Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gnomeo & Juliet Tops Oscar Weekend

The non-Disney looking, Disney animated feature, Gnomeo & Juliet managed to climb to the top spot for the first time, in it's third weekend of release.

Nicholas Cage's Drive Angry managed to cough up about $5 million, just enough for ninth place... this may be the year's first real flop, as it reportedly cost $45-$50 million.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Gnomeo and Juliet
2) Hall Pass
3) Unknown
4) Just Go With It
5) I Am Number Four
6) Never Say Never
7) The King's Speech
8) Big Momma's 3
9) Drive Angry
10) The Roommate
$14.2 million
$13.4 million
$12.4 million
$11.1 million
$11.0 million
$9.2 million
$7.6 million
$7.6 million
$5.1 million
$2.1 million
$75.2 million
$13.4 million
$42.8 million
$79.4 million
$37.7 million
$62.8 million
$114.5 million
$28.6 million
$5.1 million
$35.9 million
n/a
$36 million
$30
$80 million
$60 million
$13 million
$15 million
$32 million
$50 million
$16 million

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hall Pass vs Drive Angry 3D This Weekend

A couple of husbands get a hall pass and Nicholas Cage gets angry this weekend at the box office.


Hall Pass
Hit Factor: There are some funny moments in the trailer.
Flop Factor: The Directors The Farrelly brothers, haven't really been on the radar in a while.



Drive Angry 3D
Hit Factor: Action explotation flick
Flop Factor: Thin plots isn't necessarily a good for big box office (although some may argue)




My Predictions:

Movie
Unknown
Hall Pass
Drive Angry 3D
Gnomeo and Juliet
Just Go With It
Weekend Gross (millions)
$15
$15
$14
$13
$12

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Liam Neeson Kick's Box Office Ass Again

Liam Neeson's return to the low budget ass-kicking single-plot revenge genre (ala Taken), proved well once again as Unknown took the top spot this weekend with just over $21 million. Second place newcomer, I Am Number Four made just under $20 million, a bit shy than expected, probably due to last minute bad reviews.

Big Momma's: Like Fathers Like Son, managed to get an audience of $17 million(seriously people?), while maintaining a Zero% Tomatometer heading into the weekend, and now getting a whopping 8%.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Unknown
2) I Am Number Four
3) Gnomeo and Juliet
4) Just Go With It
5) Big Momma's 3
6) Never Say Never
7) The King's Speech
8) The Roommate
9) The Eagle
10) No Strings Attached
$21.8 million
$19.5 million
$19.4 million
$18.2 million
$17.0 million
$13.6 million
$6.6 million
$4.1 million
$3.6 million
$3.1 million
$21.8 million
$19.5 million
$50.4 million
$60.8 million
$17.0 million
$48.5 million
$103.3 million
$32.7 million
$15 million
$66 million
$30 million
$60 million
n/a
$80 million
$32 million
$13 million
$15 million
$16 million
$25 million
$25 million

Thursday, February 17, 2011

President's Day Weekend Movies

A few new movies hit theaters this President's Day Weekend.

I Am Number Four
Hit Factor: Kinda superhero, Matrix thing for a younger audience. Plus since it's already a book, so it has a built in audience.
Flop Factor: No name actors.



Unknown
Hit Factor: Liam Neeson in a Taken role of the sorts.
Flop Factor: I have the feeling that Taken's awesomeness is beginning to feel like a fluke (Yes I know this isn't the same director as Taken!).



Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son

Hit Factor: People paid money to see Big Momma's House 1 and 2.
Flop Factor: Seriously, c'mon... If Zero Percent on rottentomatoes (so far) doesn't count?


My Predictions:

Movie
I Am Number Four
Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son
Just Go With It
Unknown
Never Say Never
Weekend Gross (millions)
$26
$22
$17
$16
$16

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Adam Sandler Movie Edges Past Justin Bieber

The Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, romantic comedy, Just Go With It, just barely beat out Justin Bieber's documentary, Never Say Never, with about $31 million (this may change when final figures come in tomorrow). Nonetheless, this surprising figure mostly has something to do with the it being the weekend before Valentine's Day (because seriously, it's getting an 18% on rottentomatoes).

