A big, big weekend at the box office, as two new releases try to be kind of the mountain. Both are sequels, both have stars, but both can’t come out on top. Who will claim victory? Here’s our prediction.
Fast & Furious 6 continues the amazingly successful franchise, one that is coming off it’s biggest success yet with Fast Five back in 2011. Trailers have been outstanding, highlight the stars (Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, etc) and the amazing action sequences the film promises to deliver. Fast & Furious 6 has already opened overseas to big numbers, and I expect to see it perform remarkably well this weekend. Look for a first place debut with $98 million.
Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!
Do we really need The Hangover Part III? Considering the first two are the highest grossing R-rated films of all time, the answer for the studio was clearly yes. However, buzz is not good for this third installment, and neither are the reviews. The film will definitely open well, but it’s not going to be the runaway success that the first two were. Look for a second place showing with $59 million.
Also opening this weekend is the animated film, Epic. Though it has a strong voice cast (Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Jason Sudeikis), the film is neither a franchise nor a Disney flick. So while it may cater to families looking for the next Croods, I don’t anticipate Epic will be a huge draw. Look for a fifth place showing with $25 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Star Trek Into Darkness is destined to drop to third place, though it should still bring in a decent $40 million. Meanwhile, Iron Man 3 will continue to roll – look for it to hit fourth place with $30 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Fast & Furious 6 – $98 million
2) The Hangover Part III – $59 million
3) Star Trek Into Darkness – $40 million
4) Iron Man 3 – $30 million
5) Epic – $25 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!