BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: How Much Money Will ‘Iron Man 2’ Make This Weekend?

The most anticipated film of the summer opens this weekend but will it be able to beat the $98 million opening weekend of its predecessor?
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$130 millionIron Man 2
426 reviews
274 reviews
$6.5 millionHow to Train Your Dragon
226 reviews
199 reviews
$5 millionThe Back-Up Plan
107 reviews
142 reviews
$4.6 millionDate Night
147 reviews
220 reviews
$3.8 millionClash of the Titans
289 reviews
238 reviews
$3 millionThe Losers
157 reviews
162 reviews
$2.9 millionBabies
12 reviews
108 reviews
$2.5 millionFurry Vengeance
28 reviews
93 reviews

Iron Man 2 This weekend officially kicks off the summer movie season with the highly anticipated sequel, Iron Man 2. Actor Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire super-hero Tony Stark, along with his faithful assistant Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow. This time they are joined by new cast members Don Cheadle, who replaces Terrence Howard from the first film, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell as the film's villains and Scarlett Johansson as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Black Widow. Once again, the film is directed by Jon Favreau and actor Samuel L. Jackson also returns as S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury. The original Iron Man, grossed $98 million in it's opening weekend in 2008 and went on to earn over $300 million world wide. It's a foregone conclusion that Iron Man 2 will be atop the box office charts this weekend but the big question that remains is just how much money will it earn?

Early predictions have the film coming in at around $130 million over the weekend, which would place it as the third best opening weekend of all time right behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3, respectively. The film currently has eighty-four fans on our site and has an average rating of 4.5. The trailer for the film has received 136,000 views as well. Currently, sixty-eight people have rated the film on our site and forty of them have given the film five stars. While early reviews say the film is good, they don't say that it is great and most claim that it's not as good as the original. Some early fan complaints include that the film tries too hard to squeeze in too much in too little time. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the movie. "I watched it last night and I was so disappointed! The villains were rubbish. Not enough Iron Man action and Don Cheadle looked laughable in the War Machine outfit, the whole film just lacked something BIG! On a good note the end fight scene is pretty good, but didn't last long enough at all." However not all of our readers have been as disappointed with the film. "The movie was good, a ten out of ten. They could have had a little bit more in the movie but I still really liked it. The first one was good and the second one rocks! I can't want for the third one." The film opened a week earlier overseas and has already earned $132 million in its first week. That total combined with the estimated domestic gross anticipated for this weekend will put the film well beyond it's estimated $200 million production cost, which should make Paramount and Marvel Studio executives very happy and ensure an Iron Man 3 for fans.

Elm Street Predicted to fall one space from last week to number two is director Samuel Bayer's re-imagining of the classic 1984 horror film A Nightmare On Elm Street. Oscar Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley takes over the iconic role from the character's originator Robert Englund and is joined by actress Rooney Mara (Dare) as Nancy Thompson, and actors Kyle Gallner (The Haunting In Connecticut and Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). The film earned the number one spot last week but only brought in $32.2 million instead of the $35.6 that was predicted. The film was released in 3,332 theaters and earned $9,665 on each, which was more than enough to earn back the film's purported $27 million production cost. The film is predicted to bring in another $10 million this weekend at the box office. The movie currently has forty-one fans on our site. Last week the film was given a 4.0 rating by our readers but that has fallen to 3.8 now. Out of the sixty-six people who have rated the movie on our site, forty-five of them have given it four stars or more and the trailer has gained almost 2,000 views in the last week.

Falling one space from last week and predicted to come in third is the DreamWorks animated film that just won't quit, How to Train Your Dragon. The film, which stars Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig, as of last weekend had already earned $192 million in just six weeks on the charts, surpassing it's $165 million production cost. The film premiered at number one during its debut week but then dropped down to the lower part of the top five, where it stayed until two weeks ago when it bounced back to duke it out with Kick-Ass for the number one spot. While it ultimately came in second that weekend in a photo finish, it finally retained the top spot two weeks ago out of nowhere in it's fifth week on the charts. Lat week the film fell one spot to number two and now falls another spot to the number three position on the charts. While the film dropped 29.5% and was seen on 239 less films than the week before, it still managed to earn $3,160 on each of its 3,426 screens last week. The film is estimated to earn another $6.5 million this weekend. It currently has thirty-one fans on our site and an average rating of 4.7. Forty-seven people have rated the film and thirty-one of them gave it five stars, while the trailer has gotten almost a thousand new views this week.

The Back-Up Plan Predicted to come in forth again this weekend is superstar Jennifer Lopez's comedy The Back-Up Plan. The film, which also stars Alex O'Loughlin is predicted to earn another $5 million this weekend. The film dropped 40.7% last weekend and earned $2,207 on each of its 3,280 screens for a weekend total of $7.2 million. As of last week, the film had grossed around $22.9 million in just two weeks but even with another $5 million this week, it will still be short of it's $35 million production cost. While the film only has eleven fans on our site it is receiving an average rating of 3.3 and the trailer has received over 4,000 views. Eleven people on our site have rated the movie and seven of them have given the film four stars or more. Rounding out the top five and predicted to fall two spots from last week is the Steve Carell & Tina Fey comedy Date Night, which is predicted to earn another $4.6 million. Last week, the film dropped 27.4% from the previous week and was seen on 201 less screens, earning $2,457 in each of the 3,093 theaters it was shown in. As of now, the movie has earned $73.6 million in just four weeks, surpassing its $55 million production cost. The film currently has only thirteen fans on our site but has received an average rating of 4.0 and has had over 7,000 views of it's trailer. Over twenty-five people on our site have rated the film and seventeen of them have given in it four stars or more.

The rest of the top ten films at the box office this weekend are predicted to look like this. The 3D remake of the classic '80s Greek-mythology film Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes is set to move up one spot from last week and take the number six position, earning an estimated $3.8 million. As of last weekend, the film's total domestic gross was around $155 million, already surpassing its $125 million purported production cost. Coming in at number seven this week and predicted to fall one spot from last week is the adaptation of the extremely popular DC Comics/Vertigo graphic novel, The Losers starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short and Jason Patric. As of last week, the film has only earned around $19 million domestically, which unfortunately is short of its $25 million purported production cost. The film is predicted to earn another $3 million this weekend, which will bring it a little closer to breaking even. Predicted to enter the box office charts this week at number eight is the documentary Babies, which is estimated to earn around $2.9 million in it's opening weekend. The film currently has four fans on our site, is tracking an average rating of 2.4 and has had over 7,000 views of its trailer.

Coming in at ninth place and predicted to fall four spots back from last week is the children's animal comedy Furry Vengeance starring Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields. The film managed to earn only $6.5 million last week in its debut and was seen on 2,997 screens, earning about $2,169 in each theater. The film is predicted to earn an additional $2.5 million this weekend. Finally, predicted to round off the top ten this week is Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's extremely popular comic book series, Kick-Ass. The film, which stars Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz is predicted to drop two spots from last week and earn another $2 million. As of last week the movie had earned a domestic gross of around $43 million in just under three weeks, which is a nice profit based on the film's $30 million purported production cost. 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!

Iron Man 2 was released May 7th, 2010.

A Nightmare on Elm Street was released April 30th, 2010.

Sources: Jami Philbrick

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