Three new movies are opening nationwide and this weekend:

The comic book adaptation Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Stellan Skarsgaard is expected to top the weekend box office. Patrick Doyle has composed the score for the film and a soundtrack has been released on Buena Vista Records. Check out our announcement for details on the album and audio clips. Also visit Film Music Magazine for a short interview with Doyle on his first comic book/superhero score.

Also opening wide is the comedy Jumping the Broom directed by Salim Akil and starring Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps and Julie Bowen. Edward Shearmur composed the film’s score and a soundtrack with both score and songs from the film has been released earlier this week by Madison Gate Records. For more information on the album and the film, visit our soundtrack announcement.

The final wide release of this week is the romantic comedy Something Borrowed directed by Luke Greenfield and starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield. The film’s score is by composer Alex Wurman (visit our article on the scoring assignment). UPDATE (May 9, 2011): A soundtrack album with songs from the movie has been released by WaterTower Music. None of Alex Wurman’s score is included on the album. For more information on the project, visit the official movie webpage.

Opening in limited release is Jodie Foster’s drama The Beaver starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence. Marcelo Zarvos has composed the score for the film. (UPDATE May 9, 2011: A score album has been released for the film) Keep checking this page for updates and visit the official movie webpage to see where the movie is playing.

Also opening in limited release is Roland Joffe’s There Be Dragons starring Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley and Olga Kurylenko. The film’s music is written by Stephen Warbeck. A lengthy suite from the score can be found here. No official soundtrack announcement has been made yet, but given the quality of the suite and the interest in the music from the film’s previous international openings, a release might be forthcoming. Also visit our previous article to find out more about the film.

Massy Tadjedin’s drama Last Night starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes is also opening in select cities. The film features a score by Clint Mansell. The composer has announced on Twitter that there are plans to release the score. Check out a track from the soundtrack by Mansell and Peter Broderick on YouTube. For more information on the film, check out the official movie webpage.

Receiving a limited theatrical release before being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 31 is the thriller Passion Play directed by Mitch Glazer and starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray. The film’s score is composed by Dickon Hinchliffe (Winter’s Bone, Last Chance Harvey). No soundtrack is available for the movie. Visit Image Entertainment’s film website to watch the trailer.

Opening in New York is the drama An Invisible Sign directed by Marilyn Agrelo and starring Jessica Alba, Chris Messina, John Shea and J.K. Simmons. The movie’s score is written by Andrew Hollander (Waitress). There’s no official soundtrack release, but a track from the score can be listened to on the composer’s website. To find out more about the film, which is also available on VOD, visit IFC’s movie webpage.

Finally, also opening in limited release is the drama Daydream Romance directed by Michael Goldbach and starring Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell and Josh Lucas. The film’s score is by Ohad Benchetrit. A soundtrack with both songs and score from the film is reportedly coming, but isn’t available anywhere yet. To watch the trailer and learn more about the project, visit the official movie webpage.