Movies In Theaters on November 17th, 2010
You can tell that the studios are giving this weekend to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Only one other new film is being released to compete with it at the box office. Lionsgate is releasing the Paul Haggis directed, Russell Crowe - Liam Neeson starring prison escape thriller The Next Three Days as an adult alternative for those on grown up date nights, or those that still believe the Potter-verse to be a tool of the devil. The early reviews coming in seem to be kinder for Harry Potter, but with so many hours invested into the mythology at this point the filmmakers would have to royally screw up for anyone to really call them out on it.
"Studios are giving this weekend to Harry Potter"
With The Next Three Days, however, Haggis still has to deal with the backlash of directing one of the worst films to ever win Best Picture at the Academy Awards (Crash), which some critics will never cut him slack for. Early reviews are decidedly mixed, split almost evenly 50/50 in fact. All I know is the trailer for it looks great so it might be worth a shot.
Also, don't forget that Skyline is still in theaters. I know I was one of the few people to actually champion it, but I don't care. I have noticed more and more while I watch a film in a theater I take the total package into consideration to decide whether I will recommend to friends if the movie is worth paying admission, renting on DVD, or just catching on TV. I can't imagine watching Skyline on anything other than the big screen. If Potter is sold out, you might want to consider it.