Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monsters University Fends off The Heat and White House Down

Monsters University held on strong to first place this weekend at the box office ($46.2 million).  The Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat, debuted in a strong second place with about $40 million.

It was not all cheers as the heavily marketed White House Down, could only muster up $25.7 million for a fourth place finish, which is less than the $30.8 million that the Gerard Butler presidential-actioner Olympus Has Fallen made earlier this year. And yes, that's also less than what After Earth did a few weeks ago ($27.5 million). And... White House Down reportedly cost a $20 million more ($150 million) to make.  The upside, if there is any, is that White House Down does have better reviews than After Earth.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Monsters University
2) The Heat
3) World War Z
4) White House Down
5) Man of Steel
6) This is the End
7) Now You See Me
8) Fast & Furious 6
9) Star Trek Into Darkness
10) The Internship
$46.2 million
$40 million
$29.8 million
$25.7 million
$20.8 million
$8.7 million
$5.5 million
$2.4 million
$2 million
$1.4 million
$171 million
$40 million
$123.7 million
$25.7 million
$248.7 million
$74.7 million
$104.7 million
$233.3 million
$220.5 million
$41.7 million
n/a
$43 million
$190 million
$150 million
$225 million
$32 million
$75 million
$160 million
$190 million
$58 million



Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Heat vs White House Down

A couple new movies hit theaters this weekend before the 4th of July.

The Heat
Hit Factor: From the director of Bridesmaids, and Melissa McCarthy is hot right now.
Flop Factor: I didn't laugh at the trailer. Chuckled, maybe.


White House Down
Hit Factor: An action movie... that Gerard Butler movie that came out earlier this year did well.
Flop Factor: For a Roland Emmerich movie, there isn't a huge ridiculous VFX money shot (like 2012 or Independence Day)that pulls you into the trailer.




My Predictions:

Movie
Monsters University
The Heat
White House Down
World War Z
Man of Steel
Weekend Gross (millions)
$45
$35
$32
$32
$20




Sunday, June 23, 2013

Monsters University Debuts in First, World War Z, a Strong Second


Pixar's Monsters Inc. sequel, Monsters University, easily topped the box office this weekend ($82 million), making it the second biggest opening for Pixar (behind the $110 million debut of Toy Story 3).

The Brad Pitt troubled production of World War Z took in a strong $66 million for second place.  This bodes well, since many analysts were smelling a flop.  However, we shall see in the upcoming weeks, to weather this zombie infested thriller has the legs to recoup it's reported $190 million budget back. This is also Brad Pitt's biggest movie debut, beating Mr. & Mrs Smith's $50.3 million.

Man of Steel dropped almost 65% for a third place finish ($41.2 million).  Though it was expected to drop a large margin, many didn't predict one this large.

And... Iron Man 3 crossed the $400 million mark domestically.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Monsters University
2) World War Z
3) Man of Steel
4) This is the End
5) Now You See Me
6) Fast & Furious 6
7) The Internship
8) The Purge
9) Star Trek Into Darkness
10) Iron Man 3
$82 million
$66 million
$41.2 million
$13 million
$8.2 million
$4.7 million
$3.4 million
$3.4 million
$3 million
$2.2 million
$82 million
$66 million
$210 million
$57.8 million
$51.8 million
$228.4 million
$38.4 million
$59.4 million
$216.6 million
$403.1 million
n/a
$190 million
$225 million
$32 million
$3 million
$160 million
$58 million
$3 million
$190 million
$200 million



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Monsters University vs World War Z


A couple of new big budget movies try to disable Man of Steel from the top spot.

Monsters University 
Hit Factor: Monsters Inc. was awesome.
Flop Factor: Pixar's last two movies have many wondering if Pixar lost it's magic.



World War Z
Hit Factor: Looks like an entertaining action thriller.
Flop Factor: Way over-budget, and production was plagued with reshoots.




My Predictions:

Movie
Monsters University
World War Z
Man of Steel
This is the End
Now You See Me
Weekend Gross (millions)
$85
$50
$45
$13
$7




Sunday, June 16, 2013

Man of Steel Crushes the Box Office


The Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan re-imagining of the guy in the red cape, easily took the top of the box office this weekend ($113.1 million).  Man of Steel should give the rather dull June the spark it needs.  It has also grossed about $71.6 million overseas and has a worldwide total of $196.7 million.

This is the End grossed $20.5 million for a nice second place finish... (Though I thought it would do better especially with it's mostly positive reviews and big cast).  Whatever the case, This is the End already is on par with it's budget of $32 million since it opened Wednesday.

