Friday marks one week until the release of what should be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, Marvel’s The Avengers. In the meantime, a few new releases try to make some sort of short lived impact at the box office – a romantic comedy, a few suspense films and an under the radar animated film. Will any of these knock Think Like A Man from the top spot? Here are our predictions:
The Five-Year Engagement stars Jason Segal and Emily Blunt as a couple who keep having to postpone their nuptials. Both actors aren’t quite superstars when it comes to opening films, but the romantic comedy should manage to drive a sizeable crowd. I’m predicting a $24 million opening for the flick.
The Raven stars John Cusack as Edgar Alan Poe and is a fictionalized depiction of the author’s last days, where he chases down a serial killer recreating murders from Poe’s own stories. Reviews have not been kind at all for The Raven (we’ll have a brief one up later on today from a BBP reader who saw a sneak peak), and I’m guessing we won’t even see The Raven debut in the top five. Look for a sixth or seventh placement with $7 million.
The Pirates! is an animated film from the same studio behind Wallace And Gromit and Arthur Christmas, and features the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven. The film is clearly kid friendly (one Pirate is competing for Pirate of the Year), and could have a decent opening weekend, even though I’d argue promotion has been somewhat lacking. But with no other kid friendly flicks out there, I’m predicting The Pirates! opens in second place with $19 million.
The new release of the weekend is Safe, staring Jason Statham in another one of his action yarns. Statham definitely has an audience, but it’s one that I think is more interested in this summer’s The Expendables 2. Here’s another film I think we’ll see debut outside the top five, similarly to The Raven with numbers in the $7-$8 million range.
As for the rest of the top five, I’m expecting Think Like A Man to drop significantly from last week’s $33 million start to land in third with $17 million. Zac Efron’s The Lucky One should wind up in fourth with $15 million, while The Hunger Games will close things off at number five with $11 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) The Five-Year Engagment – $24 million
2) The Pirates! – $19 million
3) Think Like A Man – $17 million
4) The Lucky One – $15 million
5) The Hunger Games – $11 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!