It’s a big weekend at the box office, as two more sequels look to duke it out for the top spot. Can either of them take down the reigning animation champion? Here are our predictions:
Star Trek Beyond is the third film in the rebooted franchise. This one is a stand alone, original story, rather than the pseudo-remake of the original Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan the previous film, Into Darkness acted as. Directed by Fast and Furious helmer Justin Lin, the film currently has solid reviews and decent word of mouth going for it, even in the face of the tragic death of series co-star Anton Yelchin. The question is, following the lacklustre reception to Into Darkness from die hard fans, has Star Trek Beyond lost a piece of its core audience? The secret weapon here is Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the film, along with co-starring as Scotty. Pegg is a geek and knows what the audience wants, and I’d be surprised if this third film doesn’t deliver. Look for a first place showing with $65 million.
Also opening is Ice Age: Collision Course, the fourth in the venerable kids franchise. Reviews have not been kind to this instalment, and with both Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets doing huge business, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this film underperform. Look for a second place showing with $35 million.
As for the rest of the top five, The Secret Life of Pets will drop to third place with $25 million. Ghostbusters will be behind it in fourth with $21 million, while the new horror film Lights Out will close things out in fifth place with $18 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Star Trek Beyond – $64 million
2) Ice Age: Collision Course – $35 million
3) The Secret Life of Pets – $25 million
4) Ghostbusters – $21 million
5) Lights Out – $18 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!