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Box Office Review: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Headed For An Adequate $100 Million Debut


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Despite heavy promotion, The Amazing-Spider Man 2’s box office outlook going into the weekend isn’t too impressive. The film opens in 4000 theaters this weekend, and while the film has a good enough chance of coming on or near the top of the chart, it’s not likely to match the earlier success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - It's not perfect, but it's good enough, say critics.

The 2012 Sony reboot made a respectable $262 million and although it didn’t match the viral success of the Toby McGuire era, it still set up nicely for the new franchise. This time around, Andrew Jackson’s Peter Parker faces a whole merry band of villains, which reviewers say hurts the story somewhat. But despite generally ambivalent reviews, Spider-Man remains a recognizable enough character to draw in the crowds.

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Andrew Jackson - Kristine Nielsen and cast New York City, USA - Closing night of the Broadway musical production of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' at the Bernard B.Jacobs Theatre - Curtain Call. Sunday 2nd January 2011

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Andrew Jackson Saturday 11th December 2010 Greg Hildreth Cast members from the Broadway musical 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' visit the Off-Broadway sensation 'The Gazillion Bubble Show' at New World Stages. New York City, USA

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Benjamin and Andrew Jackson - Benjamin Walker and cast New York City, USA - Opening night of the Broadway musical production of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - Curtain Call. Wednesday 13th October 2010

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Oskar Eustis and Andrew Jackson Wednesday 13th October 2010 Opening night of the Broadway musical production of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - Arrivals. New York City, USA

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Held Up Review


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Stranded at a desert convenience store by his angry girlfriend (Nia Long) who has just discovered he spent their nest egg on a vintage Studebaker, Jamie Foxx is in the wrong place at the wrong time in "Held Up," becoming the most loud-mouthed of a handful of comically diverse hostages when a clumsy virgin hold-up man bungles a robbery at the store.

In its first 10 minutes -- when the movie still looks like it might be about Foxx trying to get his girlfriend back -- the movie shows a pinch of promise. Foxx and Long are both entertaining actors that could carry off a capricious black Bickersons comedy in their sleep.

But any semblance of structure or potential for good laughs exits the movie with Long in the first reel and the balance is spent on shopworn random sketch comedy episodes that the players seem to be making up on the spot while giving each other "just play along!" sideways glances.

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