BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Can Hall Pass Make the Grade This Weekend?

Or will Nicolas Cage's Drive Angry be able to zoom its way to the top of the box office charts?
BYJami Philbrick | February 25th, 2011

PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1Hall Pass$17.1 million
2Gnomeo and Juliet$14.8 million
3Unknown$13.8 million
4Drive Angry$12.9 million
5Just Go with It$9.5 million
6I Am Number Four$9.2 million
7Big Momma's House$7.4 million
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$6.7 million
9The King's Speech$6.1 million
10The Roommate

Last week the Liam Neeson action-thriller Unknown surprised everyone by debuting at number one with $21.7 million. The film beat out fellow newcomers I Am Number Four and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, as well as former number one Just Go with It to take the top spot at the box office. But with two new films premiering this weekend including the new Owen Wilson comedy Hall Pass, and the 3D action film Drive Angry starring Nicolas Cage, it's likely that we will be crowning a new box office king before the weekend is over.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new comedy from There's Something About Mary directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly called Hall Pass. The film stars Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums), and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live), as well as Jenna Fischer (The Office), Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?), Christina Applegate (Going the Distance), and Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). Currently the movie has an average rating of a 4.3 on our site. Out of the five people who have rated the film, only two of them have given it five stars and the trailer has had over 6,000 views. Here is what our official reviewer had to say about the movie, "Hall Pass is hilarious, a return to form for the Farrelly Brothers." The movie is predicted to earn about $17.1 million in its opening weekend.

Predicted to move up one spot from last week to number two is the new CGI animated film Gnomeo and Juliet. The film is based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and features the music of Grammy Award winner Elton John. The film also features the voice talents of James McAvoy (Wanted), Emily Blunt (Charlie Wilson's War), Jason Statham (The Expendables), and two-time Academy Award winners Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), and Maggie Smith (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). While the movie fell 23.5% last week from the week before, it earned $6,437 on each of its 3,014 screens for a weekend total of about $19.4 million. In two weeks of release, the film has now made around $50.4 million and is predicted to earn an additional $14.8 million this weekend.

Predicted to drop two places from its debut last week to number three is the new action thriller Unknown. The film stars Liam Neeson (The A-Team), as well as January Jones (Mad Men), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Aidan Quinn (Jonah Hex), and Frank Langella (Superman Returns). Last week the film made $7,154 on each of its 3,043 screens for an opening weekend total of $21.7 million. That was a pretty good debut for the movie considering that it only cost around $30 million to make. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $13.8 million this weekend.

Predicted to debut at number four this week is the new 3D action film Drive Angry. The movie stars Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (Gone in Sixty Seconds), as well as Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Billy Burke (Twilight), Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue), David Morse (16 Blocks), and William Fichtner (Prison Break). Currently the movie has an average rating of a 4.2 on our site. Out of the ten people who have rated the film, five of them have given it five stars and the trailer has had over 7,000 views. Here is what our official reviewer had to say about the movie, "What would otherwise just be another ordinary revenge flick is elevated by the film's excellent 3D effects and supernatural storyline. Nicolas Cage gives a strong performance but it is character actors William Fichtner and Billy Burke that steal every scene they are in." The movie is predicted to earn about $12.9 million in its opening weekend.

Predicted to round off the top five this week and only fall one space back from last week is the new Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore) comedy Just Go with It, co-starring Jennifer Aniston (Love Happens). The incredible cast also includes Brooklyn Decker (Battleship), Minka Kelly (The Roommate), Dave Matthews (You Don't Mess with the Zohan), Nick Swardson (Bedtime Stories), Rachel Dratch (Spring Breakdown), Kevin Nealon (Get Smart), and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours). While the movie fell 40.4% last week from the week before, it earned $5,130 on each of its 3,548 screens for a weekend total of about $18.2 million. In two weeks of release, the film has now made around $60.7 million, which is close to earning back its entire $80 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn only an additional $9.5 million this weekend.

The rest of the top ten films at the box office this weekend are predicted to look like this:

Predicted to fall four places from its debut last week to number six this week is the new film from Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso, I Am Number Four. The movie stars an excellent cast of young actors including Alex Pettyfer (Beastly), Dianna Agron (Glee), Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), Callan McAuliffe (Flipped) and Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies). Last week the film made $6,183 on each of its 3,154 screens for an opening weekend total of $19.5 million. The film will need to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it has any hope of recouping its entire $60 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn only an additional $9.2 million this weekend.

Predicted to slip two places from its debut last week to number seven is the new comedy Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, the third chapter in the Big Momma's House series. The movie features returning star Martin Lawrence (Death at a Funeral), as well as Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt), and Faizon Love (The Replacements). Last week the film made $6,026 on each of its 2,821 screens for an opening weekend total of $17 million. But the film will need to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it hopes of to earn back its entire $32 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn only an additional $7.4 million this weekend.

Predicted to fall two places from last week to number eight is the new documentary/concert film from teen-musical sensation Justin Bieber. The film is called Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and will give fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the pop phenomenon's impressive career. While the film dropped 54.9% last week from the previous week, it was seen on 3,118 screens and earned $4,268 on each for a weekend total of $13.3 million. In over two weeks of release, the film has now earned a total of $48.1 million at the box office, which is over three times its initial $13 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $6.7 million this weekend.

Predicted to drop two spaces back from last week to number nine is Oscar frontrunner, The King's Speech. The film stars Colin Firth (Bridget Jones's Diary), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Guy Pearce (Memento), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl), and Michael Gambon (Layer Cake). While the film dropped 9.7% last week from the previous week, it was seen on 2,086 screens and earned $3,130 on each for a weekend total of $6.5 million. In over two months of release, the film has now earned a total of $103.2 million at the box office, which is over six times its initial $15 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $6.1 million this weekend.

Finally, predicted to slip two spots back from last week to number ten is the new thriller The Roommate. The film stars an excellent cast of young actors and seasoned veterans including, Leighton Meester (Country Strong), Minka Kelly ((500) Days of Summer), Cam Gigandet (Burlesque), and Alyson Michalka (Easy A), with Billy Zane (The Phantom), and Frances Fisher (Titanic). While the movie fell 51.9% last week from the previous week, it earned $1,810 on each of its 2,160 screens for a weekend total of about $3.9 million. In three weeks of release, the film has made $32 million, which earns back its entire $16 million production budget and then some. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $2.3 million this weekend. Be sure to check out Box Office Beat Down this Sunday to see who is crowned the King of the box office this week and check back here next week for more box office predictions!

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