Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Wins Thanksgiving Weekend

The final installment in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 2, remained a top the box office for the second weekend in a roll with $51.6 million.  It's worldwide total now stands at $440.7 million.

Despite having one of Pixar's lowest openings, The Good Dinosaur earned a strong second place finish ($39.2 million).  Disney remains hopeful as the mostly positive reviews and upcoming Holiday season should keep this movie going strong through to next year.

The Rocky spinoff, Creed, managed a strong 3rd place finish ($30.1 million), probably due to a bit of  nostalgia and very good reviews.

In not so good news, Victor Frankenstein, wasn't alive at the box office as it's $2.4 million debut wasn't good enough to crack the top 10.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) HG: Mockingjay - Part 2 
2) The Good Dinosaur
3) Creed
4) Spectre
5) The Peanuts Movie
6) The Night Before
7) The Secret in their Eyes 
8) Spotlight
9) Brooklyn
10) The Martian 
$51.6 million
$39.2 million
$30.1 million
$12.8 million
$9.7 million
$8.2 million
$4.5 million
$4.5 million
$3.8 million
$3.3 million
$198.3 million
$55.6 million
$42.6 million
$176.1 million
$116.8 million
$24.1 million
$14 million
$12.3 million
$7.2 million
$218.6 million
$160 million
$175 million
$35 million
$245 million
$99 million
$25 million
$19.5 million
$20 million
$10 million
$108 million

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Good Dinosaur vs Creed vs Victor Frankenstein vs Mockingjay Part 2


Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 fend off a bunch of newcomers this Thanksgiving Day Weekend?

The Good Dinosaur
Hit Factor: Pixar track record
Flop Factor: May get overshadowed as people say, "Well, it's not as good as other Pixar films." even though it still is getting positive reviews.



Creed
Hit Factor: Very positive reviews (93% Tomatometer)
Flop Factor: Too much drama for the Holidays?



Victor Frankenstein
Hit Factor: Harry Potter and Professor X in the same movie
Flop Factor: Unfortunately odd for a big budget CGI fest to get so little marketing.




My Predictions:

Movie
The Good Dinosaur
HG: Mockingjay Part 2
Creed
Spectre
The Peanuts Movie 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$45
$44
$25
$10
$9






Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Final Hunger Games Takes $101 million Opening Weekend

The final installment of the Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 2 debut to $101 million, which was easy enough to claim the top spot at the box office.  However, it marks the lowest debut of the entire franchise (the first Hunger Games movie opened to $158.1 million back in 2013).  Mockingjay Part 2 has already grossed $247 million worldwide... a great feat, but also a bit short of Mockingjay Part 1's $274.9 million worldwide debut a year ago.

In other news, The Night Before and The Secret in their Eyes also debuted less than expected ($10 million and $6.6 million, respectively). And although Spectre is slipping in domestically, it's already grossed over $677.8 million worldwide.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) HG: Mockingjay - Part 2 
2) Spectre
3) The Peanuts Movie
4) The Night Before
5) Secret in their Eyes
6) Love the Coopers
7) The Martian
8) Spotlight
9) The 33
10) Bridge of Spies 
$101 million
$14.6 million
$12.8 million
$10 million
$6.6 million
$3.9 million
$3.7 million
$3.6 million
$2.2 million
$1.9 million
$101 million
$153.7 million
$98.9 million
$10 million
$6.6 million
$14.9 million
$213 million
$5.8 million
$9.9 million
$65.2 million
$160 million
$245 million
$99 million
$25 million
$19.5 million
$17 million
$108 million
$20 million
$26 million
$40 million

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Final Hunger Games Movie vs The Night Before vs Secret in Their Eyes

The Hunger Games aims to wrap up the franchise with a bang this pre-Thanksgiving Weekend.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Hit Factor: Have you heard of The Hunger Games?
Flop Factor: Mockingjay Part 1 wasn't really that good.



The Night Before
Hit Factor: Seth Rogen movies are usually funny.
Flop Factor: Usually funny, his last comedic outing was The Interview



The Secret in their Eyes
Hit Factor: Acting chops from Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman
Flop Factor: Material may be too dreary for the regular movie-goer




My Predictions:

Movie
HG: Mockingjay Part 2
Spectre
The Peanuts Movie
The Night Before
The Secret in their Eyes 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$120
$18
$16
$15
$10






Sunday, November 15, 2015

Spectre Easily Holds Onto the Top Spot

The latest James Bond flick, Spectre, easily fended off any newcomers as it held on to the top spot at the box office this weekend with $35.4 million.  Even though it's second weekend domestic total is behind what Skyfall ($130 million vs $160 million) did at the same point a few years ago, Spectre is already at $550 million worldwide.

