With all the hype that continues to surround last week’s number film at the box office, the odds of any of the three new releases making any form of impact are slim to none. How will theyt do, though? Here’s our predictions:
The new movies that enter the very crowded January fray inclue the thriller The Boy Next Store, with Jennifer Lopez; the Lucasfilm/Disney animated feature, Strange Magic; and Mortdecai, a comedy starring the faltering Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. The truth of the matter is, none of these films stand a chance at real box office success. J-Lo is far from a box office draw these days (though her American Idol fans may number enough to boost the film a bit); there’s little buzz around Strange Magic, which will have to do battle against the critically acclaimed family film Paddington; and Mortdecai is being hailed as yet another failure from Johnny Depp, who has been having a serious dry stretch of success these days. On that note, look for The Boy Next Door to debut in second place with $20 million, while Mortdecai will squeak into the top five with $9 million.
As for the rest of the top five, American Sniper will continue with its winning ways this weekend; look for a first place showing with $55 million. Paddington will be in third with $15 million, with The Wedding Ringer right behind it in fourth with $12 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) American Sniper – $55 million
2) The Boy Next Door – $20 million
3) Paddington – $15 million
4) The Wedding Ringer – $12 million
5) Mortdecai – $9 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!