Sunday, October 30, 2011

Puss In Boots Slashes To the Top of Halloween Weekend


Puss in Boots easily managed to take the top of the box office this Halloween weekend with about $34 million, albeit a little lower than expected. It also set a record for biggest opening on said weekend... beating out previous record holder, Saw 3's $33.4 million. Puss in Boots still has some way to go to recoup its reported $130 million budget, which will most likely happen with the help of the overseas market.

As for the other two movies, In Time and The Rum Diary, they disappointed with $12 million and $5 million respectively.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Puss in Boots
2) Paranormal Activity 3
3) In Time
4) Footloose
5) The Rum Diary
6) Real Steel
7) The Three Musketeers
8) The Ides of March
9) Moneyball
10) Courageous
$34 million
$18.5 million
$12 million
$5.4 million
$5 million
$4.7 million
$3.5 million
$2.7 million
$2.4 million
$1.8 million
$34 million
$81.3 million
$12 million
$38.4 million
$5 million
$73.9 million
$14.8 million
$33.5 million
$67.4 million
$27.6 million
$130 million
$5 million
$40 million
$24 million
$45 million
$110 million
$75 million
$12.5 million
$50 million
$2 million

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Puss In Boots vs Paranormal Activity 3


A few new movies hit theaters this weekend, ready to scare away Paranormal Activity 3.

Puss in Boots
Hit Factor: It's a Shrek spin off, and everyone love Puss in Boots.
Flop Factor: Albeit it's not Shrek, but Dreamworks is totally milking this franchise.



In Time
Hit Factor: Looks like it could be a interesting movie with an interesting plot.
Flop Factor: Despite Justin Timberlake's star power, most of his audience won't go for a story like this.



The Rum Diary
Hit Factor: Hunter S. Thompson and Johnny Depp.
Flop Factor: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was awesome, but didn't do well in theaters.



My Predictions:

Movie
Puss In Boots
Paranormal Activity 3
In Time
The Rum Diary
Real Steel
Weekend Gross (millions)
$50
$24
$14
$12
$6



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3 Scares Away the Competition


Not only did Paranormal Activity 3 scare the competition away, it frightened and spooked it. Yes I say this because, the third in the horror franchise managed to gross an October record $54 million over the weekend, also making it the highest opening for a horror flick. And when you thought this franchise would die out, it just keeps on scaring. Now, while the audiences are scared, the producers are "ka-ching" as this film reportedly only cost $5 million.

As for the other movies that came out this weekend, The Three Musketeers and Johnny English Reborn (where both movies would be considered flops in the States, but doing surprisingly well overseas), a 4th and 8th place finish respectively.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Paranormal Activity 3
2) Real Steel
3) Footloose
4) The Three Musketeers
5) The Ides of March
6) Dolphin Tale
7) Moneyball
8) Johnny English Reborn
9) The Thing
10) 50/50
$54 million
$11.3 million
$10.8 million
$8.8 million
$4.9 million
$4.2 million
$4.1 million
$3.4 million
$3.1 million
$2.8 million
$54 million
$67.2 million
$30.9 million
$8.8 million
$29.2 million
$64.4 million
$63.7 million
$21.4 million
$14.1 million
$28.8 million
$5 million
$110 million
$24 million
$75 million
$12.5 million
$37 million
$50 million
$45 million
$35 million
$8 million

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3 vs The Three Musketeers

A few new movies hit theaters this weekend, each vying to dethrone Real Steel from the top.

Paranormal Activity 3
Hit Factor: The last two Paranormal Activity's domestic gross total almost $200 million while costing barely nothing in Hollywood standards.
Flop Factor: How many sequels will the audience start to fatigue?



The Three Musketeers
Hit Factor: It is actually doing well overseas ahead of the U.S. launch.
Flop Factor: Will most likely be more appreciated overseas.



Johnny English Reborn
Hit Factor: Mr. Bean has a worldwide audience.
Flop Factor: Again, not so much of U.S. audience.



My Predictions:

Movie
Paranormal Activity 3
The Three Musketeers
Real Steel
Footloose
Johnny English Reborn
Weekend Gross (millions)
$35
$15
$9
$8
$5



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Real Steel Edges out Footloose

In what might be a photo finish, a last round TKO (or whatever you call it when the bout ends neck to neck and it's up to the judges to finalize the winner), between Hugh Jackman's Real Steel and the remake of the 1980's flick, Footloose. Only $200 thousand separate the two in weekend estimates so far. So it could go either way. But as of right now, Real Steel has the edge.

