PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The disappointing summer box office might finally be showing signs of improvement. Two weeks ago Toy Story 3 opened with an impressive $109 million domestically and now The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has already made $68.5 million in just one day of release. The film opened with midnight showings on June 30th and earned a record breaking $30 million, but eventually fell short of The Twilight Saga: New Moon's $72.7 million opening day record with only $68.5 million.
So it goes without saying that predicted to take the top spot at the box office this week is the long awaited third chapter of the phenomenally popular Twilight film series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, (Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning and Bryce Dallas Howard. While it has already broken one record this weekend, the true test will be to see if it can manage to crack the incredible $158 million that The Dark Knight made when it opened in 2008. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse does have an advantage since it opened at midnight on Wednesday over the holiday weekend, which The Dark Knight did not. Unfortunately the film is predicted to fall short of breaking that record with about $150 million. Which is just shy of taking second place from Spider-Man 3. But good enough to replace its predecessor, The Twilight Saga: New Moon at third place.
Currently the film has an average rating of a 3.4 on our site. Out of the sixty-one people who have rated the film twenty-six have given it five star. While the trailer for the film has had over 66,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new film: "This is the film I've been waiting for since after I saw The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is a masterpiece, a triumph and a classic!" Another reader had this to say about the new movie, "I have hated the first two films in the saga but this was actually reasonable."
Finally our official reviewer /movie/the-twilight-saga-eclipse/review-REKRuNLKJPQTPQ/Brian Gallagher had this to say, "It saddens me that I can't like a movie which has vampires fighting werewolves because they spend most of the movie having those classic monsters fighting over a girl who seems about as interesting as a thumb tack."
Predicted to debut at number two is M. Night Shyamalan's long awaited adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, simply retitled The Last Airbender. The film is predicted to earn around $46.6 million this weekend. Currently the film has an average rating of a 4.1 on our site. Out of the fifty-six people who have rated the film, thirty-six have given it five stars while the trailer for the film has had over 39,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new film: "I went in trying to enjoy the film aspect of it and came out thinking that this was just another abomination of a much beloved series, much like the film Dragonball Evolution." Another reader was even less impressed with the film and had this to say about the movie. "With one of the worst directors of our time, I'm honestly not surprised that this movie was terrible. From the minute I heard M. Night Shyamalan was directing and writing this I knew this was going to be a summer crap-buster and screwed-up adaptation. I mean, he really screwed up the series ... badly."
Predicted to fall from number one to number three this week for the first time since its debut two weeks ago 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 did drop almost 50% last week from it's opening weekend, it still managed to earn an impressive $14,647 on each of it's 4,000 plus screens. In fact, the movie made around $18 million on Friday alone. Now in just under three weeks the film has earned roughly $251 million domestically, surpassing it's $200 million production cost and making it by far one of the biggest hits of the summer. The film is predicted to earn an additional $33.1 million this weekend.
Predicted to fall two places back this week to number four 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 had a decent opening last week bringing in almost $14.5 million on Friday alone and went on to earn around $41 million for the weekend. The film was released on 3,534 screens and made around $11,602 on each. The film has now earned around $54 million in just under a week and is predicted to earn an additional $21.2 million this weekend.
Rounding out the top five this week and predicted to fall two spaces back from last 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. Last week the film was seen on 3,098 screens and earned $6,617 on each for a weekend total of around $45 million worldwide, which is a far cry from its purported $125 million production cost. It's estimated to earn an additional $10.8 million this holiday 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 number four to number six this week 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. While the film did drop almost 48.5% last week from the previous week it was added in seventy-seven theaters and managed to make around $4,118 on each of its 3,740 screens, earning an additional $15.4 million for weekend. The movie has now made an impressive $141 million in just three weeks of release, far surpassing its $40 million production cost. It's estimated to earn an additional $7.5 million this weekend.
Predicted to drop two places from last week to number seven 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 movie dropped 58.3% last week and was seen in three hundred and two less theaters than the week before. Still the film managed to earn roughly $1,851 on each of its 3,242 screens for an additional $6 million this weekend. The film has now earned around $65 million in three weeks but will still have a ways to go if it hopes to earn back its $110 million production cost. The film is predicted to earn an additional $4.3 million this weekend.
Predicted to fall two places back from last week to number eight 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 $3 million and is predicted to earn another $2.4 million this weekend. The film has now earned $55.9 million at the box office since its release almost four weeks ago.
Predicted to Drop two places from last week to number nine 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 $2.87 million last weekend and is expected to another $2.1 million this weekend. The film has now earned an amazing $231 million at the box office since its release over a month ago, earning its $165 million production cost back and then some.
Finally, predicted to fall two spaces back from last week to number ten 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 $87.2 million at the box office domestically and $313 worldwide in just under four weeks of release. The movie is predicted to take in an additional $1.9 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!