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Weekend movie preview: ‘Avengers’ to hit $1 billion worldwide

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(KUTV) There’s not a lot of drama when it comes this weekend’s box office. “Avengers: Infinity War” will easily take the top spot and in the process, pass the $1 billion mark worldwide. Most expect to see “Infinity War” to finish the weekend in the $115 million range domestically, but that could easily go higher considering the general lack of competition that the film is facing this week.

New films hitting the market include the “Overbaord” remake starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, “Bad Samaritan,” a thriller starring David Tennant and “Tully,” the latest film from writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman.

Of the three, I’ve only had the opportunity to see “Tully.” Reitman and Cody previously worked together on “Juno” and “Young Adult.” This time around the story is essentially an examination of the pressures and expectations that are unfairly put on stay-at-home moms. The film stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis and Mark Duplass. The script will surprise you. It’s a little too early to start predicting the Oscars, but Theron, Davis and Cody are all in the conversation for their work here. “Tully” is expected to make the top five with around $4 million.

“Overboard,” a remake of 1987 film that starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, wasn’t shown to local critics and national reviews haven’t been encouraging, but the film is likely to come in second place nonetheless with $15 million.

Likewise, those who have seen “Bad Samaritan” have not been kind to the film. It is expected to make $2 million this weekend.

Locally we are also getting the documentary “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.” I was expecting the film to explore the eccentric performer’s career; instead it offers a somewhat meandering look at her life over the course of the past few years. We’re given some fantastic performances of her classic tracks like “Warm Leatherette,” Slave to the Rhythm,” “Love is the Drug,” and “Pull Up to the Bumper,” but the film is not a retrospective. Seeing Jones navigate a life that is at times as simple as it is avant-garde does provide some very interesting moments. A run in with a French TV producer is particularly revealing.

If you’re looking for a new film to see this weekend, “Tully” is your best option.