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Weekend Box Office Report July 23-25

The weekend has come and gone and little surprise on what happened.  Sorry the report is late going up, got caught up in other things.   This week was the release of two movies, a family movie: Romona and Beezus along with the action film Salt starring Angelina Jolie, neither of them managed to put a dent in the Christopher Nolan movie Inception.   This week was all Inception along with a little bit of news about what the next Batman movie could be about.   Inception is a monster film of the summer, already it has dominated the box office two weekends in a row and has proven that Nolan is a really good director and at the fore-front of directors right now.  After he’s done with the next batman movie I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of Hollywood studios don’t start knocking down his door wanting to produce his films.

Inception came in at number one with another 43.5 million for the weekend dropping only 30%  from the weekend before, proving that people are hungry for original good properties over remakes or movies based on other properties.  Inception has made a 143 million and will make over 200 million by the time that it runs out of the box office.   The movie is a strong film as my review shows and it will continue to do well at the theater through the rest of the summer season.   In second place with 36.5 million was the Angelina Jolie movie Salt which is an action film about an agent for the United States government who is accused of being a spy and has to go on the run.  The movie cost about a 110 million to make and it will make it back during its run but it won’t be quick.   For me Salt is one of those films that you see on DVD not in the theaters.

In at third retaining a strong presence is Despicable Me.   Steve Carell knows how to pick movies and this one proves it as well as the other movies that he has done.  Look at his last film: Date Night with Tina Fey, that one did far better than anyone thought it would do at the theaters.   Despicable Me is a really good family comedy along the lines of Toy Story 3.  It managed to pull in 24.1 million over the weekend bringing its three weekend total to 161 million almost making a 100 million more than its budget.   Coming in at number four is the Disney movie: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage.    This is the third movie from Bruckheiemer for Disney that has shown his magic has worn off and no one is really going to see his Disney produced big action films that appear to be nothing but knock offs of other movies.  The movie has little hope of making back its budget while in the theater.

IN at number five retaining its top five status is the Pixar movie: Toy Story 3 which has now pulled in 380 million and will probably pull in over 400 million or close to it.  Toy Story 3 is the biggest success in Pixar’s history and they will not be repeating it next year with the second Cars movie which I am still not sure about a sequel at all.  In at number six the new release Ramona and Beezus starring Selma Gomez and the new comer Joey King.   The film looks light-hearted and funny for families and is on my list to see once it comes out on DVD.  It managed to pull in 8 million and only cost 15 million to make so it’s not like Fox is loosing money on this one.

Rounding out the top ten was Grown Ups in at number seven with another 7.6 million bringing its five weekend total up to 142 million proving that Adam Sandler and his group of friends can still make comedies that people want to go and see and will go and see.   AT number eight Twilight Saga: Eclipse made 7 million and has quickly fallen off of the top five list and has not retained anywhere near the audience that other movies that have been out longer than it have managed.  Then again the movie has made nearly 300 million, but I can be hopeful that the whole series is waining on people can’t I?

In at number nine The Last Airbender has faded faster than even Twilight only pulling in 4.1 million and still has not managed to make back its budget at the domestic box office.   The movie is a flop but the studio and the director won’t admit it. In fact M. Night still claims that he is going to make two more movies in the series even though this one was not received well by fans or critics.   IN at number ten Predators came in with another 2.8 million and has pulled in over 45 million at the box office.  Predators is an action horror film and thus no one not even the studio expected it to be a 100 million dollar box office opening film.   It is hard to say if it will get a second film or not though judging by how quickly the film has faded at the box office compared to other releases that came out in the same month.

