Hop versus Source Code

April 1st is here and jokes aside, it also brings us 3 new wide releases, a semi live-action animated flick (like the Chipmunk movies or Yogi Bear more recently) called Hop, Source Code, a very interesting sci-fi thriller and the yet another horror movie dealing with demons and possessed people (this time a kid) in Insidious. All of this and more after the break.

The guys that brought us the hit animation Despicable Me last year, Illumination Entertainment, come back with something very different in Hop, a half animation, half live-action movie about the Easter bunny, or better yet, his son, soon to become the new Easter bunny. Just like last time, Universal Picture is behind this and by looking at the recent track record of similar movies (Alvin and the Chipmunks 1 and 2 and Yogi Bear) Hop is sure to go well with families, so I’m expecting an opening of about $34 million for 1st place.

Source Code looks like a very interesting offering for the adult audience out there, it also sports a rather impressive 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Personally, I’m going to see this as soon as I can because Source Code looks like exactly my cup of tea. Unfortunately quality doesn’t always guarantee good box office so I’m not expecting anything mind blowing from the opening. I’m rooting for $25 million but it might finish a bit lower then that. Hopefully good word of mouth will lead this movie to the numbers it probably deserves.

In 3rd place we should be seeing former champ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, with something like $15 million or so while Limitless might take a bigger hit this weekend (more competition, mostly from Source Code) so $10 million for 4th place.

Finally in 5th place we might have Insidious, yet another creepy kid horror flick in a very long series of creepy kids horror flicks. So what does this have that the others didn’t, well for starters you could watch the trailer here and see for yourself, for me, it looks like something I would rather watch on DVD with a few friends. So I’m guessing $9 million for Insidious.

Next week a new generation gets to meet Arthur in this remake of the original 1981 Dudley Moore classic, this time starring Russell Brand, Saoirse Ronan shows us once again that regardless of age, a well trained girl can kick some major ass in Hanna, AnnaSophia Robb brings to the big screen Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer while Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel take on the fantasy genre in the David Gordon Green spoof Your Highness.