Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Hobbit Fends off Django Unchained and Les Miserables

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit had a strong finish ($32.9 million) this last weekend of 2012 as it just beat Django Unchained ($30.7 million) and Les Miserables ($28 million), all of which are doing better than expectations.

In other news, Skyfall cracked the $1 billion club this week and is now the third movie in 2012 to do so (The Avengers - $1.512 billion and The Dark Knight Rises - $1.081 billion).

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Hobbit
2) Django Unchained
3) Les Miserables
4) Parental Guidance
5) Jack Reacher
6) This Is 40
7) Lincoln
8) The Guilt Trip
9) Monsters, Inc. 3D
10) Rise of the Guardians
$32.9 million
$30.7 million
$28 million
$14.8 million
$14 million
$13.2 million
$7.5 million
$6.7 million
$6.4 million
$4.9 million
$222.7 million
$64 million
$67.5 million
$29.6 million
$44.6 million
$37.1 million
$132 million
$21.1 million
$18.5 million
$90 million
$180 million (est)
$100 million
$61 million
$25 million
$60 million
$35 million
$65 million
$40 million
n/a
$145 million

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Les Miserables vs Django Unchained vs Parental Guidance vs The Hobbit

A few new movies opened Christmas Day and is providing stiff competition to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

Les Miserables
Hit Factor: Reviews have been very positive.  Families may opt to see this since it's a musical.
Flop Factor: It's over 2 and a half hours long.  Not exactly happy family material, hence the name.



Django Unchained
Hit Factor: Very good reviews.  Tarantino fans rejoice.
Flop Factor: Another movie over 2 and a half hours. Plus, some people may not see it because of it's subject matter.



Parental Guidance
Hit Factor: The only new family comedy this week.
Flop Factor: This is getting the worst reviews of all the comedies out right now.



My Predictions:

Movie
Les Miserables
Django Unchained
The Hobbit
Jack Reacher
Parental Guidance
Weekend Gross (millions)
$30
$29
$28
$15
$10




Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Hobbit Easily Fends off Newcomers

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit easily defended it's throne this weekend as a bunch of newcomers underperformed. Even The Hobbit dropped a little more than expected (57% to $36.7 million). 

This weekend's top newcomer was the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher, which made a mild $15.6 million for second place.  Though, since it's the Holidays, expect it to recoup some money throughout the next couple of weeks.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Hobbit
2) Jack Reacher
3) This Is 40
4) Rise of the Guardians
5) Lincoln
6) The Guilt Trip
7) Monster's, Inc 3D
8) Skyfall
9) Life of Pi
10) Breaking Dawn Part 2
$36.7 million
$15.6 million
$12 million
$5.9 million
$5.6 million
$5.4 million
$5 million
$4.7 million
$3.8 million
$2.6 million
$149.9 million
$15.6 million
$12 million
$79.7 million
$116.8 million
$7.4 million
$6.5 million
$278 million
$76.2 million
$281 million
$180 million (est)
$60 million
$35 million
$145 million
$65 million
$40 million
n/a
$200 million
$120 million
$120 million

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jack Reacher vs This is 40 vs Guilt Trip vs Monster's Inc 3D vs The Hobbit

A bunch of new movies hit theaters this weekend, looking to capitalize on the upcoming Holiday Season early.

Jack Reacher
Hit Factor: Looks like an enjoyable Tom Cruise flick.
Flop Factor: Still not sure if he fits that role.



This is 40
Hit Factor: It looks funny.
Flop Factor: Judd Apatow movies, while good, most people just wait for the video release these days.



The Guilt Trip
Hit Factor: If you have to take your mom to the movies...
Flop Factor: The trailer seems very safe and bland, even for a movie starring Seth Rogen.



Monsters, Inc. 3D
Hit Factor: This movie is great.
Flop Factor: Do we really need more old movies converted to 3D just for the sake of it?



