Two big-team ups are happening this weekend at movie theatres across North America, but will either of them be able to unseat Puss In Boots from the top of the box office pile? Eddie Murphy and Ben Still vs Harold and Kumar – to the winners go the spoils! Here’s how I think the weekend will turn out:
The cover of Rolling Stone. A gig hosting the Oscars early next year. Eddie Murphy sure is trying to make a comeback. Scratch that. Another comeback. It’s been a while since The Nutty Professor and Doctor Doolittle lit up the screens and made Murphy a kids sensation, and its been even longer since he did a film that really resonated with an adult audience (his Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls and the absolutely hillarious Bowfinger aside). Can Murphy regain the R-rated audience that made him a superstar in the 80’s? Teaming up Ben Stiller and director Brett Ratner in Tower Heist certainly isn’t going to hurt. But who will the draw be? Personally, I think Stiller is going to be the key in bringing audiences into the film. Look for Tower Heist to debut at number one with $25 million.
Also new in theatres this weekend is A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, the third film in the surprisingly venerable film franchise. Venerable in that they keep making them, but keep in mind neither Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle or Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay were huge box office hits. They have, however, found life on DVD and VOD, which no doubt is what made the third film viable. That and the amazing popularity of one Neil Patrick Harris. Look for a solid but not spectacular opening for the film, with a third place showing and a gross of $15 million.
As for the rest of the weekend, the underperforming Puss In Boots is still the only real family option in theatres right now. It’s also maintained first place at the box office throughout the course of the week. Look for Puss In Boots to hit number two with $20 million.
Justin Timberlake’s In Time didn’t post spectacular numbers last week, but it has been steady at the box office as well during the week. That will likely change with the two new arrivals, however. Look for a fourth place showing with $8 million.
Rounding out the top five will be Footloose with $5 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Tower Heist – $25 million
2) Puss In Boots – $20 million
3) A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas – $15 million
4) In Time – $8 million
5) Footloose – $5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turned out!