Next Week we will see the release of three movies and just by judging from their trailers and how little one of them has been promoted at the theaters and on the television I can tell you how I think the weekend will go.   Up first coming out is Cats and Dogs: The Revenged of Kitty Galore which is the sequel to a mildly medium first film and is also in 3-D. There are a lot of other family films in the theater this week and they will be making the money more than this one will in my opinion.   Also coming out is the movie Charlie St. Cloud which is a romantic drama film that has been promoted zero times on television (unless they are promoting it on Lifetime or a network that I don’t watch).   The movie will make even less money than Cats and Dogs I do believe.   Lastly coming out: Dinner for Schumucks the movie stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell and looks very funny to the point that I think it will bring in the audience.   Here is how I think the weekend will stack up:

  1. Dinner for Schmucks- 30 to 40 million
  2. Inception- 25 to 30 million  (these two could flip around it is possible)
  3. Despicable Me– 15 to 20 million
  4. Toy Story 3– 9 to 15 million
  5. Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore– 5 to 8 million

Its going to be a slow weekend at the theaters and I do believe that two movies from Steve Carell will manage to be in the top five.  It is also possible that Inception retains its first place spot for a third week in a row.    Let me know what you think:

Box Office Report for 7/9-7/11

What a weekend with a surprise on top of that.  I usually like being right but this week I will be happy to be wrong because I was also right.  Although I wasn’t fully wrong I came close to what I thought Despicable Me would make, the movie ended up pulling in just a little more than the 60 million that it managed to pull in.   But that’s not what I’m talking what I am talking about is Predators.   The movie pulled in less than I thought it would, but it still managed to finish in the top three even though I thought it would come in fourth.   Now onto the report:

In first place this week was Despicable Me the movie managed to bring in 60.1 million dollars over the weekend which is great news for an animated feature with a small budget.  The movie managed to show that people were ready for another family comedy that the kids could enjoy after having Toy Story 3 out for three weeks.   Despicable Me stars Steve Carell who has yet to not be box office gold in the movies he does.   Recently he was in Date Night which also managed to pull in a lot of money over its run at the theaters.   So Despicable Me will continue that trend.    In second place was Twilight: Eclipse not a real surprise at all considering that this is the big teen movie of the summer, it did drop a huge 48 percent from the week before, but this is understandable when the week before was a four day weekend and it was also released on a Wednesday as well.   The movie is well on its way to a 300 million plus release at the box office and will definitely put the saga in a good place for the last part which is being filmed as two movies.

In at third this week was newcomer Predators with Adrian Brody among others.  The movie has gotten really good word of mouth as being the best movie in the series since the first one with Arnold.   Predators was made relatively cheap as well with a budget of 40 million and I really think it would have made all of that back if it had been released somewhere other than the middle of July.   It managed to pull in 25 million for a third place berth and looks to perhaps retain some of that next weekend though there is tough competition for people’s money then.   In forth came Toy Story 3 which was only down by 27 percent from the week before which means it maintained its audience even though Despicable Me came out.   That brought its weekend total up to 22 million and its box office run is now up to 340 million making it Pixar’s biggest movie released yet.

In fifth falling a full 57 percent from last weekend is the movie with the biggest fall in audience The Last Airbender managed only another 17 million over the three day weekend.  It will make back its entire budget of 150 but that budget probably doesn’t count other costs for the film either, its had to say sometimes with hollywood.   Airbender should have made more money over the weekend but it probably didn’t due to word of mouth from fans of the cartoon series.  Most people who went to see Airbender in the first place were probably fans of the series on Nickelodeon and were disappointed to such a point that they didn’t recommend it and thus it has no one really going to see it.   I doubt a sequel will be greenlit by Paramount and who can really blame them.

Rounding out the top ten we come up with at number six Grown Ups which has pulled in an impressive 111 million over its three weekend run so far, another Adam Sandler movie with a low budget that managed to pull far up beyond that because people like his brand of humor.  In at seven Knight and Day the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz movie has done okay at the box office considering it came out during a tough time of the summer.  If I was a Fox executive I would have put Knight and Day out sometime in March or April the returns probably would have been better.  As it stands it has barely managed to pull in 60 million.   In at eight was The Karate Kid which has an astounding total of a 165 million now proving that most everyone was wrong about this one, as it turned out to be a really decent re-imagining of the classic.   Ninth place was The A-Team which has managed to pull in 73 million but has no hope of making back its budget by now.   The thing about A-Team wasn’t that it was a bad movie, it was that it wasn’t good enough to draw people into the theater to see it during the same weekend that The Karate Kid came out.   Rounding out the top ten once again was Cyrus a low budget movie that has made most of its budget back.

