PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
It was no surprise last weekend when Jackass 3D took the number one spot at the box office, but what was a surprise is how much money the movie actually made. Johnny Knoxville and his buddies scored the biggest-grossing opening weekend of all-time, for a movie released between September and October, taking home an astonishing $50 million in its debut. But the Jackass boys will definitely have some new competition this weekend, with the release of the highly anticipated sequel Paranormal Activity 2 and Clint Eastwood's Hereafter starring Matt Damon, which is now opening in wide release.
Predicted to debut at number one this week is the sequel to last year's extremely popular psychological horror film, Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, starring Katie Featherston. Currently the movie has an average rating of a 3.0 on our site. Out of the twenty-four people who have rated the film, nine of them have given it five stars, while the trailer for the movie has had over 50,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new movie: "I'll just keep my fingers crossed that Paranormal Activity 2 takes it to the next level and gives you what you are looking for!" The movie is predicted to earn $30 million this weekend in its debut.
Predicted to fall one place from last week to number two is the third installment of the film adaptation of the popular MTV reality series Jackass, Jackass 3D. In the film, Johnny Knoxville (The Dukes of Hazzard) returns for punishment along with his friends Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and Jason Acuña. Last week the movie made $16,228 on each of its 3,081 screens for an opening weekend total of about $50 million. Considering that the movie only cost around $20 million to make, the studio must have been extremely pleased with an opening weekend profit of about $30 million. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $25.6 million this weekend.
Predicted to take the number three spot this week, after opening in limited release last week, is the new film from Oscar winning director Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino) called Hereafter. The film stars Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) and Jay Mohr (Go). Last weekend the movie debuted on only six screens but earned roughly $38,500 on each for a weekend total of $231,000. Now with the film moving into wide release, it is predicted to earn an additional $12.2 million this weekend.
Predicted to fall two places from its debut last week to number four this week is the new action-comedy Red. The movie is based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis and stars an all-star cast that includes Emmy winners Bruce Willis (Live Free or Die Hard) and Mary-Louise Parker (Red Dragon), Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight), Helen Mirren (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws) and Ernest Borgnine (Escape From New York), Oscar nominee John Malkovich (Jonah Hex), Karl Urban (Star Trek), Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four) and Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United). Last weekend the movie made $6,912 on each of its 3,255 screens for an opening weekend total of about $22.5 million. But it still fell short of earning back its $58 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $11.5 million this weekend.
Rounding off the top five and falling two places from last week is the new film from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher called The Social Network. The movie, which is about the founding of Facebook, stars a cast of excellent young actors that includes Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go), Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog). While the movie dropped nearly 28.8% last week from the week before, it was actually added on 97 screens and earned $3,835 on each of its 2,868, for a weekend total of $11 million. Now in just under a month the movie has made $63.1 million, which is more than enough to earn back its entire $50 million production. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $8.7 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 two places from last week to number six is Walt Disney Pictures new sports film Secretariat, based on the true story of the triple-crown winning racehorse. The film stars Oscar nominees Diane Lane (Unfaithful), John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) and James Cromwell (Babe), as well as Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Fred Dalton Thompson (Die Hard 2: Die Harder) and Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October). While the movie dropped nearly 25.1% last week from its debut the week before, it earned $3,093 on each of its 3,072, for a weekend total of $9.5 million. In just over two weeks the movie has already made $27.5 million, which is still shy of earning back its entire $35 million production budget. But the film is predicted to make an additional $7.4 million this weekend, which should allow it to finally break even.
Predicted to drop two spots from last week to number seven this week is the new romantic comedy about parenting called Life as We Know It. The film stars Katherine Heigl (Killers), Josh Duhamel (When in Rome), Josh Lucas (Hulk), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Jean Smart (Garden State). While the movie dropped nearly 36.6% last week from the previous week, it earned $2,921 on each of its 3,150 for a weekend total of $9.2 million. In a little over two weeks now the movie has made only $28.8 million, which is still shy of earning back its entire $38 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $6.2 million this weekend, which will put a little closer to breaking even.
Predicted to fall two places from last week to number eight is the latest film from visionary director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Dawn Of The Dead) called Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. The computer animated film about a group of heroic owls stars an all-star cast of voice actors including Oscar winners Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine) as well as Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Jim Sturgess (21), Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch). While the movie dropped nearly 38.6% last week from the week before, it actually earned roughly $1,690 on each of its 2,502 screens for a weekend total of $4.2 million. To date, the movie has earned just over $45 million, which is a little over half of the film's $80 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $2.4 million this weekend.
Predicted to slip two spots from last week to number nine is the latest 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). While the movie dropped nearly 38.0% last week from the week before, it earned roughly $1,679 on each of its 2,368 screens for a weekend total of $3.9 million. Now in just over a month the movie has made a little over $80 million, which earns back its entire $37 million production budget and then some. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $2.2 million this weekend.
Finally, predicted to drop two places from last week to number ten is the new film from "master of horror" director Wes Craven called My Soul to Take. The movie stars Nick Lashaway, Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey, Jessica Hecht, Emily Meade and Frank Grillo. While the movie dropped nearly 53.7% last week from the week before, it earned roughly $1,254 on each of its 2,529 screens for a weekend total of $3.1 million. Now in two weeks the movie has made only $11 million, which isn't even close to earning back its $25 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $1.4 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!