Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Rite Tops Box Office Weekend Ahead of Oscar Push

Anthony Hopkins' religious experience, The Rite, conjured up about $15 million this weekend as it lead the pack at the box office.

Meanwhile, the box office also received a slight boost since the Academy Awards announced their nominations this past week. So... films like The King's Speech and True Grit gained a little ground this weekend, and others like Black Swan and The Fighter are still holding strong. 127 Hours, reopened to a wide release with its new Oscar buzz, and managed to climb back into the top 15 with about $2 million, helping it make some of its $18 million budget back.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Rite
2) No Strings Attached
3) The Mechanic
4) The Green Hornet
5) The King's Speech
6) True Grit
7) The Dilemma
8) Black Swan
9) The Fighter
10) Yogi Bear
$15.0 million
$13.7 million
$11.5 million
$11.5 million
$11.1 million
$7.6 million
$5.5 million
$5.1 million
$4.1 million
$3.2 million
$15.0 million
$39.7 million
$11.5 million
$78.8 million
$72.2 million
$148.3 million
$40 million
$90.5 million
$78.4 million
$92.5 million
$37 million
$25 million
$40 million
$120 million
$15 million
$38 million
$70 million
$13 million
$25 million
$80 million

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Mechanic vs The Rite @ the Box Office

A couple new movies open this weekend.

The Mechanic
Hit Factor: Jason Statham playing the same character in every film.
Flop Factor: Jason Statham playing the same character in every film.



The Rite
Hit Factor: Anthony Hopkins... budget is probably small.
Flop Factor: Umm... yeah I have no interest in seeing this film.



My Predictions:

Movie
The Mechanic
No Strings Attached
The Rite
The King's Speech
Black Swan
Weekend Gross (millions)
$14
$12
$9
$7
$5

Monday, January 24, 2011

Movies of 2011 That May Flop

...based off their trailer.

After sitting in a movie theater, and watching countless bad movie trailers wondering if anybody would really see these movies. I decided to come up with a list of movies upcoming in 2011 that have the potential to flop, particularly based off their trailer... so far (As not all movies of 2011 have trailers for them).


Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son (Feb. 18)
It's the third in the series... haven't even seen any of them, but the first two Big Momma's House movies, are a couple of the lowest rated films in history getting 30% and 6% tomatoemeter respectively. Despite this feat, they have done considerably well, making about $300 million combined.


The Adjustment Bureau (Mar. 4)
I actually thought this movie could be cool... kind of The Matrix meets Dark City. However, upon further review it feels a bit off, and may miss an audience. It was also supposed to come out last September (if i remember correctly).


Thor (May 6)
I'm sorry Marvel fans, but this looks like a puke-fest of visual effects... Maybe the trailer is just bad, and here's to hoping the movie is great (go Kenneth Branagh!). This is a very expensive risk for Paramount pictures.


Priest (May 13)
The same director as Legion, and like that movie, Priest has a weird target audience that looks expensive in overused visual effects. Paul Bettany is great, but I don't think these movies will do anything for him.


Green Lantern (June 17)
Another puke-fest of visual effects and a very overdone cheesy trailer. I like what director Martin Campbell brought to the Bond franchise, but Green Lantern may be an expensive misfire for Warner Brothers.


Zookeeper (July 8)
Kevin James is great, but I've seen this film before when it was called Jumanji, Night at the Museum, and Night At the Museum 2...


The Smurfs (Aug. 3)
It was supposed to come out December 17, 2010, then pushed to July 29, 2011, then pushed again to August 3rd. Hrmm... A potential Christmas movies pushed to an August slot. Oh yeah, the trailer doesn't really make me want to see it either.


Real Steel (Oct 7)
I am not sure if this movie even has an audience. A live action version of Rock'em Sock'em Robots? Hrmmm...



The Darkest Hour (Dec 23)
Maybe it sounded better on paper, but seriously, the effects looks like an After Effects plugin.


more to come...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

No Strings Attached Takes the Top Spot @ the Box Office

The Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, debuted in first place with about $20 million. There was no other wide released movie this weekend, so that might have helped... and probably the success of Black Swan.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) No Strings Attached
2) The Green Hornet
3) The Dilemma
4) The King's Speech
5) True Grit
6) Black Swan
7) The Fighter
8) Little Fockers
9) Yogi Bear
10) Tron Legacy
$20.3 million
$18.1 million
$9.7 million
$9.2 million
$8 million
$6.2 million
$4.5 million
$4.4 million
$4.1 million
$3.7 million
$20.3 million
$63.4 million
$33.4 million
$58.6 million
$138.6 million
$83.6 million
$73 million
$141.2 million
$88.9 million
$163.3 million
$25 million
$120 million
$70 million
$15 million
$38 million
$13 million
$25 million
$100 million
$80 million
$170 million

Thursday, January 20, 2011

No Strings Attached Opens @ the Box Office

One new movie opens in wide release this weekend.