It was all in all another impressive week at the box office.  All we needed was something to kick start the box office going and we got that with The Karate Kid since then the box office has not been quiet but loud and thunderous with movie after movie making people go into the theaters.

Next Week looks to continue this trend, two movies coming out look to put people in the theaters, one with magic and the other dealing with dreams and the human mind.   Inception the latter not the former, deals with a man who can enter into people’s minds and alter things and stars Leonardo DiCaprio which usually helps put people in the seats.   Inception is also from Christopher Nolan the man behind The Dark Knight and The Prestige both incredible films that did really well at the box office (Dark Knight especially).  Inception might continue this trend, right now its hard to say for sure.   Also coming out is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice with Nicholas Cage, this one is harder to judge really, the movie looks fantastical and has a lot of really cool special effects in it.  The first early reviews for it have been favorable although not all of them have been great, the movie though could track good just because of who stars in it and who is releasing it.   This is how I think the weekend is going to stack up:

  1. Inception With 60 million (I hope I am right about this but I still get teh feeling i could be wrong.
  2. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice- with 50 million
  3. Despicable Me- with 30 to 40 million
  4. Twilight: Eclipse- with 20 to 30 million
  5. Predators – with 15 to 20 million.

Let me know who you think will finish at number 1 in this handy pole!

Coming later this week: The August Movie Previews!

Box Office Report for 7/2-7/5

First off this is so late because I am on vacation and forgot that I needed to write this up as I haven’t had any time that I could use to write this up in….so I apologize.

The past weekend has come and gone, and its clear that the winner was the one movie that we all knew it would be coming into this thing, Twilight: Eclipse pulled in nearly 84 million for its opening weekend, which included of course the fifth which added an extra day to the weekend, this doesn’t also include the money that the movie managed to pull in on Wed. or Thurs. either.   All together the movie had by monday pulled in nearly a 180 million which shows that a longer stretch of days did not hurt the movie instead it helped.   In fact having Monday counted in with the total from Friday-Sunday helped as well since many people were off on monday and went to see the movie then.

In second place not faring quite as well but still managing to bring in a lot of money over the four-day weekend was The Last Airbender despite the horrible reviews the movie has actually managed to pull in semi-decent numbers and over the four-day weekend it managed nearly 52 million, though it is quickly slipping now as in the past few days it has only managed to pull in another 5 million per day even falling behind Toy Story 3 for the week so far.   Perhaps a lot of bad word of mouth is getting around, my guess is that Airbender does not finish in the top three this coming up weekend.

Meanwhile Toy Story 3 having stiffer competition this week managed to still pull in nearly 45 million at the box office bringing its total close to the 300 million mark, when its all said and done this movie will be one of the highest grossing animated films ever released in theaters.   I am thinking that this weekend will be a retaining of form for Toy Story 3 as well.    Slipping in at fourth place Grown Ups managed to bring in another 26 million making it the most successful family comedy (that is not animated) of the summer so far.   People still like going to see Adam Sandler and his friends do their things which is always a good thing for them, as long as Sandler stays popular his comedies will continue to make money.  Personally I like most of his movies and do eventually plan on seeing this one…just not in theaters.

In at Fifth, Knight and Day managed to keep up bringing in another 14 million over the weekend.  The Tom Cruise starring movie has not performed anywhere near what Fox thought it would and rumors are circulating that this movie’s performance could spell the end of the days for the Mission Impossible series.   Tom Cruise is a really funny guy and he has been really successful all of his career, the problem is well he went a little crazy a few years ago after marrying Katie Holmes and he just hasn’t ever recovered from the crazy persona.  Perhaps a Les Grossman film would do it?   In at sixth place was The Karate Kid with another 11 million this movie is getting a sequel, which is not really surprising considering how well it did at the theater, the question is will all of the original cast return or not.

