The Tooth Fairy and her friends will be no match for a couple of sharp-fanged
After debuting with a massive $141.1 million last weekend, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" is expected to rule the multiplex again over the holiday. The fifth and final installment in the vampire franchise will likely rake in another $50 million by Sunday, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
That's far more than what
The other two new films hitting theaters on Wednesday --
Produced by DreamWorks Animation for roughly $145 million, "Rise of the Guardians" is the last DreamWorks film to be distributed by
The brainchild of children's author William Joyce, "Guardians" tells the story of folk heroes trying to protect the world's children from an evil Boogeyman-esque character. Unlike DreamWorks' successful comedy-based franchises "
This weekend, "Guardians" will debut overseas in only eight markets, including Russia,
"Life of Pi," meanwhile, is based on author Yann Martel's bestselling 2001 book about a young boy who survives the sinking of a cargo ship and is then stranded in the middle of the ocean on a raft with four animals. Executives at Fox have admitted that the film is one of its most expensive gambles ever, since its star is an unknown Indian actor and the story is not based on a well known brand or comic book.
Of the films hitting the multiplex this weekend, "Pi" has the best reviews; on Thursday, the film had notched a 88% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If positive word-of-mouth doesn't make the movie a hit in North America, Fox is optimistic the picture will perform well overseas -- particularly in Asia, home territory of filmmaker Lee and star Suraj Sharma. The movie opens in
"Red Dawn" has also faced its challenges.
The film, which stars
"Red Dawn" also made headlines last year when MGM agreed to digitally alter the film to appease the Chinese government. Originally, the villains in the movie were Chinese, but because China is such an important market for Hollywood films, the studio removed any Chinese flags and military symbols from the film. The bad guys in the film now hail from North Korea.