Last Week's number one, The Purge, dropped huge numbers (76%) for a 5th place finish... but it doesn't matter because it's budget is around $3 million.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Man of Steel
2) This is the End
3) Now You See Me
4) Fast & Furious 6
5) The Purge
6) The Internship
7) Epic
8) Star Trek Into Darkness
9) After Earth
10) Iron Man 3
$113.1 million
$20.5 million
$10.3 million
$9.4 million
$8.2 million
$7 million
$6 million
$5.7 million
$3.8 million
$2.9 million
$125.1 million
$32.8 million
$80 million
$219.6 million
$51.8 million
$31 million
$95.4 million
$210.5 million
$54.2 million
$399.6 million
$225 million
$32 million
$75 million
$160 million
$3 million
$58million
$100 million
$190million
$130 million
$200 million



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Man of Steel vs This Is The End

A super movie and a funny comedy hits theaters this weekend.

Man of Steel
Hit Factor: Well, lets' face it, Zack Snyder teaming up with Christopher Nolan
Flop Factor: Early reviews could be better.



This is the End
Hit Factor: Looks extremely funny.
Flop Factor: Comedy may not be everyone's flavor of laughs.




My Predictions:

Movie
Man of Steel
This is the End
The Purge
Fast and Furious 6
Now You See Me
Weekend Gross (millions)
$100
$35
$18
$13
$12





Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Purge Surprises Box Office Over The Internship

The Ethan Hawke Thriller, The Purge, easily dominated the box office this weekend ($36.4 million).  It is the second weekend in a row where the much smaller marketed movie (i.e. last weekend's Now You See Me vs a Will Smith Summer flick), beat the weekend's front runner.  June has become a rather unpredictable month so far.  Though, it's a pretty good bet that next weekend's Man of Steel will reign supreme (So, Im gonna root for This Is The End to pull off an upset).

Anyways, the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Wedding Crashers marketed vehicle, The Internship, slightly disappointed as it debuted in fourth place ($18.1 million).  Which, I am assuming many people are holding off for a crazier comedy like This Is The End to debut.

Star Trek Into Darkness passed the $200 million mark this weekend, and as well did Fast and Furious 6.  After Earth slipped about 60% from last weekends disappointing debut... and will probably become Will Smith's most underwhelming Summer blockbuster (Well, I don't think this will be considered a blockbuster).

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Purge
2) Fast and Furious 6
3) Now You See Me
4) The Internship
5) Epic
6) Star Trek Into Darkness
7) After Earth
8) The Hangover 3
9) Iron Man 3
10) The Great Gatsby
$36.4 million
$19.8 million
$19.5 million
$18.1 million
$12.1 million
$11.7 million
$11.2 million
$7.4 million
$5.8 million
$4.2 million
$36.4 million
$202.9 million
$61.4 million
$18.1 million
$84.2 million
$200.1 million
$46.6 million
$102.4 million
$394.3 million
$36.2 million
$3 million
$160 million
$75 million
$58 million
$100 million
$190 million
$130 million
$103 million
$200 million
$105 million

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Internship vs The Purge


Since After Earth fizzled, a couple of new movies that hit theaters this weekend vie for the top spot... Well, that is before a certain Superhero film comes out.

The Internship
Hit Factor: Looks like a similar laugh factor as Wedding Crashers.
Flop Factor: A funnier looking movie, This Is The End, comes out a few days later.



The Purge
Hit Factor: No real Horror/Thriller type film out.
Flop Factor: Not sure if the material is epic enough for the crowded Summer.



My Predictions:

Movie
The Internship
Fast and Furious 6
The Purge
Now You See Me
After Earth
Weekend Gross (millions)
$26
$19
$18
$17
$14







Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fast and Furious 6 Holds on to Second Weekend as After Earth Disappoints


In somewhat of a surprise move, Fast and Furious 6 easily took the top spot ($34.5 million) at the box office this weekend. Even with a big 65% drop from last weekend.  Will Smith's big budget Sci-Fi flick, After Earth, failed to deliver a solid audience as it made $27 million to debut in 3rd place... Yes, 3rd place for a Will Smith Summer movie... ouch!

Second place was taken by Now You See Me ($28.1 million), a movie that had much less hype and marketing than After Earth.  After Earth should have placed in the top spot, but the terrible reviews (12% tomatometer) most likely was the nail in the coffin for many movie goers (adding to the fact that most people regard director M. Night Shyamalan's career peaking a over decade ago).

Anyways, for Fast and Furious 6, it took in another $75 million overseas and now has a worldwide total of $480.6 million.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Fast and Furious 6
2) Now You See Me
3) After Earth
4) Star Trek Into Darkness
5) Epic
6) The Hangover 3
7) Iron Man 3
8) The Great Gatsby
9) Mud
10) The Croods
$34.5 million
$28.1 million
$27 million
$16.4 million
$16.4 million
$15.9 million
$8 million
$6.3 million
$1.2 million
$0.6 million
$170.4 million
$54.2 million
$27 million
$181.2 million
$65.2 million
$88.1 million
$384.8 million
$128.3 million
$16.9 million
$180.5 million
$160 million
$103 million
$130 million
$190 million
$100 million
$103 million
$200 million
$105 million
$10 million
$135 million