Rounding out the top ten was The A-Team in seventh, and while it didn’t perform as well as the studio had hopped it has still managed to get in some good laughs and pulled in 70 million in total gross so far.    At number eight was Get him to the Greek another low brow comedy from the guy that brought us Forgetting Sarah Marshall but it has proven that this kind of comedy is always welcome, the movie has managed  a total run of nearly 58 million for its run.   At number nine Shrek pulled in slipping quickly now out of the top ten but the movie has managed 230 million for its run so far.   Ten was taken by a movie I have never heard of called Cyrus, if you want to tell me about it go for it!

Next Weekend is going to be fun to watch, another kids animated movie Despicable Me comes out starring Steve Carrell as a super villain who ends up raising a group of orphaned girls.   THe movie looks like a lot of fun and I think it has a good shot at making some decent money.   Also coming out is Predators which I really really want to see but I don’t think is going to make a whole lot of money, I could be wrong but I am tracking it for less than 40 million.    This is how I think the weekend will shape up:

  1. Despicable Me with around 70 million (it is coming out in 3-d)
  2. Twilight: Eclipse with around 60  million (perhaps more if some that already saw it want to see it again)
  3. Toy Story 3 with around 40 million
  4. Predators with around 40 million (these two slots are interchangeable really.)
  5. The Last Airbender with around 30 million.

I could be way off here, for all I know there might be an 80 million dollar movie in there somewhere, but I don’t see it really.  Movies like Predators don’t usually pull in big numbers over a weekend, and 3-d animated films seem to be all the rage this summer.   We shall just have to wait and see if Predators can pull it out and call me out for being wrong!

What do you think:

Holiday Box Office Early Report

The numbers are in for Twilight: Eclipse‘s first day of release, Wednesday , and also for its second day at the box office Thursday along with the official release numbers for The Last Airbender as well.  Since I last posted about this weekend it was looking like Last Airbender had a real shot at being a real contender for first place, now I am pretty sure that my original judgments on the movie might end up coming true instead.    My predictions from my Box Office preview had Last Airbender coming in at around 40-50 million for its opening weekend, while I put Eclipse in at more than 100 million but then again Eclipse gets an extra day this holiday weekend over Airbender not that it really matters when it comes down to what the final totals will be.

M. Night’s first movie in the Airbender trilogy (planned probably will not get made) is tracking over at Rotten Tomatoes with an 8% from reviewers, that means that the movie has been critically slammed by most everyone and M. Night needed a good movie this time around.  Most of the reviewers all agree that the movie is stylistically beautiful, but in the end horrible acting and scripting ruin what could have been a really epic first opening.   This doesn’t mean that the movie wouldn’t make money, but there are people leaving theaters posting on their twitter and Facebook pages about how laughable the movie is and how horrible it is as well.   I have read a few reviews but this one from /film struck with me more than the others.  Though some do like it don’t get me wrong and I still intend on seeing it after my vacation or on it perhaps who knows.   The point is Last Airbender will probably not pull in over 60 million over the weekend even with it being a long one.   While Eclipse will pull in at least a 100 million if not more during its first weekend run.

Airbender did manage to pull in 16 million in its opening day including midnight showings but that’s not really a very encouraging number when you consider that Twilight did 68 million on its opening day including midnight showings.  This is not a good sign of the staying power of a movie that has a rumored budget of over 200 million (we will know for sure later this week).   The studio execs are no doubt shaking their heads now wondering what they did wrong (beside putting it out at the same time as Twilight).   Personally I don’t think the movie is going to be as horrible as some of the reviewers say that it is, but being a fan of the cartoon that it was based after I have a feeling that I will feel cheated like so many others did after seeing it.

If the trends continue Airbender will finish the week in second place with 50 to 60 million, but if word of mouth is really as bad as it seems to be so far then it will dip below 50 million and fall behind Toy Story 3 to finish in third place instead of in second.   Either way its going to be difficult for anyone to say that this movie is a successful undertaking for Paramount and it’s just another misstep this summer season like so many others before it, Robin Hood and Prince of Persia which were both movies considered to be big news that would bring in big money for the studios and did nothing near what was predicted.   Its been a bad summer for movies except for a few tent pole sequels which were guaranteed to make money already anyway.  Nothing really original has been successful this summer, its been the summer of sequels so far and that’s a shame, but when studios put out only mediocre products it’s not surprising.

