PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The summer movie season continues to heat up this weekend with the much anticipated forth installment of DreamWorks Animation's phenomenally successful Shrek series, Shrek Forever After, finally hitting theaters. The film stars the returning voice talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy. While the movie is predicted to take the number one spot at the box office and just break the $100 million mark, it will fail to crack the top ten on the all-time opening weekend chart and not even come close to it's predecessor, Shrek the Third's $121 million opening weekend. Many Hollywood insiders have wondered if the appeal of the green ogre has begun to wear off and if DreamWorks other huge animated hit, How to Train Your Dragon, which is still in theaters will steal a bit of Shrek's thunder.
Currently the film has twenty-seven fans on our site and has received an average rating of a 3.9. Out of the eleven people who have rated the film only four gave it five stars. However the trailer for the film has had over 56,000 views. Here is what one of our readers who has already seen the movie had to say. "Well I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the fourth and final installment to the Shrek franchise. After the disappointment that was Shrek the Third I had serious doubts that they could do any good with another Shrek movie. But after seeing the masterpiece that was How to Train Your Dragon, I was almost convinced that Shrek Forever After could end up being a great film and I was surprised to find out it was."
In fact, that reader went on to say, "In my mind this film ended the Shrek series off very well and revived it after the third one. I left the theater with a smile on my face still laughing at some of the comedic elements added into the movie, which I won't reveal because you must see the film to find out that."
Coming in at number two this week after two weeks atop the charts is undeniably this summer's biggest hit so far, Iron Man 2. The film took in an additional $53 million last weekend, which was less than it's $68.9 million predicted total. This weekend the film is predicted to drop off some more and only take in an additional $30.2 million. In the film, 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. While the film did drop almost 60% last weekend from its opening weekend it added ten theaters and still managed to earn around $12,000 on each of it's 4,390 screens. The film has now earned in just two weeks an impressive $212 million domestically, which should make Marvel Studios and Paramount executives very happy considering its $200 million production cost.
While the movie may have taken the top spot at the box office for the last two weekends, reactions from fans have been somewhat mixed. While most fans have enjoyed the film many have said that it just wasn't as good as the first one and have also complained that the film tried too hard to squeeze in too much in too little time. The film currently has one hundred and four friends on our site, which is up from last week and has an average rating of 4.4. The trailer for the film has received 139,753 views, up over a thousand since last week. Currently, one hundred and twenty-eight people have rated the film on our site and sixty-five of them have given the film five stars. Here are what some of our readers had to say about the film. "I finally got a chance to see Iron Man 2 in the theater on its second opening weekend and I got two things to say about this movie: 1) It's as great as the first one by the same style it has, and 2) The first one is actually a little bit better than this one. It was mostly because of some of the silliness this movie had." The film opened a week early overseas and to this date has already grossed a total of $476 million worldwide well beyond it's estimated $200 million production cost. With another $30.2 million predicted for this weekend, you can guarantee that Paramount and Marvel Studio executives are already discussing Iron Man 3.
Predicted to debut at number three this week is the comedy MacGruber, based on the popular Saturday Night Live sketch starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer. The movie is predicted to bring in around $19.5 million in its opening weekend, which is a nice profit considering it's purported $10 million budget. The movie currently has only six fans on our site. The film is ranking in with an average of 4.3 and almost 5,000 people have viewed the trailer. Of the six people that have rated the film, four have given it five stars. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new film after watching our exclusive interview with the cast. "I think I am going to see this now!"
Predicted to drop two spots this week to number four is director Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. The film stars Oscar winner Russell Crowe as the famous bow & arrow wielding hero, along with fellow Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and William Hurt, and accomplished actors Mark Strong (Kick-Ass) and Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) rounding out the cast. Last weekend the movie opened on 3,503 screens and earned about $10,595 per screen for a total of $37.1 million, well short of it's purported $200 million production cost. The movie currently has twenty-nine fans on our site. The film is ranking in with an average rating of 3.8, which is down from last weeks 4.5. Over 16,000 people have viewed the trailer, which is up over a thousand from last week and of the thirty people that have rated the film eleven have given it five stars.
Finally, rounding out the top five and dropping two places from last week is Just Wright, a romantic comedy set in the world of the NBA starring former rappers Queen Latifah and Common. Last weekend the film opened on 1,831 screens and earned almost $4,642 per screen, for a weekend total of $8.5 million. The film is predicted to earn $12.4 million this weekend and currently is getting a rating of 2.8 on our site. The film has six friends and out of the five people who have rated the movie, only one person gave it five stars. However, the trailer for the film has received almost 3,000 views.
The rest of the top ten films at the box office this weekend are predicted to look like this. Predicted to fall two spots back from last week to number six is DreamWorks Animation's hit film 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 $207 million in just eight weeks on the charts, surpassing it's $165 million production cost. Last week, the film dropped 23.4% and was seen on 383 less screens than the week before, however it still managed to earn $1,954 on each of its 2,620 screens.
Falling one spot back from last week and predicted to come in at number seven is the Steve Carell & Tina Fey comedy Date Night, which is predicted to earn another $4.6 million this weekend. As of last weekend, the movie had earned $87.5 million in just six weeks, surpassing its $55 million production cost. Predicted to come in at number eight and moving up one spot from last week is the romantic comedy, Letters to Juliet starring Amanda Seyfried (Dear John). The movie is predicted to earn roughly $3.6 million this weekend, which would be an improvement from its disappointing $1.3 million debut last weekend.
Predicted to fall four spots back from last week to number nine is director Samuel Bayer's re-imagining of the classic 1984 horror film A Nightmare On Elm Street. In the film, 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). Last week the film was seen on 257 less screens than the week before but still managed to earn $1,528 on each of its 3,075 screens for a total of $4.7 million. The film has now earned around $56 million in just three weeks, well beyond it's $35 million production cost and is predicted to take in another $2.3 million over the weekend.
Finally, rounding off the top ten and falling three spots back from last week is superstar Jennifer Lopez's comedy The Back-Up Plan. The film, which also stars Alex O'Loughlin is predicted to earn another $2 million at the box office this weekend. As of last week the film had grossed around $34 million in just four weeks but was still a bit shy of earning back it's $35 million 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!