by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
On Stranger Tides
On Stranger Tides

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - Hollywood results have been on the flat side, but the studios are hyped on their summer tentpoles, according to Curtis McCall, chairman/CEO of Marquee Cinemas.

Everyone looks for the unexpected “sleeper,” and McCall indicated that the sequel for “Hangover” has spawned a wealth of summer comedies, including “Bad Teacher,” “Horrible Bosses,” and “Friends with Benefits.”

Although in attendance at a seminar , McCall said that Marquee team attending the CinemaCon in Vegas all had ‘awesome’ words for the made in WV, “Super 8.” In fact, McCall predicted it could be the sleeper hit everyone looks for, predicting an over $200 million take for the Spielberg/Abrams science-fiction creature feature. (Movie trade magazine Boxoffice projects a more conservative $135 million, which is $15 million more that “Green Lantern”. The publication has projected $350 million for Transformers Dark of the Moon; $320 million for Kung Fu Panda 2; $305 million for “Cars 2;” $280 million for Pirates; and $245 million for Hangover’s sequel).

The state’s entry will not be the summer flick that tops the charts. McCall expects , as do most others, that the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 3D” will come in #1.

As in past summer’s studios have their mega-blockbusters spaced about two weeks apart. That may be fine for positioning but the exhibitor agrees that the scheduling prevents films from building an audience beyond their first two weeks. And, where repeat business in the summer had been a trait for the blockbuster, few pictures, including tentpoles, now draw second helpings due to the scheduling.

Still, the marketing arms of Hollywood have strengthened their cross demographic and counter programming skills.  For non-statistic oriented readers, the translation means sending out two superhero or action styled flicks heavily skewed for male demographics the same week will be avoided. Instead, the counter-programming likely pits a comedy or a “chick” flick or adult oriented feature against the special effects frenzy that will leap into #1 with little effort.

MAINSTREAM: Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides;

LIMITED EXCLUSIVE: “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Marquee Southridge (Charleston). West Virginia’s Oscar recipient Morgan (“Super Big”) Spurlock takes on his own industry, as he explores marketing and product placement in flicks. His first goal: To shoot the documentary solely from product placement funds. During his marketing expose, Spurlock must drink POM, eat Amy's, drive a Mini Cooper, fill it up at Sheetz, and try not to lose control of his movie. Is he selling out or buying in? And aren't they the same thing?

SPECIAL EVENT: Glee on the Big theatre screen, every Tuesday in May at the Downtown Discount Cinema, free admission. Doors open 7:15; Show 8 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS: Thursday, May 19, Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides; Wednesday, May 25, Hangover II.

ON DECK: (May 26), The Hangover Part II; Kung Fu Panda II; (June 3) , X Men: First Class


MARQUEE PULLMAN SQUARE:(all stadium seating; sixteen all digital auditoriums, four Real D 3D auditoriums) , Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (*=3D), 11:15-11:45-12:15*-1:30-2:15-3:00-3:30*-4:50-5:20-6:15-6:45*-8:00-8:30-9:20-9:50*; CONTINUING REAL D 3D: Thor, 3D, 11:20-2:00-4:40-7:20-10:00; Priest 3D, 12:00-2:15-4:30-7:10-9:30; Rio 3D, 11:30-2:00-4:30-7:00-9:30; TIME CHANGES: Fast Five (one print) 1:00-4:00-7:00-10:00; African Cats 12:00 noon only; Hoodwinked Too, 12:20-2:30; Insidious, 4:45-7:30-10:00 only; ENDS THURSDAY: Scream IV; Prom; ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE: Midnight Advance Screening, Thursday May 19, Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides in Disney 3D; Wed May 25, Midnight, Hangover II, ; Hangover Part II, Starts May 26, 12:00-2:30-5:00-7:30-10:00; For full schedule and on line sales, click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26187


DISCOUNT CINEMA, ($2.50 before 6 p.m., $3.50 after 6 p.m., $2.50 all day Tuesday), Scream IV, 5:15-7:20-9:25, Sat/Sun/Tues, 1:05-3:10; Lincoln Lawyer, 4:30-7:05-9:30, Sat/Sun/Tues Mat. 1:30; Hop, 5:15-7:15-9:15, Sat/Sun/Tues Mat. 1:15-3:15; GLEE FREE ON BIG SCREEN, Every Tuesday in May, doors open 7:15, Show 8 p.m. CONTINUING: Dairy of Wimpy Kid, 5:20-7:20-9:20, Sat/Sun/Tues 1:20-3:20; Starts May 27, Cinema Exclusive, “Win Win; ENDS THURSDAY: Adjustment Bureau ; For full schedule and on line ticket sales: http://www.ourshowtimes.com/cinema/index.html