The Peanuts Movie held on to a strong second ($24.2 million) while newcomers Love the Coopers ($8.4 million) and The 33 ($5.8 million) came in 3rd and 5th.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Spectre
2) The Peanuts Movie
3) Love the Coopers
4) The Martian
5) The 33
6) Goosebumps 
7) Bridge of Spies
8) Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
9) Hotel Transylvania 2
10) The Last Witch Hunter 
$35.4 million
$24.2 million
$8.4 million
$6.7 million
$5.8 million
$4.7 million
$4.3 million
$2.4 million
$2.4 million
$1.5 million
$130.7 million
$82.5 million
$8.4 million
$207.4 million
$5.8 million
$73.5 million
$61.7 million
$2.8 million
$165.2 million
$26.1 million
$245 million
$99 million
$17 million
$108 million
$26 million
$58 million
$40 million
$15 million
$80 million
$90 million

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Love the Coopers vs The 33 vs Spectre vs The Peanuts Movie

Spectre and The Peanuts Movie look to repeat box office on top as a couple of newcomers hit theaters this weekend.


Love the Coopers
Hit Factor: First ensemble Holiday Season movie this Holiday Season.
Flop Factor: This feels like the same type of family Holiday movie that comes out every year, just with different actors.



The 33
Hit Factor: An awards-noticeable, based-on-a-true-story drama.
Flop Factor: With early mediocre reviews (40% Tomatometer), it may be miss that awards buzz this movie needs.




My Predictions:

Movie
Spectre
The Peanuts Movie
Love the Coopers
The 33
The Martian
Weekend Gross (millions)
$35
$28
$8
$8
$7






Sunday, November 8, 2015

Spectre Easily Takes the Top at the Box Office

The latest installment in the James Bond franchise, Spectre, easily dominated the box office this weekend.  It raked in $73 million for first place, beating out a strong debut from The Peanuts Movie ($45 million) and also helping this weekend to become the biggest weekend since early July.

Despite taking the top spot, Spectre's debut is significantly behind Skyfall's $88.4 million.  This is probably due to it's less than stellar reviews compared to Skyfall (64% Tomatometer vs 93% Tomatometer). In fact, it is the lowest reviewed Bond film of the Daniel Craig era, just dipping below Quantum of Solace's 65% Tomatometer.  Perhaps the silver lining is that it has already grossed more than $300 million worldwide.

In other news, The Peanuts Movie had a solid debut with $45 million, which was aided by solid reviews (86% Tomatometer), zero competition, and the upcoming Holiday Season.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Spectre
2) The Peanuts Movie
3) The Martian
4) Goosebumps
5) Bridge of Spies
6) Hotel Transylvania 2  
7) Burnt 
8) The Last Witch Hunter
9) The Intern
10) PA: The Ghost Dimension
$73 million
$45 million
$9.3 million
$7 million
$6.1 million
$3.6 million
$3.0 million
$2.7 million
$1.8 million
$1.7 million
$73 million
$45 million
$197.1 million
$66.4 million
$55 million
$161.3 million
$10.2 million
$23.6 million
$71.4 million
$16.2 million
$250 million
$100 million
$108 million
$58 million
$40 million
$80 million
$20 million
$70 million
$35 million
$10 million

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Spectre vs The Peanuts Movie

Or James Bond vs Charlie Brown... and Snoopy... and Linus... and...

A couple of movies hit theaters this weekend November weekend.

Spectre
Hit Factor: The last James Bond film made over $1.1 billion.
Flop Factor: Early reviews, while good (65% Tomatomer) fall way short of Skyfall (93% Tomatometer).



The Peanuts Movie
Hit Factor: Counter audience to Bond. Has that Thanksgiving vibe.
Flop Factor: Do kids want to watch films that aren't Pixar or Dreamworks or Minions related?



My Predictions:

Movie
Spectre
The Peanuts Movie
The Martian
Goosebumps
Bridge of Spies 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$85
$40
$8
$6
$6






Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Martian Easily tops Lowest Box Office Weekend of the Year

With a recent string of high profile movies under-performing (The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Protocol, Crimson Peak, Steve Jobs, Pan), this weekend proved no differently as Burnt ($5 million) and Our Brand Is Crisis ($3.4 million) debuted.  Both movies which rely on word of mouth to do well were obviously, burnt, by bad reviews (29% and 32% Tomatometers).

What's interesting to note is there was no breakout Horror film this fall, an attempt Crimson Peak and Paranormal Activity failed to deliver... Even last year's already forgotten Horror flick, Ouija managed to scare up $20 million on it's opening.

In the mean time, this made it easy for The Martian to stay on top of the box office with only $11.4 million. Next weekend should get a significant boost in the box office as Daniel Craig returns as the legendary spy in Spectre.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Martian
2) Goosebumps
3) Bridge of Spies
4) Hotel Transylvania 2
5) Burnt
6) The Last Witch Hunter  
7) PA: The Ghost Dimension 
8) Our Brand Is Crisis
9) Crimson Peak
10) Steve Jobs
$11.4 million
$10.2 million
$8.1 million
$5.8 million
$5 million
$4.8 million
$3.5 million
$3.4 million
$3.1 million
$2.6 million
$182.8 million
$57.1 million
$45.2 million
$156 million
$5 million
$18.6 million
$13.6 million
$3.4 million
$27.7 million
$14.5 million
$108 million
$58 million
$40 million
$80 million
$20 million
$75 million
$10 million
$28 million
$55 million
$30 million