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Knocked Up
June 1
Knocked Up
Universal Studios (GE)
When is a sleeper not a sleeper? When everyone is picking it to be a sleeper.

Romantic comedy "Knocked Up" is expected to be a pretty big hit this summer. For one, the movie was written and directed by Judd Apatow, who was the man behind the 2005 surprise summer hit "The 40-Year Old Virgin."

And the movie stars Katherine Heigl, who, while not a big movie star yet, just so happens to be in a little TV show called "Grey's Anatomy."

Based on this pedigree and the movie's premise - Heigl's character gets pregnant after a one-night stand and decides to forge a relationship with her baby's daddy - several analysts think "Knocked Up" could be a welcome antidote to the bigger budget action flicks that will dominate theaters this summer. It could well be like last year's "The Break-Up," which grossed $118.7 million at the box office.

But for this reason, Box Office Mojo's Gray said nobody should call this movie a sleeper.

"At this point, people should not be surprised when romantic comedies that appeal to a date crowd do well in the summer. It's counter programming," Gray said.


Spider-Man 3

Shrek the Third

Pirates of the Caribbean

Knocked Up

Ocean's 13

Fantastic Four

Evan Almighty

Live Free or Die Hard

Ratatouille

Transformers

Harry Potter

Chuck and Larry

The Simpsons

The Bourne Ultimatum

Rush Hour 3
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