After Sony scored big with its Marvel superhero film “Spider-Man 3” last month, Fox flies this weekend with its own Marvel sequel, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” in 3,957 theaters. Film looks sure to muscle away the box office crown from Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s Thirteen.” But tracking suggests that it will bow below the $56 million its “Fantastic” predecessor hit in its July opening two years ago.
Counterprogramming against “Fantastic” — in 2,612 — is Warner Bros.’ PG-rated “Nancy Drew,” the revival of the kid-lit mystery series. Add to the mix Disney’s sneaks for its Pixar film “Ratatouille” on Saturday. Holdovers include Universal comedy “Knocked Up,” which has been hanging tough. Among more limited releases, Miramax sends out its quirky Kiwi indie film “Eagle vs. Shark,” while Roadside Attractions unleashes “Fido” and ThinkFilm goes with two movies, “The Trials of Darryl Hunt” and “Blood and Tears.” Weinstein Co. kicks off a regional release of its “D.O.A.”