I will be back on Monday with the final results when we know how this all plays out.

Weekend Box Office Report for 6/25-6/28

The weekend is once again dominated by the animated feature Toy Story 3 just as we all knew that it would be.    Toy Story 3 was the second fastest to a 100 million for its opening weekend this summer season right behind Iron Man 2 and it looks to stay strong at the top this weekend as well pulling in another estimated 59 million for the weekend which I believe will end up being closer to 60 million once the final reports come out tomorrow.   While Toy Story 3 retained the top spot for another weekend the new release for the weekend Grown Ups also proved that Adam Sandler comedies are still big deals when they are released at the right times of the years even if they aren’t all that great.

It’s not too surprising really that Toy Story 3 and Grown Ups did really well and I was pleasantly surprised that Knight and Day managed to pull in 20 million for the weekend in estimated totals.  The movie surprised me because I really didn’t expect it to crack the top five, the main reason why is that Tom Cruise while a funny guy just doesn’t bring in the box office any longer. There is nothing in this movie that makes people go: I have to see it.   So most people are probably waiting till the reviews are out or till it comes out on DVD like I am.  The top three movies in the box office all managed together to bring the box office up to a good total and best of all two of the three were new releases so people are finally going out to the theaters to see movies, all we needed were some good releases.   Now I’m not saying Grown Ups is a great movie but it is a fun film that people enjoy which is what Adam Sandler does the best.  Toy Story 3 which finished in first meanwhile has pulled in over 200 million for its first full week in theaters.

Coming in at fourth place was The Karate Kid it continues to show strong legs at the box office now coming in with another 15.4 million (estimated) to bring its box office total up to 135 million, its fading now though and will probably start having less and less returns each week until the end of its run at the end of summer.   In fifth another movie with surprisingly long legs despite not making much money The A-Team pulled in another 6 million and has pulled in 62 million total.   The movie is a fun little ride but in the end it wasn’t what people were looking for this summer and it shows in the fact that the movie hasn’t pulled back in the money it cost to make it.

In sixth Get him to the Greek came in with another 3 million bringing its four-week total up to 54.4 million which has proven that comedy of this sort is not dead at the box office even if it didn’t have a super strong showing its first week at the box office.    Greek is perhaps going to be the most popular non-family comedy of the summer if this keeps up.   Shrek Forever After has faded at the box office this week significantly (probably because of all of the loss of 3-D screens) and only managed 2.8 million (again estimated) and its total for the entire 6 weeks out at the box office was reached by the better done and deeper story of Toy Story 3 proving again that 3D by itself is not enough you must have a good movie behind it as well to sell tickets.

Rounding out the top ten at number eight was Prince of Persia which has managed 82 million during its run at the box office and has done much better overseas.   It also has the distinction of being the highest grossing video game movie ever made perhaps proving to everyone that movies based after video games can perhaps be box office gold eventually if they are marketed and made correctly.   At number nine this week Killers with another 2 million, this one just will not fade away, though this is the last week it will be in the top ten.   Lastly coming in at ten just barely Jonah Hex managed another 1.6 million which was almost as much as Iron Man 2 made for the same week and has been out four 8 weekends!  Jonah Hex is a box office bust and has no hope of making back its 47 million budget at least domestically.  Proof that once again just because you have  a hot girl and a hot property doesn’t mean that you’ll have a good movie.

Next Week is a big week for releases, two big budget blockbuster potential films come out both of them based on properties that are not comic books.   The first is the biggest of the two: Twilight Saga: Eclipse which is the third movie based on the third book in the Twilight Saga.   If the first two movies are any indication we can look at Eclipse pulling in somewhere between 100 and a 140 million for its opening weekend which is actually a long weekend because Eclipse opens up on Wednesday.   This is what New Moon did as well a year ago during the fall.   Although the numbers this summer could be a little skewed because this weekend is also the launch of the new M. Night Shyamalan movie The Last Airbender which is based upon the cartoon property from Nickelodeon.

