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We are t-minus seven days away from the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron in cinemas, which means this weekend’s new releases have the briefest of windows to make an impact. The question is, will they? Here are our predictions:
The Age of Adaline is a romantic drama staring Blake Lively that’s been getting solid notices for its fashionable star. Though she’s not yet a box office draw, this film is definitely going to raise Lively’s profile, and should be a good choice for audiences looking for a date movie. Look for a second place showing with $14 million.
The early weekend box office estimates are out, with few surprises and very little in the way of big numbers. Here’s what went down:
Furious 7 held on to the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing in an estimayed $25.5 million and raising it’s total to an outstanding $290 million. The film should cross the $300 million mark within the next five days or so. Look for one more weekend of rule before Avengers: Age of Ultron knocks the film off. Read the rest of this entry
Three new movies are hitting theaters this weekend, and while none of them have a chance at hitting the top spot, they could make an impact. Here are our predictions:
Nobody asked for it, but Paul Blart; Mall Cop 2 is here. The original managed to make close to $150 million in North America, which is certainly surprising, and I suppose grounds for a sequel. However, there’s no buzz for the film and the reviews have been atrocious. Look for a second place showing with a frontloaded $24 million.
The Star Wars Celebration is happening in Anaheim, and there’s no question that the big deal is a panel about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and probably a few surprises as well. The event is being livestreamed, and you can watch it below, starting at 1:00 pm ET.
UPDATE: The new trailer just debut and we’ve got it!
The new Ant-Man trailer just dropped, and I like what I’m seeing. It has the Marvel vibe, as it should, with what seems like a smart mix of drama, action, and comedy. This one is flying a little under the radar at the moment, with all eyes focused on Avengers: Age of Ultron, which could actually pay off well for Ant-Man in the end. Take a look and let us know what you think.
The early box office numbers are in and, no surprise, it was another huge weekend for one film in particular. Here’s what went down:
Furious 7 held onto the top spot at the box office for a second weekend in a row, bringing in $60 million and raising its total to a simply outstanding $252 million. There’s not juice in this franchise’s tank – there’s rocket fuel. So far, Furious 7’s worldwide gross is $497 million, which is literally out of this world. The movie should continue to post huge numbers for the next few weeks until Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts.
This weekend is definitely a lock for the top spot, so let’s not beat around the bush. Here’s our predictions:
Furious 7 has been having a phenomenal run at the box office. In just seven days, it’s made nearly $200 million, a number it’s sure to cross this weekend, and then some. With great reviews and word of mouth, the film will hold onto the top spot, with a huge margin to boot. Look for a first place showing with $65 million.
As predicted, it was absolutely huge weekend at the box office for one film in particular. Here’s what went down:
Defying even the most optimistic of predictions, Furious 7 vaulted to the top of the box office with a stellar $143 million opening. That seriously exceeds the $97.4 million that Fast and Furious 6 pulled in two years ago. Awareness was high, due in part to Furious 7 being Paul Walker’s final film, along woth the exciting trailers showcasing the intense action sequences. Furious 7 should rule the box office for at least a few more weekends, and could be staring down a $300 + North American gross.
I’m a pretty impulsive person. I always have been. This behaviour has taken me on some wild rides, some incredible, some not so much. Now that I’m a “responsible adult” I’ve toned it down and reigned it in quite a bit, but still sometimes I get that itch to go for something, my inner voice whispering, “Come on… Why not?” Recently, a stranger invited me to fly across the country and stay at his house for a few days. “It’ll be fun,” he said. That was pretty much all I needed to hear, so I booked a ticket, caught the flight, and crossed my fingers that this guy wasn’t a serial killer since I was going to be staying at his house. Well it turns out he wasn’t a serial killer, at least not the kind interested in the likes of me, and it turned out to be quite a fine 6 days after all.
I should probably mention that the stranger in this story is in fact Andy Burns, and that he (obviously) wasn’t a complete stranger. We’d become close online friends since last summer when our paths silently crossed at the Twin Peaks Festival in North Bend, Washington, and even more so since last fall when I started writing for BBP. He invited me to Toronto for the launch of his book, Wrapped in Plastic: Twin Peaks, but we had never spent any time together in person, so we were both a little nervous that our online connection wouldn’t necessarily translate into the real world. Turns out it did, and we had a fantastic time.
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Only one new release hits theaters this weekend, and there’s absolutely no question that not only will it top the box office, but it’s going to do so with a huge chunk of change. How much? Here’s our prediction:
Furious 7 finally makes its way onto screens this weekend, following a delay sadly caused by the unfortunate and untimely death of beloved series star Paul Walker. Filmmakers worked with CGI and body doubles in the form of Walker’s brothers to finish his relevant scenes, and there’s no question that the final product has been done as a tribute to him. All the stars of the franchise, including Vin Diesel, The Rock and even MMA star Ronda Rousey have been out in full force to promote Furious 7, so awareness is high. Even more impressive is the fact that advance reviews have been glowing. So what kind of money will the movie make? Fast and Furious 6 opened two years ago with $97.4 million, a number this film should significantly top. Look for a first place debut for Furious 7 with $135 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Home will drop to second place with $28 million. Get Hard will be in third with $18 million. Cindererella will grab fourth place with $14 million, while Insurgent will be right behind it with $13 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Furious 7 – $135 million
2) Home – $28 million
3) Get Hard – $18 million
4) Cinderella – $14 million
5) Insurgent – $13 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!