MARQUEE SOUTHRIDGE, (all digital, all stadium): Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (*=3D), 11:45-12:15*-1:30-3:00-3:30*-4:45-6:15-6:45*-8:00-9:20-9:50*; CONTINUING 3D: Thor, 12:30-4:15-7:00-9:45; Priest 3D, 11:45-2:30-5:00-7:15-9:30; TIME CHANGES: Tyler Perry’s Big Happy Family, 1:20-7:00; Jumping the Broom, 4:10-9:40; ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE: Midnight Advance Screening, Thursday May 19, Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides in Disney 3D; Wed May 25 Midnight, Hangover II, ; Hangover Part II, Starts May 26, 12:00-2:30-5:00-7:30-10:00; ENDS THURSDAY: Insidious; Prom; Hoodwinked Too; Soul Surfer; For full schedule and online ticket sales, click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26192


PARK PLACE STADIUM (All stadium; select digital DLP; Real D 3D) : Pirates On Stranger Tides (*=3D), 1:00*-2:00-4:00*-5:00-7:00*-8:00-9:50*; CONTINUING 3D: Thor, 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:30; TIME CHANGES: None; ENDS THURSDAY: Priest 3D; Rio; Soul Surfer; STARTS THURSDAY MAY 26: Hangover II, Kung Fu Panda II; For full showtimes check, For full schedule, online ticket sales: https://ghtc.tstickets.com/ghtc.aspx?theatreid=2




MARQUEE GALLERIA 14 (All stadium, all digital, Real D 3D), Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (*=3D), 11:30-11:45-12:15*-1:30-2:30-3:00-3:30*-4:50-5:30-6:15-6:45*-8:00-8:30-9:20-9:50*; CONTINUING 3D: Priest, 12:20-2:35-4:50-7:10-9:25; Thor 3D, 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:45; TIME CHANGES: Jumping the Broom, 1:10-4:10 only; Hoodwinked Too, 11:30-1:45; Insidious, 7:00-9:30; ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE: Midnight Advance Screening, Thursday May 19, Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides in Disney 3D; Wed May 25 Midnight, Hangover II, ; ENDS THURSDAY: Soul Surfer; Prom; For Full times , online and Advance Tickets, Visit,  http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26190



FOUNTAIN PLACE CINEMA 8 : Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides (*=3D), 4:00*-4:15-7:00*-7:15-9:55*-10:05, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:30-1:00*; CONTINUING 3D, Rio, 4:45, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:35-2:40; Thor, 4:40-7:10-9:40, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:00-2:20; Priest 3D, 4:15-7:30-9:45, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:30-2:20; TIME CHANGES: Madea’s Big Happy Family 7:10-9:30 only; ENDS THURSDAY: Jumping the Broom; Starts Thursday May 26, Hangover II; Kung Fu Panda II; For full schedule and on line ticket sales, https://ghtc.tstickets.com/ghtc.aspx?theatreid=3



CINEMARK HUNTINGTON MALL: Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (*=3D), 11:30-12:35*-1:40*-2:45-3:50*-5:00*-6:00-7:05*-8:10*-9:15-10:20*; TIME CHANGES: Priest 2D, 4:45 only; Starts Thurs. May 26, Hangover Part II, 11:40-2:10-4:40-7:10-9:40; Kung Fu Panda II in 3D, 12:15-2:30-4:45-7:00-9:15; For Full Schedule & Online Ticket Sales, visit: http://www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1723



TEAYS VALLEY CINEMAS (All stadium; Sony projection; Real D 3D), Pirates on Stranger Tides (*=3D), 1:00*-1:30-4:00*-4:30-7:00*-7:30-10:00*-10:15; CONTNUING 3D, Thor , 1:15-4:15-7:15-9:45; Priest 3D, 1:20-3:20-5:20-7:20-9:20; TIME CHANGES: Water for Elephants, 7:15-9:45; Rio, 1:00-3:00-5:00; Soul Surfer, 1:30-5:10; Something Borrowed, 7:30-9:40 only; ADVANCE MIDNIGHT SCREENING WED MAY 25, Hangover II; ENDS THURSDAY: Prom; For full schedule and on line ticket sales, visit: https://frank.tstickets.com/%28S%28nqnexb45nubzbirh1zhhpman%29%29/ticketing.aspx?theatreid=6


