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Box Office Preview - February 26 - 'Cop Out' and 'The Crazies' are coming

Hitting the screens this week… Cop Out

The Crazies

The Ghost Writer (limited - Chicago)

A Town Called Panic (limited - Portland)

Check FILM REVIEWS Friday morning for full reviews of these films.

This week boasts two new wide releases, the highly anticipated Kevin Smith movie Cop Out and the Romero remake of The Crazies. However, in limited released there’s Roman Polanski’s latest, The Ghost Writer which doesn’t seem to stand a ghost of a chance up against the other wide releases. On an even smaller scale is A Town called Panic which centers around the comic misadventures of Cowboy, Indian, and Horse and that’s about it for new releases.

In terms of box office, Shutter Island shows no signs of stopping, but my bet is that Kevin Smith fans (especially after the whole Southwest thing) will turn out to show their support. “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan can’t hurt either.

The Crazies has a lot to contend with in its opening weekend. Shutter Island isn’t letting go of a number 1 or 2 spot so my guess is that their numbers for this weekend will be anything but crazy.

Rounding out the list are Avatar and Valentine’s Day. The two former favorites look like they’ve got their work cut out for them with this week’s 2 new releases. It won’t be long before Valentine’s Day disappears altogether, but both these movies’ performances last weekend guarantee them at least a spot on the top 5.

Each week we’ll take a look at the box office and see if we can’t nail the Top 5 films (in correct order).

It’s harder than you think. If you don’t believe, let’s see what your answers are.

My prediction for the weekend of Feb. 26 – 28…

1. Cop Out

2. Shutter Island

3. The Crazies

4. Avatar

5. Valentine’s Day

So what are your Top 5 at the box office this weekend?

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