My Predictions:

Movie
The Hobbit
Jack Reacher
Monsters, Inc. 3D
This is 40
The Guilt Trip
Weekend Gross (millions)
$45
$20
$15
$14
$8




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mini Review: Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Pros: Visual Effects, especially the animals, mostly the Tiger.  Beautiful looking film.
Cons: Runs a little slow in the beginning.
Conclusion: Despite the slow setup, the rest of the film is dazzling.
B

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Hobbit Takes in a Record December Weekend

Peter Jackson's latest, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took in $84.8 million, beating out I Am Legend's $77.2 million from 2007, to become the highest debut for a December movie.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Hobbit
2) Rise of the Guardians
3) Lincoln
4) Skyfall
5) Life of Pi
6) Breaking Dawn Part 2
7) Wreck-It Ralph
8) Playing For Keeps
9) Red Dawn
10) Silver Linings Playbook
$84.8 million
$7.4 million
$7.2 million
$7 million
$5.4 million
$5.2 million
$3.3 million
$3.2 million
$2.4 million
$2.1 million
$84.8million
$71.4 million
$107.9 million
$272.4 million
$69.6 million
$276.9 million
$168.8 million
$10.8 million
$40.9 million
$17 million
$180 million (est)
$145 million
$65 million
$200 million
$120 million
$120 million
$165 million
$35 million
$65 million
$21 million

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Hobbit to Destroy The Box Office

Only one new movie hits theaters in wide release this weekend. Expecting to take a successful journey.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Hit Factor: Let's see, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy has made almost $3 billion total worldwide.
Flop Factor: The Hobbit's early reviews are good, but aren't nearly as good as any of the Lord of the Rings movies.  Also, people are love/hating the 48 frames per second thing.



My Predictions:

Movie
The Hobbit
Skyfall
Rise of the Guardians
Lincoln
Life of Pi
Weekend Gross (millions)
$85
$7
$7
$6
$6




Sunday, December 9, 2012

Skyfall Back On Top the Box Office

The latest installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, managed to crawl back to the top spot on it's Fifth weekend of release ($11 million).  Yes, it's a slow weekend, but a lot of movies have come out since then.  Skyfall has also made $918 million total worldwide, which is also now Sony's highest grossing film of all time, beating Spiderman 3's ($890 million).

Rise of the Guardians is holding up well after a soft opening weekend a couple of weekends ago...  claiming second place this time ($10.5 million).  While The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 slips to third ($9.2 million).

And yes, Playing for Keeps is flopping. With a $6 million opening, it might be tough to recoup it's reported $35 million budget.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Skyfall
2) Rise of the Guardians
3) Breaking Dawn Part 2
4) Lincoln
5) Life of Pi
6) Playing for Keeps
7) Wreck-It Ralph
8) Red Dawn
9) Flight
10) Killing Them Softly
$11 million
$10.5 million
$9.2 million
$9.1 million
$8.3 million
$6 million
$4.9 million
$4.3 million
$3.1 million
$2.7 million
$261.6 million
$61.9 million
$268.7 million
$97.3 million
$60.9 million
$6 million
$164.4 million
$37.3 million
$86.2 million
$11.8 million
$200 million
$145 million
$120 million
$65 million
$120 million
$35 million
$165 million
$65 million
$31 million
$15 million

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Playing For Keeps vs Breaking Dawn 2 vs Skyfall

One new movie enters theaters this calm-before-the-storm weekend, vying to beat The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall from repeating the one and two spot again.

Playing For Keeps
Hit Factor: It has to compete with movies that came out a few weekends ago because last week's newcomer is pretty much absent at the box office.
Flop Factor: Too bad this film looks pretty weak, despite having very slim competition. People will opt for the Oscar buzzing films, instead.



My Predictions:

Movie
Breaking Dawn Part 2
Skyfall
Playing For Keeps
Lincoln
Rise of the Guardians
Weekend Gross (millions)
$10
$10
$8
$8
$8




Sunday, December 2, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall Remain On Top Again

So, it was pretty much a repeat of last weekend, with lower box office numbers, as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall, Lincoln, Rise of the Guardians, Life of Pi, and Wreck-It Ralph all remained in the exact same positions as last weekend.

The Brad Pitt dark comedy, Killing Them Softly, had, well, a soft opening.  It debuted in 7th place for $7 million total.

Worldwide, Breaking Dawn Part 2 has grossed, $702.4 million.  While, Skyfall has grossed about $869 million.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Breaking Dawn Part 2
2) Skyfall
3) Lincoln
4) Rise of the Guardians
5) Life of Pi
6) Wreck-It Ralph
7) Killing Them Softly
8) Red Dawn
9) Flight
10) The Collection
$17.4 million
$17 million
$13.5 million
$13.5 million
$12 million
$7 million
$7 million
$6.6 million
$4.6 million
$3.4 million
$254.6 million
$246 million
$83.7 million
$48.9 million
$48.4 million
$158.3 million
$7 million
$31.3 million
$81.5 million
$3.4 million
$120 million
$200 million
$65 million
$145 million
$120 million
$165 million
$15 million
$65 million
$31 million
$10 million