'Frankenweenie' vs. 'The Paperboy': Box Office Battle (POLL)

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Martin Landau on Burton
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Prepare for thrills, spills and chills as this weekend brings new contenders to the box office.

Filmmaker Tim Burton unearths material from his past and resurrects it for an all-new full feature film in Frankenweenie, while Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman strip down and sizzle on the silver screen in The Paperboy.

What are these movies about? Celebuzz is breaking down this week’s newest theaterical releases.

In Burton's latest film, the famous director draws from his 1984 short film -- also titled Frankenweenie -- and combines it with his love for stop motion animation.

Starring Winona Ryder and Martin Short, the flick is an homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein and revolves around a boy named Victor who uses the power of science to bring his dead dog back to life. For Ryder, the film marks a reunion with the director who helped make her a teen star more than two decades ago in Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands.

“With Tim, it’s just a complete trust, and to be asked to do something that is so personal to him is incredibly humbling,” Ryder told Celebuzz, smiling. “It’s such a special movie for me and for, I think, everyone involved. I feel like it’s beaming off of my face!”

Another famed filmmaker is hoping, however, to knock out Burton at the box office this weekend.

Lee Daniels, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2009 for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, is making his  way back to the silver screen with his newest drama, The Paperboy.

Based on a novel of the same name by Pete Dexter, the movie centers around two journalists (Efron and Matthew McConaughey) who are tasked with researching the events surrounding a man on death row. During the investigation, one falls in love with the criminal's sex-crazed girlfriend (played by Kidman), while the other starts questioning his own journalistic integrity.

“I would be more outlandish if I could,” Kidman has said of her nymphomaniac character. “A lot of times you just don’t get the chance.”

Which movie are you planning to see in theaters? Vote in the poll at the top of this article, then sound off below.

 

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  • Jake
    Jake

    Not much of a battle since "The Paperboy" is only playing in select theaters in a handful of states and Frankenweenie opens NATIONWIDE.