MARQUEE WYTHEVILLE 8 (all digital; all stadium; Real D 3D): Pirates On Stranger Tides (*=3D), 3:00-3:30*-6:15-6:45*-9:20-9:50*, Sat/Sun Mat. 11:45-12:15*; CONTINUING 3D: Thor , 4:00-7:00-9:45, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:30; TIME CHANGES: Rio 2D, 4:45, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:00-2:25; Jumping the Broom 4:10 only; Something Borrowed, 7:10-9:45, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:05; Tyler Perry Big Happy Family, 7:15-9:50; ADVANCE MIDNIGHT SHOWING WEDNESDAY, Hangover Part II; ENDS THURSDAY: Water for Elephants; For full showtimes and online ticket sales, click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26204


MARQUEE SENECA SHOWPLACE: Pirates On Stranger Tides, 3:15-6:30-9:30*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:00, Mon-Wed. 4:30-7:30; Thor, 4:00-7:00-9:45*, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:00, Mon-Thursday, 4:50-7:30; ENDS THURSDAY: Fast Five; (*No after 9 p.m. Shows on Sundays);  For on line tickets , click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26222


MARQUEE NICHOLAS SHOWPLACE: Pirates On Stranger Tides 3D, 3:30-6:45-9:50*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:15, Mon-Wed. 4:30-7:35; Priest 2D, 4:55-7:10-9:30*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:25-2:40, Mon.-Thursday, 5:05-7:45; Thor 3D, 4:00-7:00-9:45*, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:00, Mon-Thurs. 5:00-7:45; Fast Five, 3:40-6:40-9:40*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:40, Mon-Wed. 4:40-7:40;; ENDS THURSDAY: Madea ; Prom; (* No after 9 p.m. shows on Sunday);  For on line sales click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26220



MARQUEE McDOWELL 3: Pirates On Stranger Tides, 3:40-6:45-9:45*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:30, Mon-Wed. 4:35-7:35; Thor, 4:20-7:10-9:50*, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:40, Monday-Thursday., 4:50-7:30; Fast Five, 1:00-4:00-6:50-9:40*, Mon-Thurs. 4:30-7:25;   ENDS THURSDAY: Madea; (*No after 9 p.m. showings Sunday); http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26221


MARQUEE HIGHLANDS 14 (All stadium, all digital, Real D 3D), Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (*=3D), 11:45-12:15*-1:30-3:00-3:30*-4:50-6:15-6:45*-8:00-9:20-9:50*l CONTINUING 3D: Thor, 12:30-3:30-6:30-9:30; Rio 3D, 12:00-2:25-4:50-7:15-9:40; Priest 3D, 12:20-2:35-5:00-7:15-9:30; TIME CHANGES: Jumping the Broom , 3:30-9:30 only; Prom, 12:50-6:45 only; African Cats, 12:00-2:20-4:40 only; Tyler Perry Big Happy Family, 7:05-9:40; Insidious, 7:25-9:50 only; Fast Five (one print) , 12:50-3:50-6:50-9:50; ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE: Midnight Advance Screening, Thursday May 19, Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides in Disney 3D; Wed May 25 Midnight , Hangover II, ENDS THURSDAY: Hoodwinked Too; For full schedule/on line tickets: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26189


SUMMER/FALL  RELEASE SCHEDULE (dates subject to change)

MAY 13: Bridesmaids; Priest (3D)

MAY 20: Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides (3D); The Beaver

MAY 26: The Hangover Part II; Kung Fu Panda II;

JUNE 3: X Men First Class

JUNE 10: Super 8; Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

JUNE 17: Green Lantern (3D); Mr. Popper’s Penguins;

JUNE 24: Bad Teacher; Cars II;

JULY 1: Larry Crowne; Monte Carlo; Transformers Dark of the Moon

JULY 8: Horrible Bosses; Zookeeper;

JULY 15: Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows (Part 2 in 3D); Winnie the Pooh;

JULY 22: Captain America the First Avenger; Friends with Benefits;

JULY 29: Cowboys & Aliens; Crazy Stupid Love; Smurfs (3D);

AUGUST 5: The Change Up; Rise of the Planet of the Apes;

AUGUST 12: Thirty Minutes or Less; Final Destination V;  Glee Live 3D; The Help;

AUGUST 19: Conan the Barbarian; Fright Night (3D); Due Day; Spy Kids IV: All the Time in the World (3D);

AUGUST 26: Apollo 18; Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark;

SEPTEMBER 2: The Debt (Wed. Aug 31); Colombiana; Shark Night 3D;