PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Two new films, The Green Hornet and The Dilemma, entered the box office race last week and shot right to the top of the charts. But with the new romantic comedy No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, opening this weekend, their reign over the box office could be short lived.
Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new romantic comedy from director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) called No Strings Attached. The film features an all-star cast that includes Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Ashton Kutcher (Killers), Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas), Cary Elwes (Saw 3D) and Oscar winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda). Currently the movie has an average rating of a 4.1 on our site. Out of the four people who have rated the film, two of them have given it five stars and the trailer has had over 25,000 views. Here is what our official reviewer had to say about the movie, "No Strings Attached wastes an intriguing premise and two stars whose chemistry feels real with a reliance on formulaic romantic comedy conventions, bizarrely sudden jolts to the overall tone (in the form of randomly crude jokes and a surprisingly realistic sex scene, which isn't as good of a thing as it sounds) and the total absence of "will they or won't they?" tension." The movie is predicted to earn about $21.5 million in its opening week.
Predicted to fall back one place from last week to number two is the new film from director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), The Green Hornet, which is based on the classic super-hero TV series from the '60s. The movie stars Seth Rogen (Superbad), Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz (In Her Shoes), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), Edward James Olmos (I'm Still Here) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds). Last week, the film made $9,487 on each of its 3,584 screens for an opening weekend total of $34 million. Despite the film's "bad buzz" it has actually received somewhat decent reviews from critics and fans alike, which will hopefully help the film continue to do well in the next few weeks so that it can earn back its entire $125-150 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $21 million this weekend.
Predicted to slip one spot back from last week to number three is the latest film from director Ron Howard (Backdraft), the best-friends comedy, The Dilemma. The movie stars Vince Vaughn (Old School), Kevin James (Grown Ups), Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond), Winona Ryder (Black Swan), Channing Tatum (Dear John) and Queen Latifah (Chicago). Last week the film made $5,925 on each of its 2,940 screens for an opening weekend total of $17.4 million. But the film will have to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it hopes to earn back its entire $70-$75 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $9.9 million this weekend.
Predicted to drop down one place from last week to number four is No Country for Old Men directors Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit, a remake of the classic John Wayne film. The movie stars an all-star cast, which includes Oscar winners Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. While the movie dropped 23.3% last week from the week before, it was added on 335 screens for a total of 3,459. The film earned $3,238 on each screen for a weekend total of about $11.2 million. In it's first month of release the movie has now made $126.4 million, which far surpasses its initial $38 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $8.6 million this weekend.
Predicted to round off the top five this week, and only slipping one spot back from last week, is the Oscar bait, 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 went up an impressive 41.4% last week from the previous week, it was added in 785 theaters for a total of 1,543. The movie earned $5,878 on each screen for a weekend total of $9 million. Now in just over two months of release, the film has earned a total of $44.5 million at the box office, which is almost three times its initial $15 million production costs. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $7.7 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 one spot back from last week to number six is the new film from director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), Black Swan. The movie examines the competitive world of ballet. The film is already earning Oscar buzz for its lead actress, Natalie Portman (Garden State), and also stars Mila Kunis (The Book of Eli), Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands), Vincent Cassel (Ocean's Twelve) and Barbara Hershey (Beaches). While the movie fell 0.1% last week from the week before, it earned $3,490 on each of its 2,328 screens for a weekend total of about $8.1 million. In just seven weeks of release the movie has now made $72.9 million, which is over five times its initial $13 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $6.3 million this weekend.
Predicted to drop back one place from last week to number seven is the third chapter of the popular Meet the Parents series, Little Fockers. The film features returning stars Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder), Teri Polo (The West Wing), Owen Wilson (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) and Oscar winners Robert De Niro (Raging Bull), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) and Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie), as well as new cast members Jessica Alba (Sin City), Harvey Keitel (Cop Land) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park). While the movie dropped 46.7% last week from the previous week, it was seen on 281 less screens for a total of 3,394. The film earned $2,120 on each screen for a weekend total of about $7.1 million. In it's first four weeks of release the movie has now made $134 million, which earns back its entire $100 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $4.2 million this weekend.
Predicted to actually move up one slot from last week to number eight is the critically acclaimed new film from Three Kings director David O. Russell, entitled The Fighter. The movie is based on the true story of boxing champ Micky Ward and stars an impressive cast of actors including Mark Wahlberg (The Other Guys), Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Amy Adams (Leap Year) and Melissa Leo (Don McKay). Last week, the movie dropped 27.1% from the week before and was shown on 114 less screens, for a total of 2,414. It earned $2,113 in each theater for a weekend total of $5.1 million. In addition to winning Golden Globes for actors Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, the film has now earned $65.7 million in five weeks of release, which exceeds its $25 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $3.8 million this weekend.
Predicted to fall back two spots from last week to number nine is the sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 film, Tron, Tron: Legacy. The film picks up twenty-eight years after the first movie and stars the originals two leads Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow and Mrs. King), as well as Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys and Aliens), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), James Frain (True Blood) and Beau Garrett (Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer). Last week, the movie fell 43.7% from the previous week but still managed to earn $2,329 on each of its 2,439 screens, for a weekend total of about $5.6 million. In just over a month of release the movie has now made $156.9 million, which almost earns back its entire $170 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $3.2 million this weekend.
Finally, predicted to drop two place from last week to number ten is the live-action version of the classic cartoon Yogi Bear. The movie stars the voice talent of Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers) and Justin Timberlake (The Social Network). While the movie dropped 19.2% last week from the week before, it earned $1,986 on each of its 2,702 screens for a weekend total of about $5.3 million. In just over a month of release the movie has now made $82.1 million, which earns back its entire $80 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $3.1 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!