Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens Ties with The Smurfs?

You don't say? Yes, the Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde acted, Jon Favreau directed, and Steven Spielberg produced movie Cowboys & Aliens tied with The Smurfs. Early estimates put the two flicks neck in neck with each other making about $36.2 million each... Thus tomorrow we could possibly see The Smurfs come out on top. So I guess the mediocre reviews (44% tomatometer) forced the comic book fanboys away this weekend, while the even worse reviews of The Smurfs (20% tomatometer) went largely ignored to the "more-than-expected" attendance.

This is definitely not good news for Universal and the people behind Cowboys & Aliens, as it reportedly cost $163 million to make. Ouch! Making that money back domestically seems very unlikely.

As for that other movie, Crazy, Stupid, Love., it opened it 5th place, but with a nice total of $19.3 million.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Cowboys & Aliens
2) The Smurfs
3) Captain America
4) Harry Potter 7 Part 2
5) Crazy, Stupid, Love.
6) Friends With Benefits
7) Horrible Bosses
8) Transformers: Dark of the Moon
9) Zookeeper
10) Cars 2
$36.2 million
$36.2 million
$24.9 million
$21.9 million
$19.3 million
$9.3 million
$7.1million
$6 million
$4.2 million
$2.3 million
$36.2 million
$36.2 million
$116.8 million
$318.5 million
$19.3 million
$38.2 million
$96.2 million
$337.9 million
$68.7 million
$182.1 million
$163 million
$110 million
$140 million
$250 million*
$45 million
$35 million
$35 million
$195 million
$80 million
$200 million

*Shared with Part 1

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens vs The Smurfs

A few new movies hit theaters this weekend, battling Captain America: The First Avenger.

Cowboys & Aliens
Hit Factor: Trailer looks cool... James Bond and Indiana Jones in the same movie.
Flop Factor: Early reviews have been mediocre.



The Smurfs
Hit Factor: Kids and families might think it's cute.
Flop Factor: I think it looks terrible.



Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Hit Factor: Looks like an offbeat funny comedy.
Flop Factor: Maybe more of a rental than paying the big bucks for the theater.


My Predictions:

Movie
Cowboys & Aliens
Captain America
Harry Potter 7 Part 2
The Smurfs
Stupid, Crazy, Love.
Weekend Gross (millions)
$45
$30
$22
$21
$18



Sunday, July 24, 2011

Captain America Beats Harry Potter

Yes, in a surprising move at the box office this weekend, Captain America bested Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2's second weekend with about $65.8 million... much more than expected. It didn't help that Harry Potter took a devastating 71% plunge in it's second weekend, to under $50 million. I'm guessing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was such a fan based movie that most of the fans saw it on opening weekend and that's pretty much all who will see it. In anycase, it should have passed the $300 million mark domestically by now (you know, with the record that it broke last weekend).

Captain America also is the biggest debut for a superhero movie this year (or well... to be determined tomorrow as it is only a hair ahead of Thor's $65.7 million debut); Green Lantern had a $53.2 million debut, and X-Men: First Class had a $55.1 million opening.

As for that other film that entered theaters this weekend, Friends with Benefits, it opened to $18.5 million, within range of what was expected.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Captain America
2) Harry Potter 7 Part 2
3) Friends With Benefits
4) Transformers: Dark of the Moon
5) Horrible Bosses
6) Zookeeper
7) Cars 2
8) Winnie the Pooh
9) Bad Teacher
10) Midnight in Paris
$65.8 million
$48.1 million
$18.5 million
$12 million
$11.7 million
$8.7 million
$5.7 million
$5.1 million
$2.6 million
$1.9 million
$65.8 million
$274.2 million
$18.5 million
$325.8 million
$82.4 million
$59.2 million
$176.4 million
$17.6 million
$94.4 million
$44.9 million
$140 million
$200+ million
$35 million
$195 million
$35 million
$80 million
$200 million
$30 million
$20 million
$30 million

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Captain America vs Harry Potter

The First Avenger and some Friends go up against the boy wizard's second weekend.

Captain America: The First Avenger
Hit Factor: One of the first superheros... looks better than most superhero movies.
Flop Factor: Released in the shadow of a record breaking Harry Potter... Superhero burn out.



Friends With Benefits
Hit Factor: looks kinda funny... lots of late marketing push.
Flop Factor: It already came out earlier this year, except it was called No Strings Attached and starred Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman.



My Predictions:

Movie
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2
Captain America
Friends with Benefits
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Horrible Bosses
Weekend Gross (millions)
$70
$47
$24
$11
$10



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Harry Potter Surpasses The Dark Knight Record

