Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hotel Transylvania Crushes the Box Office

Yes, crushed... The Adam Sandler voiced Hotel Transylvania, made $43 million for an easy first place finish.  Making it the biggest opening in September, ever.  Thus, besting the critics who mainly had negative reviews for this movie.  It also helped a very sluggish 2012 September. A movie that got positive reviews, Looper, did pretty well too, scoring $21.2 million for second place.  Both movies are distributed through Sony.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Hotel Transylvania
2) Looper
3) End of Watch
4) Trouble with the Curve
5) House at the End of the Street
6) Pitch Perfect
7) Finding Nemo 3D
8) Resident Evil: Retribution
9) The Master
10) Wont Back Down
$43 million
$21.2 million
$8 million
$7.5 million
$7.2 million
$5.2 million
$4.1 million
$3 million
$2.7 million
$2.7 million
$43 million
$21.2 million
$26.2 million
$23.7 million
$22.2 million
$5.2 million
$36.5 million
$38.7 million
$9.6 million
$2.7 million
$85 million
$30 million
$7 million
n/a
$10 million
$17 million
n/a
$65 million
$35 million
$19 million



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Looper vs Hotel Transylvania

A few new movies hit theaters this weekend.

Looper
Hit Factor: Looks like a cool Sci-Fi flick.
Flop Factor: Serious Sci-Fi movies are a hard sell, despite how good they might be.



Hotel Transylvania
Hit Factor: Throw in a bunch of name celebrity voice talent.
Flop Factor: Doesn't scream "must see" on the likes of a Pixar movie or Ice Age or Shrek, or...



Wont Back Down
Hit Factor: It looks like a safe movie.
Flop Factor: I keep thinking if this is a sequel to Never Back Down, but it's not.



My Predictions:

Movie
Hotel Transylvania
Looper
End of Watch
Wont Back Down
Trouble with the Curve
Weekend Gross (millions)
$25
$19
$9
$8
$7





Sunday, September 23, 2012

End of Watch and House at the End of the Street Tie for First


Well, it could actually be a three way tie as End of Watch and House at the End of the Street are at a dead heat, with both estimates currently sitting at $13 million. Trouble with the Curve, which is now in third isn't too far behind with about $12.7 million. We'll know more when final results are turned in tomorrow.  As for the other newcomer, Dredd, didn't fair well at all, debuting in 6th place with about $6.3 million... and this movie actually had decent reviews.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) End of Watch
2) House at the End of the Street
3) Trouble with the Curve
4) Finding Nemo 3D
5) Resident Evil: Retribution
6) Dredd
7) The Master
8) The Possession
9) Lawless
10) ParaNorman
$13 million
$13 million
$12.7 million
$9.4 million
$6.7 million
$6.3 million
$5 million
$2.6 million
$2.3 million
$2.3 million
$13 million
$13 million
$12.7 million
$30 million
$33.5 million
$6.3 million
$6.1 million
$45.7 million
$34.5 million
$52.6 million
$7 million
$10 million
n/a
n/a
$65 million
$50 million
$35 million
$14 million
$12 million
$83 million



Thursday, September 20, 2012

End of Watch vs Dredd 3D vs Curve vs House at the End of the Street

A chunk of new movies hits theaters this September weekend.

End of Watch
Hit Factor: From the writer of Training Day - if that makes a big difference.
Flop Factor: This also looks like that movie Street Kings, which didn't do that well... This just in, it's the same director... This guy sure likes to make L.A. police movies.



Dredd 3D
Hit Factor: It's surprisingly getting good reviews (85% tomatometer so far).
Flop Factor: For a big action film, the marketing seems underwhelming.



Trouble With The Curve
Hit Factor: Clint Eastwood movies are usually good.
Flop Factor: The last few Eastwood movies haven't really moved me to go and see them in theaters, this one is no exception.



House at the End of the Street
Hit Factor: No reviews, yet. Meaning no bad reviews to sway the audience, yet.
Flop Factor: No reviews yet.



The Master
Hit Factor: Record debut last weekend on only 5 screens.
Flop Factor: Will the general public flock to see this film?



My Predictions:

Movie
End of Watch
Dredd 3D
Trouble with the Curve
The Master
Resident Evil: Retribution
Weekend Gross (millions)
$15
$14
$14
$12
$10





Sunday, September 16, 2012

Resident Evil: Retribution Takes Top Spot at Box Office

Resident Evil: Retribution, director Paul W.S. Anderson's fifth in the franchise flick, debuted in the number one spot this weekend ($21.1 million), beating out the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo ($17.5 million).  I still am surprised that this franchise is still around, since it's pretty awful.  What do the foreign audience's see in this film that's worthwhile? Resident Evil: Afterlife made $236.1 million overseas, afterall.

