Four new wide releases are joining a crowd of films competing at the box office over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. They include the Paramount family film Hotel for Dogs , the Lionsgate horror film My Bloody Valentine 3-D (which was not screened for critics), the Sony comedy Paul Blart Mall Cop, and Fox Searchlight's musical biopic Notorious. In addition, two high-profile films that had been playing in limited release -- Paramount Vantage's holocaust movie Defiance and Overture's Dustin-Hoffman starrer Last Chance Harvey -- are being moved into wide release, following their limited releases to qualify for Oscar consideration last month. Nevertheless, most box-office analysts are predicting that the film to beat this weekend will be the same film that emerged at the top of the heap last weekend, Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino.
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.