Wild Things Adaptation Pounces At Last

The long-awaited movie adaptation of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are roars into theaters as the weekend’s widest opener.

The long-awaited movie ‘ based on the book by Maurice Sendak, directed by Spike Jonze and released by Warner Bros. ‘ opens at more than 3,700 cinemas. It features visual effects from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Rising Sun Pictures, Animal Logic, Digital Pictures Iloura, Framestore, Quantum Creation FX and Eyetronics.

Also new in theaters is the thriller Law Abiding Citizen, starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Released by Overture Films, it’s opening in more than 2,800 cinemas. Also new is the horror film The Stepfather from Sony/Screen Gems, opening at more than 2,700 theaters.

Among holdovers, Couples Retreat, Zombieland and the surging Paranormal Activity are expected to do well. Disney-Pixar’s double feature release of the 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 also is hanging around, as is Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.