The other remake (ahem prequel), The Thing, managed to rake in under $9 million, making it a pretty much forgettable movie come next weekend. And as for that star-packed, but poorly marketed comedy, The Big Year, well... it's tanking with a 9th place finish. Seems like they're really trying to bury this movie.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Real Steel
2) Footloose
3) The Thing
4) The Ides of March
5) Dolphin Tale
6) Moneyball
7) 50/50
8) Courageous
9) The Big Year
10) The Lion King 3D
$16.3 million
$16.1 million
$8.7 million
$7.5 million
$6.3 million
$5.5 million
$4.3 million
$3.4 million
$3.3 million
$2.7 million
$51.7 million
$16.1 million
$8.7 million
$22.2 million
$58.7 million
$57.7 million
$24.3 million
$21.4 million
$3.3 million
$90.5 million
$110 million
$24 million
$35 million
$12.5 million
$37 million
$50 million
$8 million
$2 million
$28 million
n/a

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Footloose vs The Thing

Two 1980's remakes battle (I know The Thing is a prequel to the 1984 movie), and a star studded comedy battle some Real Steel this weekend.

Footloose
Hit Factor: Lots of marketing... Looks like a Step Up sequel, prequel or the like, and that franchise has surprisingly done pretty well.
Flop Factor: I grew up with the original Footloose and don't really want to see a remake.



The Thing
Hit Factor: A different kind of Horror Thriller movie.
Flop Factor: For it not being a remake (but a prequel), it looks exactly like a remake.



The Big Year
Hit Factor: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson in one movie.
Flop Factor: Seems very under marketed for a film with these big stars.



My Predictions:

Movie
Footloose
Real Steel
The Thing
The Big Year
The Ides of March
Weekend Gross (millions)
$18
$16
$12
$8
$6



Sunday, October 9, 2011

Real Steel Is Box Office Champ

Not surprisingly, the Hugh Jackman, Rock'em Sock'em Robot flick, Real Steel, easily topped the box office this weekend with just about $27 million, but still has a long way to go before reaching a profit off of it's reported $110 million budget.

George Clooney's The Ides of March, made a modest $10 million for second place, which is good considering it only cost $12.5 million to make. With a positive word of mouth and Oscar bait material, The Ides of March may turn a nice profit.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Real Steel
2) The Ides of March
3) Dolphin Tale
4) Moneyball
5) 50/50
6) Courageous
7) The Lion King 3D
8) Dream House
9) What's Your Number?
10) Abduction
$27.3 million
$10.4 million
$9.2 million
$7.5 million
$5.5 million
$4.6 million
$4.6 million
$4.5 million
$3.1 million
$2.9 million
$27.3 million
$10.4 million
$49.1 million
$49.3 million
$17.3 million
$15.9 million
$86 million
$14.5 million
$10.3 million
$23.4 million
$110 million
$12.5 million
$37 million
$50 million
$8 million
$2 million
n/a
$50 million
$20 million
$35 million

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Real Steel vs The Ides of March

Two new movies hit theaters this weekend, looking to relieve the box office lull.

Real Steel
Hit Factor: Surprisingly, getting positive early reviews so far... nothing else out.
Flop Factor: Trailer is funny and dumb. Does Rock'em Sock'em Robots make a great movie?



The Ides of March
Hit Factor: George Clooney directs himself in an Oscar bait movie.
Flop Factor: May not be the most audience driving movie out there.



My Predictions:

Movie
Real Steel
The Ides of March
Dolphin Tale
Moneyball
Courageous
Weekend Gross (millions)
$22
$14
$9
$8
$6



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dolphin Tale Takes Box Office Throne Away From The Lion King

In what is a rather weak and unusual weekend at the movies, Dolphin Tale managed to hit the number one spot in it's second week of release with about $14.2 million. The Lion King 3D slipped to number 3, behind Moneyball, primarily because The Lion King is hitting the Blu-ray market this week.

As for the newcomers, 50/50 managed to best them all, but with a fourth place finish, just above $8.8 million. While the somewhat limited, somewhat wide released film (just over 1000 theaters) Courageous, unexpectedly grabbed up 5th place, trailing 50/50 only by about $50 thousand. It is somewhat odd that a small run movie is doing pretty well, despite it's mediocre reviews. Well, it is marketed well to the Christian market, where most of it's money is coming from.

Dream House is the third newcomer that is also neck and neck (and neck) with those other two, but since it is rumored to cost about $50 million, this will most likely flop... also because it's getting a 5% on rottentomatoes and also the director and actors won't do press for it. Ouch!

As for the Anna Faris comedy What's Your Number?-- 8th place. I like Anna Faris, but this movie did have very underwhelming marketing and it also didn't help that it looked like every other mediocre Rom-com on the market.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Dolphin Tale
2) Moneyball
3) The Lion King 3D
4) 50/50
5) Courageous
6) Dream House
7) Abduction
8) What's Your Number?
9) Contagion
10) Killer Elite
$14.3 million
$12.5 million
$11.1 million
$8.9 million
$8.8 million
$8.2 million
$5.7 million
$5.6 million
$5 million
$4.9 million
$37.5 million
$38.5 million
$79.7 million
$8.9 million
$8.8 million
$8.2 million
$19.1 million
$5.6 million
$64.7 million
$17.4 million
$37 million
$50 million
n/a
$8 million
$1 million
$50 million
$35 million
$20 million
$60 million
$70 million