Just like last weekend, there's really only one big movie release this weekend at the box office. While it's not on par with “The Avengers” nor will it perform as well, Tim Burton's “Dark Shadows” will likely make a dent in the superhero film's box office returns. Starring big names like Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, and Helena Bonham Carter, “Dark Shadows” is Burton's adaptation of a British vampire soap opera.
Depp stars as a man who was turned into a vampire by a witch (Green) and is buried for over 200 years. He is finally unearthed in the 1970s and has to acclimate to his new time period. It seems like a lot of stuff is going on in this one. Take a look at the trailer for a refresher:
While many wonder if moviegoers are Tim Burtoned and Johnny Depped out at this point, I don't think they are. Depp is still a big draw at the box office, especially in roles like this where he lets everything out and gets really wrapped up in a character. Burton knows how to bring a lot of great qualities out of the guy, and that's why people probably keep coming back to this pairing.
I think the film looks funny (at least from the trailers I've seen) but some haven't been as kind with their reviews. Vince Mancini of FilmDrunk called it “a feast of reaction shots” and gave the film a D. The film also received only a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes including little praise from the top critics. My money has it being somewhere in the middle. It's probably not going to blow you away unless you are really far on one side of the fence regarding Depp/Burton.
The other big question is will the film challenge “The Avengers” for box office supremacy? No, probably not. Even if “The Avengers drops by 60% in its gross this weekend, that's still an amazing $80 million for the weekend. I highly expect the film to hold up to that kind of take this weekend, where I don't expect “Dark Shadows” to do nearly as well.