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Two Global Smash Movies Come to Your Local Theater Friday

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The Avengers is becoming one of the first blockbuster films of 2012 most everyone is waiting to see when it opens Friday at your favorite local theater, and if the global box office is any indication this movie will be huge, but it’s not the only global smash that is coming out tomorrow.

Everything is in place for The Avengers:

First there is a star studded cast with Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Samuel l. Jackson.  Just having one of these talented actors would be enough to create buzz on a movie – this is massive!

Second is the rabid following of these classic super heroes through their comic books.  This has created massive bank at the box office for the individual films.  Iron Man alone has made over $1.2 Billion worldwide in its 2 films with Downey starring, the two Hulk films has eclipsed $500 Million worldwide, the first Thor movie broke $450 Million worldwide (sequel coming in 2013), and Captain America is the weak link in The Avengers alliance by only making $368 Million worldwide last year.

This brings us to the 3rd factor – the math you just saw plus the recent take oversees.  The Avengers came out around the world before America gets to see it, and in the first 10 days the movie has eclipsed $281 Million. All this equals a big time hit of Billion Dollar proportions with many going back to see this film more than once.

Expect all local South Jersey theaters to be having The Avengers playing – more than likely in multiple theaters in their house.  Regal Cinemas, for example, is planning on running the movie in at least 2 theaters of their multiplexes in Mays Landing, Washington Township, Vineland and Turnersville.  You can still win tickets from Regal through SoJO tomorrow afternoon.

If the comic book super hero genre is not your bag, here comes the “Chick Flick” from England that has managed to make a major profit without any viewing here in the U.S. yet.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has managed to make over $70 Million – quite a feat for an independent film, which is why Fox Searchlight picked up the film for American release.  The film features 2 former Oscar winners (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith), and a versatile actor with 2 Oscar nominations on his resume (Tom Wilkinson).

Distinctively English, but wonderfully warm and funny as the story of British retirees go to India and take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel.  Turns out the Marigold is less luxurious than its advertisements, but nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

This one may be more difficult to find in South Jersey, but should be worth the effort and the money spent (cannot say that about many films).

 

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