The biggest question heading into the box office this weekend is how much money the Merc with a Mouth will be able to bring in. Here’s our prediction:
Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool have spent the last seven days blowing away the competition and expectations for pundits who think they know box office (myself included). Nobody anticipated the $150+ four day opening weekend for Deadpool, and nobody could have foreseen the distinct possibility that the Tim Miller-directed film could very easily be crossing the $200 million mark this weekend. But that’s exactly what is going to happen, even if there’s a steep drop week to week. On that note, look for Deadpool to bring in $57 million and hold steady at number one.
Coming in second this weekend will be Kung Fu Panda 3, which continues to be the choice for families, and will likely bring in $15 million. Meanwhile, there are three new movies opening, but none that will come anywhere close to touching Deadpool (get it…touching Deadpool…ah, never mind). Risen is a religious themed film with Joseph Fiennes, Race details the true story of Olympic medalist Jesse Owens, while The Witch is a well-reviewed horror film that debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. All of them should fall wit him spitting distance of each other for their respective debuts – look for The Witch to hit third place with $8.5 million, Risen to nab fourth place with $8 million, while Race will close things out in fifth with $7.5. These films could be interchangeable when Sunday finally arrives.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Deadpool – $57 million
2) Kung Fu Panda 3 – $15 million
3) The Witch – $8.5 million
4) Risen – $8 million
5) Race – $7.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!