PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The disappointing summer box office got a much needed injection of excitement last weekend when Toy Story 3 opened with an impressive $109 million domestically. The film absolutely destroyed fellow newcomer Jonah Hex and took the tenth spot on the all-time best opening weekend list right behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Iron Man 2 and Shrek the Third, Alice in Wonderland, Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, respectively. But will it be able to retain the top spot this week against two highly anticipated summer films including Knight and Day and Grown Ups? The answer is ... yes!
Predicted to take the top once again this week is the third chapter of the extremely successful Pixar series, Toy Story 3. The film features the return of Woody, Buzz and all your favorite toys along with an all-star cast of voice actors, which include Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jodi Benson, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Ned Beatty, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Kristen Schaal and Whoopi Goldberg. While the film was predicted to take the number one spot last week with $120 million, it did not quite exceeded expectations. The film earned an impressive $41 million on its opening day alone, making it the biggest weekend animated opener of all time. On Wednesday of this week the film made $13.4 million, which was far superior to Knight and Day's $3.8 opening day total. As of today the film has made $154 million domestically and around $43 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $197 million in just fewer than two weeks, which easily earns back the films $190 million production cost. The movie is expected to earn another $66.1 million this weekend.
Predicted to debut at number two is the family comedy Grown Ups about five childhood friends who reunite 30 years later for a vacation with their families staring the comedy "Dream Team" of Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider. The film is predicted to make around $33.2 million in its opening weekend. Currently the film has an average rating of a 4.2 on our site. Out of the eleven people who have rated the film seven have given it five stars while the trailer for the film has had over 7,000 views. With an all-star cast of comedians expectations for this film are pretty high and here are a few of the comments that our readers have been making about the film. "I can't wait," said one user. "Nice cast, can't go wrong," said another. Finally, a reader had this to say after viewing the trailer for the first time, "Very funny!"
Predicted to debut at number three this week is the action/comedy Knight and Day, which just like this summer's Killers, is about an ordinary girl who unintentionally gets involved with a secret agent. However this film features super star actors Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the leading roles. As mentioned earlier, the film was released on Wednesday and only managed to earn a disappointing $3.8 million on its opening day, not exactly what is expected from a film that stars two of the biggest stars in the world. The movie is predicted to earn a total of $26.8 million in its opening weekend. Currently the film has an average rating of a 2.8 on our site. Out of the sixteen people who have rated the film only four have given it five stars while the trailer for the film has had over 8,000 views. Here is what a few of our readers who have already seen the film had to say about it. "Dumb but honest. Like a golden retriever covered in ketchup." The reader went on to say, "To be fair, the film doesn't shoot very high. It wears its lowbrow goofiness right there on its sleeve, and it mostly achieves its goal of being a light-hearted, dumb as a rock summer action movie. Finally, one reader simply had this to say, "Underwhelming feeling, undeniable fun."
Predicted to fall two spaces back from last week to number four is the re-make of the classic Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita underdog story The Karate Kid. The film moves the action from California to China and stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in the lead roles. The movie was produced by Smith's superstar parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The film surpassed everyone's expectations two weeks ago in its opening weekend by taking the top spot on the charts but fell last week by almost 49%. The film earned a weekend total of $29 million last week, which brings it's total domestic gross to $106.2 million in just two weeks of release, which is well beyond it's purported $40 million production cost. The film is predicted to earn another $18.5 million this weekend.
Rounding off the top five and predicted to fall two places back from number three last week is The A-Team, an adaptation of the classic '80s TV show. The film features an all-star cast which includes Liam Neeson as Col. Hannibal Smith, Bradley Cooper as Face, Quinton Jackson as B. A. Baracus and Sharlto Copley as Howling Mad Murdock. Together they are an elite unit of soldiers of fortune, eventually living in the Los Angeles underground, hunted by the government for a crime they didn't commit. The film surprised everyone in it's opening week by underperforming, coming in second behind The Karate Kid. However, the film managed to earn an additional $13.7 million last weekend and only dropped 57% from the previous week. That brought it's total domestic gross to around $49.7 million in just two weeks, which is still well below it's purported $110 million production cost. The film is expected to earn an additional $7.6 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 spots from last week to number six is the rock n' roll comedy Get Him to the Greek, produced by Judd Apatow. The film stars Jonah Hill (Superbad) as a record company assistant who is told by his boss (Sean Combs) that he has three days to get a washed-up, alcoholic rock singer played by Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) from London to Los Angeles for his comeback show. Last week the film earned an additional $6.1 million and is predicted to earn another $4.4 million this weekend. The film has now earned $50.7 million at the box office since its release over three weeks ago.
Dropping two places from last week to number seven is the forth installment of DreamWorks Animation's phenomenally successful Shrek series, Shrek Forever After. The film, stars the returning voice talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy. The film earned an additional $5.5 million last weekend and is expected to another $3.9 million this weekend. The film has now earned an amazing $225 million at the box office since its release over a month ago, earning its $165 million production cost back and then some.
Predicted to fall two spaces back from last week to number eight is Disney Studios and super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer's adaptation of the classic video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans), Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina. So far the film has earned $82.7 million at the box office domestically and $295 worldwide in just under four weeks of release. The movie is predicted to take in an additional $3.3 million this weekend at the box office.
Predicted to fall one space back from its dismal debut last week to number nine is the big screen adaptation of DC Comics' beloved Western character, Jonah Hex. The scarred anti-hero rides on to the big screen in his own feature film, which stars Josh Brolin in the title role and co-starring Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, Michael Shannon, Aidan Quinn, Lance Reddick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film, which failed to find its audience last week, made a disappointing $1.9 million on Friday alone and ended up only making $5 million for the entire weekend. It is a certified bomb, and will still have a far way to go if it wants to break even and earn back its reported $47 million production cost. The film is expected to earn an additional $2.8 million this weekend.
Finally, rounding off the top ten this week and falling three spaces back from number seven last week is the action comedy Killers starring Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy) as an average woman unknowingly engaged to an international super-spy played by Ashton Kutcher (Valentine's Day). So far the film has earned $41.1 million at the box office domestically and only $11 worldwide in just under three weeks of release. The movie is predicted to take in an additional $2.1 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!