were directed by Malcom D. Lee and feature many of the same actors, including Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard and
There are a number of holiday-themed films featuring black ensemble casts hitting theaters this fall, including "Black Nativity" and "
In limited release,