BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Will Audiences Take a Trip to ‘The Town’ This Weekend?

Or will Emma Stone's lose of virginity in ‘Easy A’ be the cherry on top of the charts Monday morning?
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PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1
$21.9 millionThe Town
96%
Users
174 reviews
93%
Tomatoes
211 reviews
2
$19.5 millionEasy A
83%
Users
126 reviews
85%
Tomatoes
178 reviews
3
$15.2 millionDevil
76%
Users
107 reviews
52%
Tomatoes
94 reviews
4
$12.7 millionResident Evil: Afterlife
77%
Users
188 reviews
23%
Tomatoes
96 reviews
5
$6.1 millionTakers
70%
Users
52 reviews
28%
Tomatoes
109 reviews
6
$5.9 millionAlpha and Omega
59%
Users
29 reviews
16%
Tomatoes
57 reviews
7
$3.3 millionThe American
59%
Users
56 reviews
66%
Tomatoes
210 reviews
8
$2.5 millionMachete
75%
Users
123 reviews
72%
Tomatoes
178 reviews
9
$2.4 millionGoing the Distance
81%
Users
56 reviews
53%
Tomatoes
159 reviews

There were no real surprises at the box office last weekend as the only major new release, the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife dominated with $27.7 million. It will have a hard time repeating that success this weekend, despite some of the best reviews in the franchise's history, with four new films including director Ben Affleck's second effort The Town and the much-talked-about high school film Easy a entering the competition.

Predicted to debut at number one is the new film from actor turned director Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), which is already earning Oscar buzz, called The Town. The bank robbery film that takes place in Boston stars a stellar cast of actors which in addition to Affleck himself includes Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Rebecca Hall (Please Give) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation). Currently, the movie has an average rating of a 4.3 on our site. Out of the eight people who have rated the film, only four of them have given it five stars while the trailer for the movie has had over 7,000 views. Here is what our Official Reviewer had to say about the new movie: "The Town is a thrilling action movie, but deeply personal and moving as well. Ben Affleck takes a giant leap forward as an artist with this film."

Predicted to debut at number two this week is the Scarlet Letter themed high school comedy Easy A starring Emma Stone (Zombieland, Superbad). The film's talented cast also includes Oscar nominees Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) as well as Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Penn Badgley ((Gossip Girl), Amanda Bynes (Hairspray) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange). Currently, the movie has an average rating of a 3.6 on our site. Out of the seven people who have rated the film only two of them have given it five stars while the trailer for the movie has had over 7,000 views. Here is what our Official Reviewer had to say about the new movie: "Smart, slick and sexy, this is one of the best high school comedies in years. Paying homage to the classic films of the '80s it's clever, original and hilarious. Emma Stone gives a career making performance. This movie is her Pretty Woman!"

Debuting at number three this week is a new supernatural thriller based on a story written by the film's producer, director M. Night Shyamalan, called Devil. The film stars Chris Messina (Greenberg), Geoffrey Arend ((500) Days of Summer), Caroline Dhavernas (The Switch), Jacob Vargas (Death Race), Bokeem Woodbine (Ray) and Matt Craven (The Clearing). Currently, the movie has an average rating of a 4.6 on our site. Out of the eighteen people who have rated the film fourteen of them have given it five stars while the trailer for the movie has had over 24,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new movie: "This looks like a good movie. I got to go see this!"

Falling three places back from its debut last week is fourth chapter of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, based on the popular video game. Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) returns in the lead role and is accompanied by a talented cast of actors, which includes Ali Larter (Heroes), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Boris Kodjoe (Surrogates) and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy). Last weekend the movie made $8,648 on each of its 3,203 screens for a decent opening total of $27.7 million, which is almost half of its initial $60 million production budget. It is expected to earn an additional $12.7 million at the box office this weekend.

Rounding off the top five and falling three places from last week is the hip-hop heist film Takers. The movie boasts an all-star cast, which includes Paul Walker (Fast & Furious), Idris Elba(The Losers), Matt Dillon (Armored), Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Michael Ealy (Miracle at St. Anna), Jay Hernandez (Quarantine), Chris Brown (Stomp the Yard), T.I. (American Gangster), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar). While the movie dropped almost 43.9% last week from the previous week and was seen in 15 less theaters, it still earned roughly $2,784 on each of its 2,191 screens for a weekend total of $6.1 million. Now in just four weeks the movie has made over $48 million earning back its entire $32 million production cost and then some. It is expected to earn an additional $6.1 million at the box office this weekend.

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

Predicted to debut at number six this week is the new 3-D computer animated film Alpha and Omega. The movie stars a talented cast of voice actors including Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Christina Ricci (Speed Racer), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon 2), Larry Miller (Pretty Woman) and screen legend, the late Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider). Currently the movie has an average rating of a 4.1 on our site. Out of the five people who have rated the film only three of them have given it five stars while the trailer for the movie has had over 7,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new movie: "Can't wait for this!"

Predicted to fall four places back from last week to number seven is the international espionage thriller starring Oscar winner George Clooney (Syriana), entitled The American. While the movie dropped almost 55.3% last week from the previous week, it was actually added in ten theaters and earned roughly $2,081 on each of its 2,833 screens for a weekend total of $5.8 million. Now in just three weeks the movie has made over $26 million earning back its entire $20 million production budget. It is expected to earn an additional $3.3 million at the box office this weekend.

Predicted to fall a drastic five places from last week to number eight is the long-awaited motion picture from visionary director Robert Rodriguez called Machete, which is based on the short film that was featured in his and Quentin Tarantino's movie Grindhouse. The film stars Danny Trejo (Heat) in the title role and also features a colorful cast of accomplished actors including Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar), Jeff Fahey (Lost), Cheech Marin (The Perfect Game), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Steven Seagal (Half Past Dead), Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) and Oscar winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull). While the movie dropped an astonishing 63.2% last week from the previous week, it was actually added in eight theaters and earned roughly $1,568 on each of its 2,678 screens for a weekend total of $4.2 million. Now in almost three weeks the movie has made about $20.8 million earning back its entire $20 million production budget. It is expected to earn an additional $2.5 million at the box office this weekend.

Predicted to slip back four places to from last week to number nine is the romantic comedy about long distance relationships called Going the Distance. The movie boasts an all-star cast of comedic actors including Drew Barrymore (The Wedding Singer), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Christina Applegate (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), Ron Livingston (Office Space), Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Rob Riggle (The Hangover) and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live). While the movie dropped almost 44.3% last week from the previous week, it earned roughly $1,266 on each of its 3,030 screens for a weekend total of $3.8 million. Now in almost three weeks of release the movie has only made around $14 million, which is not even close to earning back its $32 million production budget. It is expected to earn an additional $2.4 million at the box office this weekend.

Finally, predicted to drop four places from last week to number ten is the buddy-cop action/comedy The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton and Eva Mendes. While the movie dropped 36.7% last week from the previous week, it was shown on 361 less screens for a total of 2,246 and earned almost $1,491 on each for a weekend tally of $3.3 million. Now in just over a month and a half the movie has done extremely well grossing over $112.4 million and earning back its entire $100 million production budget. The film is predicted to earn an additional $2.2 million this weekend at the box office. 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!

The Town was released September 17th, 2010.

Easy A was released September 17th, 2010.

Sources: Jami Philbrick

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