It’s hard to say what The Last Airbender will do, movies similar to it have not pulled in much money in their opening weekend but there is hope that it might pull in over 40 million.   I do know that this weekend is going to be tough and there is no hope really that Last Airbender pulls in over 80 million this opening weekend and the movie cost an estimated 150 million to make and it is doubtful that it will pull all of that back in within its first two weekends of the box office.   The thing here is it’s a hard sell, a fantasy movie, at this time of the year with all of this other stuff crowding in around it.   It will all depend on how people feel about the movie and rather or not they want to go out and see it.  Only time will tell but here is my break down.   If you want to see my comprehensive preview of this month’s movies just click here.

The top five this week:

  1. Twilight Saga: Eclipse– This one will come in top place with 100 million at least.
  2. The Last Airbender– Will perhaps pull in 60 to 70 million if we are lucky they will get 80 million.
  3. Toy Story 3– part of the fall will be because of the loss of 3-D screens, another 40 to 60 million for the weekend.
  4. Grown Ups- Family comedies will be put to the wayside this weekend with two big releases for other crowds. Will make about 20 million.
  5. The Karate Kid– another family film and another week in the top five pulling in perhaps 15 million to close out the top five.

That’s how I feel the box office will round out this week, what do you think here’s your poll:

Weekend Box Office for 6/18-6/20

Well this weekend was so easy that nearly anyone could have predicted how it would have gone.   WHen the reports came in on Friday that Toy Story 3 had managed to pull in 41 million we all knew where the weekend was going, the movie did slow down a little on Saturday and Sunday but not significantly and we also have to take into account a couple of things: there was a midnight premiere for the movie, and it was also father’s day weekend.   The movie still did a staggering 109 million (estimated so far) for its three-day weekend and this is a Pixar movie so it has long legs to the point that it will probably be in theaters throughout the summer and pull in over 300 million as well.    Toy Story 3 may have been easy to guess but the other wide release this week was a hit or miss and I missed.   I should have stuck by my gut and put the movie down below the top five but I figured that there would be enough people who wanted to see it that it might make 20 million.

I was wrong and I admit it.    In second place for its second week of release was The Karate Kid yes two family movies pulled into the top two spots.  Karate Kid pulled in another 29 million, nearly 30 again this weekend to bring its two-week total already up over 100 million.  Even with a huge release like Toy Story 3 it only fell by 47 percent over the week before.   In third place was The A-Team which I am hearing from friends is not as bad as it looks, it has some good laughs and some action.   The A-Team managed to pull in another 13.7 million for the weekend while not great it still shows that the movie is getting some interest from people who want to see a funny action film.

In fourth Get Him to the Greek came in with another 6 million roughly and is showing that a simple comedy can still make some money, it has earned back all of its budget now and I think this one will perform well on DVD when it comes out.   It’s a funny movie with a simple premise about one man getting a crazy rock star to a show that he needs to perform and all of the antics that happen on the way.   The film has done decent in its three weeks of release.   Falling to fifth was Shrek Forever After with another 5.5 million for the weekend, Shrek like Iron Man 2 before it has had some long legs, staying in the top five for the past 5 weeks and now is finally slowing down, perhaps because a lot of its 3-D screens were taken away for Toy Story 3 this weekend.    Shrek will probably not cross the 300 million mark in the domestic market at this rate, unless it stays in theaters all summer.

In sixth despite its slow release and so far only decent amounts of money Prince of Persia came in with another 5. 2 million, over the weekend Prince which has been out for 4  weekends had a stronger showing than the new release Jonah Hex which is in the similar vein of movies.  People would rather go see a movie based upon a video game with semi-decent acting and plotting over a movie based on a semi-popular comic book franchise with questionable acting and plotting any day of the week I suppose.    Prince will not make back its budget but it is showing that people are liking the film to an extent.   In seventh was Killers which managed another 5.1 million I have heard that the movie is horrible from more than a few people.

