Leatherface vs Matt Damon – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It’s January, which means burial ground for the studios. That is, don’t look for quality releases over the next four weeks. For proof – I give you Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.

TheTexasChainsawMassacre3DPosterHas anyone been waiting for this film other than the participants and their closest relatives? The story, about a woman who discovers that her long lost cousin is franchise icon Leatherface seems pretty trite and simply an excuse for violent 3D kills – which will definitely appeal to non-discerning genre fans, but hardly the rest of the masses. If this one makes it into the top ten, consider it a miracle.

Check out what else is out this weekend and that may hit the top five after the jump!
Promised_Land_PosterPromised Land is the other notable release of the weekend, reuniting Good Will Hunting collaborators Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant in a film about two corporate sales people looking to buy drilling rights in a rural town. The film has been receiving mixed reviews, with critics basically feeling the film succeeds more than it fails. However, Damon is a draw, so look for Promised Land to narrowly make the top five with $8.9 million.

So what will do well? Look for a close battle between The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Django Unchained for the top spot at the box office. I’m predicting a neck and neck race, with Django coming out on top with $21 million, with The Hobbit close behind with $20 million. Hitting third place should be Les Miserables with $18 million, followed by Parental Guidance with $12 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Django Unchained – $21 million
2) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $20 million
3) Les Miserables – $18 million
4) Parental Guidance – $12 million
5) Promised Land – $8.9 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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