PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The summer movie season continues to get hotter with four new high profiles films, Get Him to the Greek, Killers, Marmaduke and Splice all entering the box office race this weekend. However, none of them seem to be real competition for last weekend's box office champ, Shrek Forever After. As the DreamWorks animated film is predicted to take the top spot for a third week in a row with an additional $29.6 million.
Surprising everyone last weekend by beating out predicted favorites Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the film earned an additional $43.3 million at the box office bringing it's total earnings to around $211 million worldwide in just two weeks. The film stars the returning voice talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy. While the film may have dropped around 38% last week from the previous week, it was added in eight new theaters for a total of 4,367 screens. Earning around $9,926 at each location.
Currently the movie has thirty-one fans on our site, which is up one from last week. The film has received an average rating of a 3.7, which is down from last week's rating of 3.8. Out of the twenty-three people who have rated the film, which is up seven from last week, only five of them have given it five stars. However the trailer has had 57,661 views, which is over five hundred more than last week. Here is what one of our readers who has seen the movie had to say about the film. "The final chapter is far, far away from being anything great, however that doesn't mean it isn't a little bit decent." Another reader had a more enthusiastic response. "This film proved to be funny just like the original movies with more fairy tale fun that any fan will love to the fullest. This movie proved to be an awesome follow up to the original series." Finally, one reader put it simply, "Thankfully this is the final chapter."
Predicted to debut this week at number two is the long awaited 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. The film is predicted to earn $21.5 million at the box office this weekend.
Currently the film has ten fans on our site and has received an average rating of a 4.1. Out of the seven people who have rated the film only four have given it five stars. However the trailer for the film has had almost 9,000 views. Here is what one of our readers who has already seen the movie had to say about it. "Russell Brand and Jonah Hill carry the film on their backs (and other body parts), while Diddy (Sean Combs) steals every scene he is in as the boss who pressures Hill relentlessly to get Brand to the Greek after treating his team of workers to the kind of meeting we all wish we had with our bosses rather than the dull blather that we put up with." The reader finished by saying, "As a Judd Apatow production, Get Him to the Greek is a middling affair, somewhere between the apex of the producer's Knocked Up and the nadir of his Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."
Debuting on the charts at number three this weekend is the new 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). The film is predicted to earn around $ 18.2 million this weekend, which is a far cry from it's purported $75 million production budget. Currently the film has eight fans on our site and has received an average rating of a 2.0. Out of the five people who have rated the film only one has given it five stars. However the trailer for the film has had over 104,000 views.
Also making its debut in the top five this week is the family film, Marmaduke, based on the classic comic strip about the beloved canine. The film features an all-star cast that includes Owen Wilson (Marley & Me), William H. Macy (Fargo), Kiefer Sutherland (24) and Emma Stone (Zombieland). The film is predicted to earn the number four spot on the charts this week with around $18.1 million. Currently the film has five fans on our site and has received an average rating of a 3.2. Out of the six people who have rated the film only two have given it five stars. However the second trailer for the film has had over 20,000 views.
Finally, predicted to drop three spots from last week to number five is the sequel to the film adaptation of HBO's hit series, Sex and the City, Sex and the City 2. The movie features returning stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. While the film performed quite well early last weekend, in the end it failed to take the top spot away from Shrek Forever After as predicted, only earning second place with about $32.1 million. Which was nearly half of it's predicted $65.5 million earnings. The film opened on 3,445 screens earning $9,926 on each. To date, the film has made only $85 million worldwide and is predicted to earn an additional $18.0 this weekend domestically, which will allow the film to just break even with its purported $100 million production budget.
The rest of the top ten films at the box office this weekend are predicted to look like this. Falling three places back from last week to number six 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. Last weekend the film fell short of it's predicted $61.1 million second place earnings, instead coming in at third and only making half of it's predicted total. The film was seen on 3,646 screens and earned almost $8,275 on each for a weekend gross of around $30.1 million, which was not even close to earning back its $200 million purported budget cost. To date, the film has grossed around $141 million worldwide but even this weekend's predicted $14.1 million additional total won't be enough for the film to break even just yet.
Dropping three places to number seven from last week and leaving the top five for the first time since it debuted on the charts over a month ago is undeniably this summer's biggest hit so far, Iron Man 2. The film features the return of actors Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow and 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. The film dropped nearly 40% in it's forth week on the charts and was actually seen in three hundred and seventy-three less theaters than the week before. The film was predicted to take the forth spot last week but earned a bit less than its predicted $19.2 million, earning only an additional $16 million. The movie made about $4,215 on each of its 3,804 screens, bringing its total domestic gross to an impressive $274 million. The film has now earned about $550 million worldwide in just under a month, placing it at sixty on the highest grossing films of all-time list. It is predicted to earn an additional $12.8 million this weekend.
Predicted to debut at number eight this week is the sci-fi thriller Splice starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and actress/director Sarah Polley (Away From Her) as genetic engineers who make a fateful mistake while experimenting with splicing human and animal DNA together. The film is predicted to earn a somewhat disappointing $10.6 million this weekend. Currently the film has four fans on our site and has received an average rating of a 4.2. Out of the seven people who have rated the film only four gave it five stars. However the trailer for the film has only had around 7,000 views.
Predicted to drop back four spots from last week to number nine 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. The film dropped 45.1% last week from the previous week and was seen on one hundred and thirty-two less screens for a total of 3,373, earning $3,055 on each. The movie earned an additional $10.3 million last week, which was more than its predicted $8.8 million total. The film has now earned $83 million domestically in three weeks but has earned an impressive $154 million overseas for a worldwide total of $237 million, which surpasses it's initial $200 million production cost. The film is predicted to earn an additional $5.8 million domestically this week.
Finally, rounding off the top ten this week and predicted to fall back four spots from last week is the romantic comedy Letters to Juliet starring Amanda Seyfried (Dear John). The film actually debuted on the charts at number nine three weeks ago and then climbed an unprecedented five spots to number four the following week, before it fell one spot to number six last week. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $3.3 million this week. The film currently has only fifteen fans on our site and an average rating of 3.2. The trailer for the film has received over 2,000 views and out of the eleven people who have rated the film, only four of them have given it five stars. 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!