In other news, the other Paul Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, opened to $730 thousand from just 5 theaters, which is a record.  The Master expands into wide release next weekend.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Resident Evil: Retribution
2) Finding Nemo 3D
3) The Possession
4) Lawless
5) ParaNorman
6) The Expendables 2
7) The Words
8) The Bourne Legacy
9) The Odd Life of Timothy Green
10) The Dark Knight Rises
$21.1 million
$17.5 million
$5.8 million
$4.2 million
$3 million
$3 million
$2.9 million
$2.9 million
$2.5 million
$2.1 million
$21.1 million
$17.5 million
$41.2 million
$30.1 million
$49.3 million
$80.3 million
$9.2 million
$107.8 million
$46.3 million
$441 million
$65 million
n/a
$14 million
$12 million
$83 million
$100 million
$6 million
$125 million
$40 million
$250 million



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Finding Nemo 3D vs Resident Evil: Retribution

Despite last week's abysmal weekend, a couple new movies try to turn that tide around.

Finding Nemo 3D
Hit Factor: Well, it's already made a ton of money.
Flop Factor: Don't know, the box office is pretty weak right now... people know this is a good movie.



Resident Evil: Retribution
Hit Factor: There's is absolutely nothing else to see other than Finding Nemo 3D
Flop Factor: What number are they on, 4? 5? I can't remember.


My Predictions:

Movie
Finding Nemo 3D
Resident Evil: Retribution
The Possession
Lawless
The Expendables 2
Weekend Gross (millions)
$26
$22
$5
$3
$3





Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Possession Stays Number One at Weak Box Office

This was a slow weekend at the box office, as no movies managed to gross over $10 million. In fact the highest grossing newcomer, The Words, only managed to make $5 million.  The only bright spot was the re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Imax, which made about $1.7 million from only 267 screens (almost beating The Cold Light of Day's $1.8 million, which is on 1511 screens).

The weekend was so slow, in fact, many analysts believe it may be the worst weekend in a decade... Ouch!

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Possession
2) Lawless
3) The Words
4) The Expendables 2
5) The Bourne Legacy
6) ParaNorman
7) The Odd Life of Timothy Green
8) The Campaign
9) The Dark Knight Rises
10) 2016: Obama's America
$9.5 million
$6 million
$5 million
$4.8 million
$4 million
$3.8 million
$3.7 million
$3.5 million
$3.3 million
$3.3 million
$33.3 million
$23.5 million
$5 million
$75.4 million
$103 million
$45.1 million
$43 million
$79.5 million
$437.8 million
$26 million
$14 million
n/a
$6 million
$100 million
$125 million
$83 million
$40 million
$56 million
$250 million
$2.5 million



Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Words Opens at the Box Office

A couple of new movies hit theaters in wide release this (in what could be a) boring September weekend.

The Words
Hit Factor: Probably really low budget.
Flop Factor: Ummm... I'll skip this one.



The Cold Light Of Day
Hit Factor: ?
Flop Factor: Okay, so I've seen no promotion for this film, despite having Bruce Willis in it.



My Predictions:

Movie
The Possession
The Words
Lawless
The Expendables 2
The Cold Light of Day
Weekend Gross (millions)
$10
$8
$6
$5
$4





Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Possession Tops The Box Office

The Sam Raimi produced Horror flick The Possession, easily took the top spot at the box office this weekend with about $17.7 million.  Lawless, debuted in second with about $9.7 million.  As for that other film, Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure, apparently no one (not even it's intended kid audience) wanted to see it.  It placed out of the top 20, making less than $500,000 while being on over 2000 screens.  Oogieloves' debut is one of the worsts on record.

In other news, The Dark Knight Rises, finally rose above the $1 Billion mark worldwide this week and is now the highest grossing film in the Batman franchise. Also, The Avengers has now assembled over $1.5 Billion worldwide.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Possession
2) Lawless
3) The Expendables 2
4) The Bourne Legacy
5) ParaNorman
6) The Odd Life of Timothy Green
7) The Dark Knight Rises
8) The Campaign
9) 2016: Obama's America
10) Hope Springs
$17.7 million
$9.7 million
$8.8 million
$7.2 million
$6.6 million
$6.1 million
$5.9 million
$5.4 million
$5.1 million
$4.7 million
$17.7 million
$11.8 million
$66.2 million
$96.2 million
$38 million
$35.9 million
$431.2 million
$73 million
$18 million
$52.1 million
$14 million
n/a
$100 million
$125 million
$85 million
$25 million
$250 million
$56 million
$2.5 million
$30 million