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Furious 7 continues to roll while Paul Blart shows up in second

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:

imageFurious 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

Will you be hanging out with Paul Blart: Mall Cop this weekend?

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:

Paul BlartNobody 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.

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Furious 7 pulls no punches, rules the top again

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-7-06Furious 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.

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Furious 7 should hold strong this weekend

This weekend is definitely a lock for the top spot, so let’s not beat around the bush. Here’s our predictions:

F7Furious 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.

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Furious 7 speeds to a record debut

As predicted, it was absolutely huge weekend at the box office for one film in particular. Here’s what went down:

imageDefying 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.

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Furious 7 will race to the top of the box office

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:

imageFurious 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!

It’s a Home run for Dreamworks at the box office

Well, it was a huge weekend at the box office, and not nearly the tight race that we anticipated. As you’ll see by the numbers, families were clearly starved for some fare, at one film delivered above all others. Here’s what went down:

The Dreamworks animated film Home had a stellar opening weekend, bringing in $54 million to claim the top spot at the box office. While reviews have been decidedly down the middle for this one, families didn’t care, as they flocked to theaters. Home should enjoy a nice little run at the box office over the next few weeks until the summer box office season kicks off May 1st.

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Will you Get Hard or go Home this weekend?

A powerhouse couple and a new animated flick are taking over theaters this weekend and looking for your money. Will either of them hit the top spot at the box office? Here are our predictions:

Get Hard is a comedy starring the reigning king of movie laughs, Kevin Hart and the one and only Will Ferrell. In theory, that should be enough to have this movie top all others this weekend, and it likely will do reasonably well, even as it battles middling reviews. Hart’s recent release, The Wedding Ringer, didn’t light up theaters, so it will certainly be interesting to see how Get Hard performs. Look for a first place debut with $33 million.

That is, if it can hold off the new animated feature, Home, starring the voices of Jim Parsons and Rhianna. Now, truth be told, I hadn’t heard too much about this new Dreamworks film until a few nights ago when my daughter and I came across the trailer, which she found absolutely hillarious (and I admit, I thought it was pretty funny as well). Families with younger children haven’t had anything to look forward to for a little while now, so Home could be the answer to parents’ prayers. Look for a second place showing right behing Get Hard with $31 million, with a good chance it could wind up in first place.

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Little divergence year to year for Insurgent

Hi gang – the box office wrap is going to be brief. Main reason is, I’m just wiped out. Here at Biff Bam Pop central, it’s been a busy few days. Our own Amanda Blue is in town with her fella, and we’ve been keeping busy eating, visiting and hittin the Toronto ComicCon, along with a wonderful BBP Pub Night with our other Toronto writers on Saturday night. So, I’m pooped, and not feleing too analytical.

Insurgent_posterI will say that our predictions about Insurgent was pretty much on the money, as the film opened in number one with $54 million, just $600,000 less than Divergent did last year. That’s not horrible, but as mentioned on Friday, you want to see franchises increase their opening weekend takes, and that just wasn’t accomplished here.

As for the rest of the top five, Cinderella fell to second place with $34.9 million. Run All Night was in third place with $5.1 million. The Gunman debut in fourth place with a lacklustre $5 million, while Kingsman: The Secret Service closed things out in fifth with $4.6 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Insurgent – $54 million
2) Cinderella – $35 million
3) Run All Night – $9.5 million
4) The Gunman – $9 million
5) Do You Believe? – $7 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Insurgent – $54 million
2) Cinderella – $34.9 million
3) Run All Night – $5.1 million
4) The Gunman – $5 million
5) Kingsman – $4.6 million

Next weekend sees the release of Get Strong, Me sure to check on Friday to see our predictions.

Will Insurgent diverge from the success of the first film?

It’s the last weekend of March Break, so theaters should be packed, likely with families catching up on last week’s big release. But there are a few new films looking to score as well. Will they? Here’s our predictions:

The big new release is the second film in the Divergent series, Insurgent. The first film did strong business last year, bringing in $150 million in North America. Those aren’t The Hunger Games numbers, but it’s still enough to hope for a decent showing for Insurgent. Typically, you want to see your numbers go up with a second film, so that’s what Insurgent needs to do. However, I’m just not sure the hype is there. On that note, look for a first place showing with $54 million, the same amount Divergent debut with in 2014.

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