It’s a big weekend at the box office, as the sudden appearance of a spiritual successor to a hit science fiction film looks to take down last week’s number one. Can it do it? Here’s our prediction:
New this week is 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams and inspired/influenced by the 2008 hit film, Cloverfield. While it doesn’t take place in the same universe as the original, or feature any of the same characters, according to various reports, the vibe fits with the original so much that having Cloverfield in the title makes a certain amount of sense. How this will play out with audiences is the big question. Stars John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are solid hands, but neither can open a film, so the movie will rely on its tenuous connection to Cloverfield and solid reviews to make magic happen. Look for a second place debut for 10 Cloverfield Lane with $27 million ,which, with its lower budget, should be a solid number to start with.
Also opening this weekend are The Young Messiah, based on Anne Rice’s books on Christ, and The Brothers Grimsby, Sacha Baron Cohen’s gross out film co-starring Mark Strong. Neither film have the buzz or reviews to make much of an impact. Look for a fifth place debut for The Brothers Grimsby with $8.5 million, while The Young Messiah will hit sixth place with $8 million.
As for the rest of the top five, look for last week’s number one, Zootopia, to hold onto the top spot with $45 million. Deadpool will grab third place with $12 million, while London Has Fallen will be right behind it in fourth place with $11 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Zootopia – $45 million
2) 10 Cloverfield Lane – $27 million
3) Deadpool – $12 million
4) London Has Fallen – $11 million
5) The Brothers Grimsby – $8.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!