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Movies Released April 22, 2011

This Year in Movies - African Cats, Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, and Water for Elephants open in wide release this weekend. Madea is the clear favorite for the top grossing movie. Tyler Perry has had a very lucrative run at the box office, many times writing, directing and producing two movies a year. The most successful movies have been the ones with 'Madea' at the front of the title. Madea Goes To Jail took in over $41 million its opening weekend in 2009. Happy Family probably won't be able to match that performance, but instead look for a 3-day gross around $30 million. Tyler Perry's big weakness is the second weekend. Regardless of how Happy Family does it first week, expect a steep fall off afterwards. Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson will likely come in third place with Water for Elephants grossing around $15 million. Disneynature's annual Earth Day release, African Cats, should take in around $5 million. On 2010's Earth Day, Oceans sold $6 million in tickets.

Last weekend, Rio came in just shy of $40 million. It was good enough for the #1 spot on the charts and the top open of 2011. There wasn't much good news for the Scream franchise. While predictions were overly optimistic, it doesn't look like the series aged well. Scream 2 racked up close to $33 million and Scream 3 did nearly $35 million their first weekends. This was back when movie tickets averaged around $5.... Read More
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African Cats poster

African Cats 1,220 theaters

Two cat families in East Africa teach survive on their power and their cunning, while they protect and teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Water for Elephants poster

Water for Elephants 2,817 theaters

Reese Witherspoon Robert Pattinson Hal Holbrook Paul Schneider

A 90-year-old man reminisces about his life during the Depression, when he found work at a B-level circus taking care of the animals. He sees the brutality of circus life... more

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family poster

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family 2,288 theaters

Bow Wow Loretta Devine Isaiah Mustafa

Based on Tyler Perry's play of the same name. Shirley learns that she has terminal cancer and only a few weeks to live so she decides to get her family together to tell ... more

The Bang Bang Club poster

The Bang Bang Club Limited

Ryan Phillippe Malin Akerman Taylor Kitsch Patrick Lyster

Four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold poster

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Limited

Morgan Spurlock examines the world of advertising by making a film financed entirely by product placement.

Deep Gold poster

Deep Gold Limited

Shortly after free diver Amy Sanchez breaks a freediving record, her boyfriend, a pilot transporting millions of dollar of gold, mysteriously vanishes.

Incendies poster

Incendies Limited

Lubna Azabal Remy Girard Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin Maxim Gaudette

Twins journey to the Middle East to unearth their family tree.

Grave Encounters poster

Grave Encounters

Sean Rogerson Juan Riedinger Ashleigh Gryzko Mackenzie Gray

Lance Preston (Sean Rogerson) and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychi... more

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The Warring States Limited

A historical epic about rival military strategists, Sun Bin and Pang Juan, two students of military strategy who fought for supremacy during China’s Warring States Period... more

Dum Maaro Dum poster

Dum Maaro Dum 101 theaters

Abhishek Bachchan Bipasha Basu

A crime thriller set in the tourist hotspot of Goa, India.

When Harry Tries To Marry poster

When Harry Tries To Marry New York / Los Angeles

Rahul Rai Stefanie Estes Freishia Bomanbehram Osvaldo Hernandez

When Harry Tries to Marry is a cross-cultural romantic comedy about a young Indian-born bachelor who lives in New York City. Harry's handsome and charming, but he’s cynic... more

Zokkomon poster

Zokkomon 24 theaters

Kunal, an orphaned boy, discovers how cruel life is when he is abandoned by his heartless uncle. Left to fend for himself, Kunal soon realizes the hero within and begins ... more

Applause poster

Applause Limited

Paprika Steen Michael Falch Sara-Marie Maltha Shanti Roney

Recovering alcoholic stage actress, Thea Barfoed (Paprika Steen) has gone through turmoil. Having divorced her husband, Christian (Michael Falch), and relinquished custod... more

The Scenesters poster

The Scenesters 1 theater

Sherilyn Fenn

A director loses funding for his avant-garde documentary and takes a job as a crime-scene videographer. He meets a crime-scene cleaner who begins finding key clues in a s... more

Stake Land poster

Stake Land 1 theater

Michael Cerveris Danielle Harris Nick Damici Sean Nelson

When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearf... more

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen poster

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Limited

Donnie Yen Shu Qi

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, a mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is a disguised Chen Zhen, who in... more

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