Jonah Hex came in at 8th place with an estimated 5 million, call me a little surprised.   Initially when I wrote my predictions last week I thought that the movie would pull in around 5 to 8 million, but then I went back and looked at it again seeing what people were saying about it and I bumped it up to pull in the amount that the Karate Kid did.  There were three reasons I did this: the movie got horrible reviews, which I figured meant people would go see it regardless of the horrible reviews (this happens a lot).  Secondly the movie was in a different genre than Toy Story 3 so I figured that those that had went to see movies like the A-team or Prince of Persia would have gone to see Jonah Hex.  Thirdly the movie starred Megan Fox so I thought that her fan club of guys who like hot girls and don’t care how they act would be out to see it….perhaps that was what that 5 million was? I should have stuck to my gut, apparently everyone could see from the trailers what a dud Jonah Hex appeared to be.

Rounding out the top ten was Iron Man 2 and Marmaduke both managed over 2 million and came close to 3.   Iron Man 2 has pulled in over 300 million at the box office so I wonder when people are going to stop saying that it isn’t as successful as the one before it now.  it’s obviously going to reach the same total as the one before it, perhaps if it stays in most of the summer even go over it so it is a successful film and a successful sequel to a film as well, but people still say it should have made more money in its first month of release.

Next Week we will see the release of Grown Ups the new Adam Sandler film and also Knight and Day the new Tom Cruise movie that also happens to star Cameron Diaz.    It will be interesting to see how things go after this weekend.   Grown Ups looks funny in that same way that every other Sandler comedy looks funny.   This one has an interesting premise about friends getting back together after not seeing each other in ages, but its hard to say if this will appeal to anyone who isn’t a fan of these kinds of Adam Sandler movies as even though it has a lot of stars they are all in the same vein as one another.    Knight and Day despite all of the press that Cruise has been giving it and despite how interesting and funny it looks is a sinker, the movie is not going to make money and I am going to stand by that this time.   I can just tell its not.

My guess for this weekends box office goes like this:

  1. Toy Story 3 with another 50 to 70 million
  2. Grown Ups with 30 to 40 million
  3. The Karate Kid with 20 to 30 million
  4. Get him to the Greek with 10 to 20 million
  5. Knight and Day with around 10 million

I really do think that Grown Ups is going to attract family crowds and also just people who like Adam Sandler comedies.  The Karate Kid is also going to continue to perform because almost everyone has said that it is really good and word of mouth is getting around about the film.   I am sorry Knight and Day you look funny but you’re just barely going to finish in the top five and that’s only if Shrek doesn’t do better…athough I don’t think it will.     How do you think it will finish out give me an answer it the poll below:

Toy Story 3 Dominates Friday Box Office

June 19, 2010 1 comment

The estimates are in for Friday and they are looking really good for one movie in particular as we all knew they would be.   Disney’s Toy Story 3 pulled in an estimated 41 million for friday alone, if this trend continues we can expect to see it pull in 120 million over the three day weekend which is great news.   Toy Story 3 is going to be the second movie in two weeks that just dominates the box office and wipes all of its competition down to almost nothing.     The closest movie to Toy Story 3 in at second place was The Karate Kid pulling in an estimated 8 million which is a steep drop from its launch of 55 million.

While the news for Toy Story 3 is great and it looks like this could be Pixar’s largest opening weekend for a film ever (of course 3d does help some with these numbers) the same cannot be said of the other national release.   Jonah Hex came out this friday to a tune of 2 million or less as it appears no one has an interest in seeing this horrible western movie that looks uninspired and stilted.  From most of what I have read about the film is that Josh Brolin is okay and Megan Fox is deadpan horrible just as she is in all of her other films.  The fact that Fox has yet to prove that people are interested in seeing her leads me to conclude that her hollywood offerings are going to dry up pretty quickly and we’ll start seeing her on straight to DVD releases sooner rather than later.

In the end this weekend will be dominated by Toy Story 3 I will have a full report on Monday regarding how the box office shapes up over the weekend but its obvious that once again Pixar has shown why it is so dominate they put out good movies that whole families want to see not just kids.