BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Will Fast Five Zoom to $75 Million?

The blockbuster summer season is here as Fast Five shifts into the fast lane and onto theater screens.
BYDavid Ozanich | April 29th, 2011

PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1Fast Five$75 million
2Rio$18.5 million
3Madea's Big Happy Family$10.7 million
4Water for Elephants$10 million
5Prom9.4 million
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil$8.1 million
7Hop$7.5 million
8Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$4.5 million
9Soul Surfer$4.3 million
10Insidious

I don't know about you, but I'm a little bleary-eyed after getting up at 5:30 AM to watch the royal nuptials. Thusly, I'm not going to any movies tonight, but the rest of America probably isn't feeling quite so tired. So let's see what the Box Office Crystal Ball forecasts for our dear sweet film industry (America's royalty?) this weekend.

People are buzzing that today's take for Fast Five, the 4th sequel to The Fast and the Furious, could reach $30 million or so. WOW. I guess moviegoers are starved for some summer movie action after a few long weeks of animated movies dominating the top spot. If that information tracks, it looks like the film is poised to make at least $75 million over the weekend. Impressive because this is bigger than all the previous entries in the franchise. Get ready for a blockbuster season.

Previous box office champ Rio (with two weeks in the #1 position) should finally fall, but expect it to stay strong and hold onto the number two spot. It looks like the other kiddie films Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil, Hop, Prom, and African Cats won't have the mojo to outfly the birds.

The other three new entries of note this week are not looking so strong. Prom is going to be the interesting one to watch because who, besides tweens, is going to see this? It's supposed to be a bit more mature than the High School Musical series it is clearly emulating, but I'm not sure who exactly is dying to see this. The predictions I've seen say it should make over $9 million. Will it? Disney's new production head sure hopes so as this is the first film to reach theaters that he has personally greenlit since assuming his post. The studio's African Cats might fall out of the top ten completely.

The same goes for Scream 4 apparently. The numbers I'm seeing indicate its genre-brother Insidious has better staying power. I'm surprised by that.

Meanwhile there is something called Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (which sounds rather unappealing) and it should bring up the rear of the new releases with just under $5 million.

Like I said earlier, I'm zonked from the royal wedding so I'm staying home. If you are heading to the movies this weekend, what will you be seeing?

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