No Strings Attached
Hit Factor: Natalie Portman hot off of Black Swan, no other wide release this weekend.
Flop Factor: Romantic Comedies haven't been doing too well lately.



My Predictions:

Movie
No Strings Attached
The Green Hornet
The Dilemma
Black Swan
The King's Speech
Weekend Gross (millions)
$22
$18
$9
$7
$7

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

10 Biggest Box Office Movies of 2010 Graph

Here is a graph of the 10 Biggest Box Movies of 2010 along with their reported budgets.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Green Hornet Tops the Box Office

The critically mediocre movie, The Green Hornet, managed to sting the box office with a lot of box office venom, this weekend (I'm not the only one making puns).

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Green Hornet
2) The Dilemma
3) True Grit
4) The King's Speech
5) Black Swan
6) Little Fockers
7) Tron Legacy
8) Yogi Bear
9) The Fighter
10) Season of the Witch
$34 million
$17.4 million
$11.2 million
$9.1 million
$8.1 million
$7.1 million
$5.7 million
$5.3 million
$5.1 million
$4.5 million
$34 million
$17.4 million
$126.4 million
$44.6 million
$73 million
$134.2 million
$156.9 million
$82.1 million
$65.7 million
$18 million
$125 million
$70 million
$38 million
$15 million
$13 million
$100 million
$170 million
$80 million
$20 million
$40 million

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Green Hornet vs The Dilemma

A couple of new movies hit theaters this early January.

The Green Hornet
Hit Factor: Directed by Michel Gondry...
Flop Factor: It was supposed to come out last Summer, then pushed back to last Christmas, then push back to early January... That doesn't sound promising.



The Dilemma

Hit Factor: Vince Vaughn does well in these type of comedies.
Flop Factor: The trailer doesn't look all that funny except for a few jokes here and there.



My Predictions:

Movie
The Green Hornet
The Dilemma
True Grit
Black Swan
Tron Legacy
Weekend Gross (millions)
$24
$14
$10
$6
$5

Sunday, January 9, 2011

True Grit Finally Wrangles Weekend From Fockers


In it's third weekend of release the critically acclaimed Jeff Bridges Western, True Grit, finally took the top spot from Little Fockers. It goes to show persistence pays off for good film.

MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) True Grit
2) Little Fockers
3) Season of the Witch
4) Tron Legacy
5) Black Swan
6) Country Strong
7) The Fighter
8) The King's Speech
9) Yogi Bear
10) Tangled
$15 million
$13.8 million
$10.7 million
$9.8 million
$8.4 million
$7.3 million
$7.0 million
$6.8 million
$6.8 million
$5.2 million
$110.4 million
$124 million
$10.7 million
$147.9 million
$61.5 million
$7.4 million
$57.8 million
$33.3 million
$75.6 million
$175.9 million
$38 million
$100 million
$40 million
$170 million
$13 million
$15 million
$25 million
$15 million
$80 million
$260 million

Friday, January 7, 2011

Biggest Box Office Flops of 2010 Graph

Here is a graph of 10 of the biggest box office movie flops of 2010... Remember that movie studios usually make a little more than half the total gross of the movie, due to the exhibitor's take... Anyways, here are some of the biggest movie flops of 2010:



10 Biggest Box Office Flops of 2010

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Season of the Witch vs Country Strong

It's the first week of January and here come the left over movies that weren't good enough for the Holiday season.

Season of the Witch
Hit Factor: First wide released movie of 2011, could go for "best movie of 2011 so far" quote.
Flop Factor: Have you seen the trailer? One of those "Nicholas Cage, what is he doing?" movies.



Country Strong
Hit Factor: Had major marketing for awards-dome last year.
Flop Factor: All marketing pretty much fluffed since it hasn't garner many nominations and getting mediocre reviews.



My Predictions:

Movie
True Grit
Little Fockers
Tron Legacy
Season of the Witch
Country Strong
Weekend Gross (millions)
$15
$12
$10
$9
$6

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Little Fockers Holds on to New Year's Weekend 2011

Little Fockers managed to remain at the top spot this weekend, barely beating out True Grit.

Despite a very minimal dip from last weekend, the New Year's 2011 weekend was down roughly 28 percent from last year when Avatar ruled the box office.

MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Little Fockers
2) True Grit
3) Tron Legacy
4) Yogi Bear
5) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6) Tangled
7) The Fighter
8) Gulliver's Travels
9) Black Swan
10) The King's Speech
$26.3 million
$24.5 million
$18.3 million
$13.0 million
$10.5 million
$10.0 million
$10.0 million
$9.1 million
$8.5 million
$7.6 million
$103.1 million
$86.8 million
$130.9 million
$66.1 million
$87.1.8 million
$168.0 million
$46.4 million
$27.2 million
$47.4 million
$22.8 million
$100 million
$38 million
$170 million
$80 million
$155 million
$260 million
$25 million
$112 million
$13 million
$15 million