Movie theaters celebrate ‘New Year’s Eve’ this weekend

December 10, 2011

It’s still early December, but an ensemble of A-list stars will ring in the new year at movie theaters this weekend.

New romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve,” distributed by Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros. studio, tells a series of intertwining stories centered around the ball drop in New York’s Times Square. The film’s all-star cast includes Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katherine Heigl and Sarah Jessica Parker. Warner Bros. is forecasting a $17-million to $20-million domestic opening weekend, which should earn first-place honors at a box office ruled the past three weekends by the vampires in Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1.”

Meanwhile, Jonah Hill stars in new adult comedy “The Sitter” as a college student convinced to babysit his next-door neighbors. Studio 20th Century Fox, owned by News Corp, projects $11 million to $12 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales from Friday through Sunday. Both movies will try to grab audiences before big holiday releases cram theaters in the coming weeks.

Photo credit: Warner Bros./Andrew Schwartz

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