As if you don't know by now, The Dark Knight (which made $158.4 million) can no longer claim to have the highest opening weekend ever, anymore... This is all thanks to the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Yes, the boy wizard's last film, made a total of $168.5 million... Kaching! That's not the only record it set, because it also beat Twilight: New Moon for the biggest Friday on record with $92.1 million. Foreign figures have not yet been released, but analysts expect it to claim another record. Despite all this hooplah... with increased ticket sales and 3D movie prices, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has actually sold less tickets than The Dark Knight... go figure.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Harry Potter 7 Part 2
2) Transformers: Dark of the Moon
3) Horrible Bosses
4) Zookeeper
5) Cars 2
6) Winnie the Pooh
7) Bad Teacher
8) Larry Crowne
9) Super 8
10) Midnight in Paris
$168.6 million
$21.3 million
$17.6 million
$12.3 million
$8.3 million
$8 million
$5.2 million
$2.6 million
$1.9 million
$1.9 million
$168.6 million
$302.8 million
$60 million
$42.3 million
$165.3 million
$8 million
$88 million
$31.6 million
$122.2 million
$41.8 million
$200+ million
$195 million
$35 million
$80 million
$200 million
$30 million
$20 million
$30 million
$50 million
$30 million

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Final Harry Potter Vies for a Record Breaking Weekend

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 takes aim at The Dark Knight's $158.4 million opening weekend. Will famed wizard beat out the caped crusader?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hit Factor: If you don't know by, you've been in a cave for the past decade.
Flop Factor: I don't see this flopping


Winnie the Pooh
Hit Factor: Yes, there is another movie hitting theaters this weekend.
Flop Factor: It's going up against that other movie.



My Predictions:

Movie
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Horrible Bosses
Zookeeper
Cars 2
Weekend Gross (millions)
$150
$22
$18
$10
$9



Sunday, July 10, 2011

Transformers 3 Easily Tops Second Weekend

Transformers: Dark of the Moon easily topped the post July 4th weekend, with about $47 million. It is now the highest grossing domestic film, surpassing The Hangover 2's $250 million. Transformers has already grossed over $384 million overseas, making a grand total of $645 million worldwide... on track to give Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' $1.02 billion some competition. Even stiffer competition will come next weekend, as the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise hits theaters.

Newcomers this week, Horrible Bosses ($28 million) and Zookeeper ($21 million) posted higher-than-expected numbers at the box office, despite the later getting awful reviews.

This weekend also shows that Disney and Pixar's Cars 2 isn't turning out to be quite the hit they wanted as it's domestic total stands right under $150 million in it's third weekend. It's also becoming less likely that it will reach the $244 million domestic gross of the original Cars. Cars 2 may post strong overseas which will help recoup it's $200 million budget. Whatever the case, Disney will most likely make more than enough money on selling merchandise and memorabilia.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Transformers: Dark of the Moon
2) Horrible Bosses
3) Zookeeper
4) Cars 2
5) Bad Teacher
6) Larry Crowne
7) Super 8
8) Monte Carlo
9) Green Lantern
10) Mr. Popper's Penguins
$47 million
$28.1 million
$21 million
$15.2 million
$9 million
$6.3 million
$4.8 million
$3.8 million
$3.1 million
$2.9 million
$261 million
$28.1 million
$21 million
$148.8 million
$78.8 million
$26.5 million
$118 million
$16.1 million
$109.7million
$57.7 million
$195 million
$37 million
$80 million
$200 million
$20 million
$30 million
$50 million
$20 million
$200 million
$55 million

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Horrible Bosses vs Zookeeper vs Transformers 3

A couple new movies try to fend off those transforming alien robots before a kid wizard breaks box office records.

Horrible Bosses
Hit Factor: One of the few comedies this year that looks funny.
Flop Factor: May not appeal to everyone.



Zookeeper
Hit Factor: Trying to corner the Night of the Museum meets Jumanji family market.
Flop Factor: It's trying to be Night of the Museum and Jumanji.



My Predictions:

Movie
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Horrible Bosses
Zookeeper
Cars 2
Bad Teacher
Weekend Gross (millions)
$42
$22
$18
$16
$8



Sunday, July 3, 2011

Transformers Blows up July 4th Weekend

Transformers: Dark of the Moon easily took the top spot this July 4th weekend with an estimated $97 million from Friday to Sunday, bumping its total to $162 million since it opened Wednesday. It also has already made $372 million worldwide.

Larry Crowne disappointed, as it only raked in $13 million, much, much less than expected, especially for a film starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. It even made less than Bad Teacher's second weekend... Ouch!

Cars 2 also got pummeled in it's second week as it dropped over 60% since last weekend to $25 million (which is kind of rare for a Pixar movie to tumble that much).

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, however, managed to cross into the Billion Dollar club this weekend. Yes, the 4th installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, grossed over a $ billion worldwide. Of course, much of that gross is international sales, as it is the lowest grossing in the franchise domestically, with only $234 million.

There are now 3 Pirates of the Caribbean movies on the top ten highest grossing movies worldwide list, and... now 5 Disney movies in that same top 10 list. Disney is smiling.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Transformers: Dark of the Moon
2) Cars 2
3) Bad Teacher
4) Larry Crowne
5) Monte Carlo
6) Super 8
7) Green Lantern
8) Mr. Popper's Penguins
9) Bridesmaids
10) Midnight in Paris
$97.4 million
$25.1 million
$14.1 million
$13 million
$7.6 million
$7.5 million
$6.3 million
$5.1 million
$3.5 million
$3.4 million
$162.1 million
$116 million
$59.5 million
$13 million
$7.6 million
$108 million
$102 million
$50.1 million
$152.9 million
$33.6 million
$195 million
$200 million
$20 million
$30 million
$20 million
$50 million
$200 million
$55 million
$32.5 million
$30 million