This weekend was much higher than expected, with the top 3 films making well over $25 million. Yes, even Gnomeo and Juliet made about $25 million.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Just Go With It
2) Never Say Never
3) Gnomeo and Juliet
4) The Eagle
5) The Roommate
6) The King's Speech
7) No Strings Attached
8) Sanctum
9) True Grit
10) The Green Hornet
$31 million
$30.3 million
$25.5 million
$8.6 million
$8.4 million
$7.4 million
$5.7 million
$5.1 million
$3.7 million
$3.6 million
$31 million
$30.3 million
$25.5 million
$8.6 million
$26.1 million
$93.9 million
$59.9 million
$17.5 million
$160.3 million
$92.3 million
$80 million
$13 million
n/a
$20 million
$16 million
$15 million
$25 million
$30 million
$38 million
$120 million

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bieber Fever Hits Movie Theaters this Weekend

Justin Bieber's film and a few others open at the box office this post Superbowl Weekend.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Hit Factor: Every pre-teenage girl will see this movie and it's in 3D!
Flop Factor: I'm not a pre-teenage girl.



The Eagle
Hit Factor: Channing Tatum slowly moving into an action lead role.
Flop Factor: The trailer and commercials are a bit of "meh."



Gnomeo and Juliet
Hit Factor: No animated kid film in competition.
Flop Factor: Looks like an animated film that was dumped in February.



Just Go With It
Hit Factor: Brooklyn Decker in a bikini. People seem to still flock to Adam Sandler movies, even when they get less and less funny.
Flop Factor: I usually have one laugh in a Adam Sander trailer...



My Predictions:

Movie
Never Say Never
Just Go With It
Gnomeo and Juliet
The Eagle
The Roommate
Weekend Gross (millions)
$30
$24
$16
$8
$7

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Top 20 Grossing Films of 2011: Predictions

Here come the 2011 movie onslaught...

In doing research for this article I've noticed there are going to be a whole lot of sequels this year. A lot for franchises that don't even need another sequel. In fact, only two non-sequeled or franchised films made my top 20 list. A good chunk of these movies don't even have trailers yet, so your guess is as good as mine. So here are my predictions for the Top 20 Films of the Year:

What is your guess on the top 20 films of the year?





20) Fast Five
Opens: April 29
Guess: $130 Million
19) Cowboys & Aliens
Opens: July 29
Guess: $130 Million
18) Captain America: The First Avenger
Opens: July 22
Guess: $130 Million
17) Green Lantern
Opens: June 17
Guess: $130 Million
16) Scream 4
Opens: April 15
Guess: $140 Million
15) Super 8
Opens: June 10
Guess: $140 Million
14) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Opens: December 16
Guess: $140 Million
13) Thor
Opens: May 6
Guess: $140 Million
12) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked
Opens: December 16
Guess: $150 million
11) X-Men: First Class
Opens: June 3
Guess: $160 Million
10) Sherlock Holmes 2
Opens: December 16
Guess: $160 Million
9) Puss In Boots
Opens: November 4
Guess: $160 Million
8) The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Opens: December 23
Guess: $200 Million
7) The Hangover: Part 2
Opens: May 27
Guess: $220 Million
6) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Opens: May 20
Guess: $250 Million
5) Cars 2
Opens: June 24
Guess: $260 Million
4) Kung Fu Panda 2
Opens: May 27
Guess: $260 Million
3) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Opens: November 18
Guess: $260 Million
2) Transformers 3
Opens: July 1
Guess: $300 Million
1) Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows Part 2

Opens: July 15
Guess: $325 Million

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Roommate Tops Superbowl Weekend

The 9% Tomatometer rated film, The Roommate, debuted in first place this Superbowl weekend with just over $15 million... As for the James Cameron executive produced (as all the marketing goes) Sanctum, well it spelunked a minimal $9 million. So in other words, this was a pretty boring weekend at the movies. The only bright side, is that The King's Speech still holding up well.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Roommate
2) Sanctum
3) No Strings Attached
4) The King's Speech
5) The Green Hornet
6) The Rite
7) The Mechanic
8) True Grit
9) The Dilemma
10) Black Swan
$15.6 million
$9.2 million
$8.4 million
$8.3 million
$6.1 million
$5.6 million
$5.4 million
$4.8 million
$3.4 million
$3.4 million
$15.6 million
$9.2 million
$51.8 million
$84.1 million
$87.2 million
$23.7 million
$20.1 million
$155 million
$45.7 million
$95.9 million
$16 million
$30 million
$25 million
$15 million
$120 million
$37 million
$40 million
$38 million
$70 million
$13 million

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Roommate Vs Sanctum

A couple new uneventful movies hit theaters this first weekend of February.

The Roommate

Hit Factor: Hot girls. Low Budget.
Flop Factor: Have you seen the trailer?



Sanctum
Hit Factor: Explotation of James Cameron's name is all over the commercials... based on a true story.
Flop Factor: James Cameron isn't Directing, not even producing, but executive producing... which could barely mean anything but finding some dough for the film.




My Predictions:

Movie
The Roommate
Sanctum
The King's Speech
The Rite
No Strings Attached
Weekend Gross (millions)
$12
$10
$8
$7
$7