Sunday, April 29, 2012

Think Like A Man Scores a Second Weekend

Think Like A Man easily took first place (with $18 million) again at the box office this weekend.  While the moderately hyped, The Five-Year Engagement fell well below the radar with $11 million for 5th place. The Pirates! Band of Misfits came in second (with $11.4 million).  Overall, it was a pretty boring weekend, especially for the 4 new movies that were released.

In other, more interesting news, the The Avengers movie debuted (or assembled) with an estimated $178.4 million overseas.  How dare they release this movie overseas first than in the States!

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Think Like A Man
2) The Pirates! Band of Misfits
3) The Lucky One
4) The Hunger Games
5) The Five-Year Engagement
6) Safe
7) The Raven
8) Chimpanzee
9) The Three Stooges
10) The Cabin in the Woods
$18 million
$11.4 million
$11.3 million
$11.3 million
$11.2 million
$7.8 million
$7.3 million
$5.5 million
$5.4 million
$4.5 million
$60.8 million
$11.4 million
$39.9 million
$372.5 million
$11.2 million
$27 million
$7.3 million
$19.2 million
$37.1 million
$34.7 million
$12 million
$55 million
$25 million
$78 million
$30 million
$30 million
$26 million
n/a
$30 million
$30 million

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Five-Year Engagment vs Pirates vs The Raven vs Safe

A slew of new movies hit theaters this last weekend in April... all trying to take some box office gold before The Avengers onslaught hits theaters next weekend.

The Five-Year Engagement
Hit Factor: Seems like they've been plugging this movie for a while now.
Flop Factor: Nothing really new here.



The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Hit Factor: From the people that broth us Wallace and Gromit.
Flop Factor: It may have to rely on word of mouth rather than initial reaction.



The Raven
Hit Factor: An odd movie, with weird marketing appeal.
Flop Factor: That weird marketing appeal doesn't really have an audience.



Safe
Hit Factor: Jason Statham in a Jason Statham movie.
Flop Factor: This is pretty much Transporter 25 as far as I know.



My Predictions:

Movie
The Five-Year Engagement
Think Like A Man
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Lucky One
The Raven
Weekend Gross (millions)
$22
$18
$15
$14
$12



Sunday, April 22, 2012

Think Like A Man beats The Lucky One

Think Like A Man took the top spot this weekend at the box office with about $33 million easily beating out The Lucky One ($22.8 million) and The Hunger Games' fifth weekend ($14.5 million).


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Think Like A Man
2) The Lucky One
3) The Hunger Games
4) Chimpanzee
5) The Three Stooges
6) The Cabin in the Woods
7) American Reunion
8) Titanic 3D
9) 21 Jump Street
10) Mirror Mirror
$33 million
$22.8 million
$14.5 million
$10.2 million
$9.2 million
$7.8 million
$5.2 million
$5 million
$4.6 million
$4.1 million
$33 million
$22.8 million
$356.9 million
$10.2 million
$29.4million
$27 million
$48.3 million
$52.8 million
$127.1 million
$55.2 million
$12 million
$25 million
$78 million
n/a
$30 million
$30 million
$50 million
$18 million
$42 million
$85 million

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Lucky One vs Think Like A Man vs Chimpanzee

A few new movies vie to take The Hunger Games from the top spot at the box office.

The Lucky One
Hit Factor: From same author of The Notebook and Dear John. With The Vow doing well earlier this year, this might hit big too.
Flop Factor: The Vow came out on Valentine's Day weekend.



Think Like A Man

Hit Factor: Pretty good marketing.



Chimpanzee
Hit Factor: Probably looks nice in Imax.
Flop Factor: Disney nature films don't exactly do giant box office, but more a selective one.



My Predictions:

Movie
The Lucky One
Think Like A Man
The Hunger Games
Cabin in the Woods
The Three Stooges
Weekend Gross (millions)
$24
$16
$15
$9
$8



Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Hunger Games: Four Weeks at Number One

The Hunger Games easily took the top spot at the box office again for the fourth weekend in a row with just above $21 million. The Three Stooges, did exceed expectations a bit, as it came in second with $17 million, beating out The Cabin in the Woods' $14.8 million.

Titanic 3D, which came in fourth ($11.6 million) had a huge weekend overseas, raking in about $88 million... most of which came from China's $58 million.

Another surprise overseas (yes, I don't really talk about overseas gross... but it's worth noting), is that Battleship made an estimated $58 million, which, like Tintin, is opening well ahead of it's debut in the States too much success.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Hunger Games
2) The Three Stooges
3) The Cabin in the Woods
4) Titanic 3D
5) American Reunion
6) Mirror Mirror
7) Wrath of the Titans
8) 21 Jump Street
9) Lockout
10) The Lorax
$21.5 million
$17.1 million
$14.9 million
$11.6 million
$10.7 million
$7 million
$6.9 million
$6.8 million
$6.3 million
$3 million
$337.1 million
$17.1 million
$14.9 million
$44.4 million
$39.9million
$49.5 million
$71.3 million
$120.6 million
$6.3 million
$204.5 million
$78 million
$30 million
$45 million
$18 million
$50 million
$85 million
$150 million
$42 million
$20 million
$70 million


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cabin in the Woods vs Three Stooges vs Lockout

A few new movies hit theaters this weekend, each trying to take The Hunger Games from it's three week throne. BTW, April looks fairly weak, movie wise... So it's the best time for a breakout hit, right before the big movies of May start to roll in.

The Cabin in the Woods
Hit Factor: Very positive reviews for a Horror film (92% on rottentomatoes).
Flop Factor: Will this critical acclaim win over an audience?


The Three Stooges

Hit Factor: Most people know of the original Three Stooges.
Flop Factor: This looks really bad. The Farrelly brothers did this film? really?


Lockout
Hit Factor: ?
Flop Factor: Don't really know what this movies is about nor that it was coming out this weekend.


My Predictions:

Movie
The Hunger Games
Cabin in the Woods
American Reunion
Titanic 3D
The Three Stooges
Weekend Gross (millions)
$20
$18
$12
$10
$9



Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Hunger Games Top Third Weekend

The Hunger Games easily took the top spot in it's third weekend at the box office, sinking Titanic 3D and throwing a pie in the face of American Reunion, both of which are performing a bit under expectations. It seems the reconverted 3D movement is starting to show signs of a slowdown or suffering from over-saturation.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Hunger Games
2) American Reunion
3) Titanic 3D
4) Wrath of the Titans
5) Mirror Mirror
6) 21 Jump Street
7) The Lorax
8) Salmon Fishing in Yemen
9) John Carter
10) Safe House
$33.5 million
$21.5 million
$17.4 million
$15 million
$11 million
$10.2 million
$5 million
$1 million
$.8 million
$.6 million
$302.8 million
$21.5 million
$25.7 million
$58.9 million
$36.5 million
$109.6 million
$198.2 million
$4.6 million
$68 million
$124.8 million
$78 million
$50 million
$18 million*
$150 million
$85 million
$42 million
$70 million
n/a
$250 million
$85 million


*reportedly cost $18 million to convert Titanic to 3D

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Titanic 3D vs American Reunion

One of the biggest movies of all time, makes a return to theaters in 3D, while the American Pie crew gets reunited.

Titanic 3D
Hit Factor: It already made almost $2 Billion worldwide.
Flop Factor: Will people really want to wear 3D glasses for over 3 hours?



American Reunion
Hit Factor: Nostalgia factor, looks kinda funny.
Flop Factor: The American Pie franchise went away for a reason... may end up like the Scream series.




My Predictions:

Movie
The Hunger Games
Titanic 3D
American Reunion
Wrath of the Titans
Mirror Mirror
Weekend Gross (millions)
$32
$30
$25
$16
$10



Monday, April 2, 2012

Surprise Box Office Hits of 2012

Coming off of a somewhat mellow 2011 movie year, 2012 has been somewhat unpredictable. A year where unexpected box office hits broke out, sending audiences to the movie theaters in droves. Here is a list of the Biggest Surprise Box Office Hits of 2012, so far. More will be added to the list as the year goes on.

*As of 3/28

Chronicle
Who would've thought this low-budget superhero film with no name actors would prove a hit?
Budget: $12 million
Domestic Gross: $63.6 million
Foreign Gross: $53.2 million
Total Gross: $116.8 million

The Devil Inside
For getting terrible reviews (7% on Rottentomatoes) this movie scared up a huge box office with a tiny budget.
Budget: $1 million
Domestic Gross: $53.3 million
Foreign Gross: $44 million
Total Gross: $97.3
Act of Valor
Another movie with bad reviews (26% on Rottentomatoes), though it featured active duty Navy SEALs leading to it's authenticity.
Budget: $12 million
Domestic Gross: $66.1 million
Foreign Gross: $2.4 million
Total Gross: $68.5 million
The Vow
Yes, we knew this movie would do well over Valentine's Day weekend, but this well?
Budget: $30 million
Domestic Gross: $122.9 million
Foreign Gross: $47 million
Total Gross: $169.9 million

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Hunger Games Easily Beats 'Wrath' and 'Mirror'

The Hunger Games proved it's a phenomenon not to be messed with as it easily beat newcomers Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror in it's second weekend at the box office. The Hunger Games' $61 million weekend helped it score over $251 million total this weekend. While Wrath of the Titans' $34 million debut is far lower than Clash of the Titans' $61 million. Overseas, Wrath of the Titans scored big with about $78 million.

Mirror Mirror debuted with $19 million, a bit short of what analysts expected, especially for a big budget film starring Julia Roberts.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Hunger Games
2) Wrath of the Titans
3) Mirror Mirror
4) 21 Jump Street
5) The Lorax
6) John Carter
7) Salmon Fishing in Yemen
8) Act of Valor
9) A Thousand Words
10) Journey 2
$61.1 million
$34.2 million
$19 million
$15 million
$8 million
$2 million
$1.3 million
$1 million
$.9 million
$.8 million
$251 million
$34.2 million
$19 million
$93.1 million
$189.6 million
$66.2 million
$3.2 million
$67.8 million
$16.5 million
$98.5 million
$78 million
$150 million
$85 million
$42 million
$70 million
$250 million
n/a
$12 million
$40 million
$79 million