Rising from the ashes, a venerable horror film gets another sequel. 20 years later, are audiences still up for scare in the woods? Here’s our prediction:
Blair Witch is a direct sequel to the 1996 smash found footage film that scared the hell out of moviegoers (a follow-up, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, is essentially being ignored). In this movie, new character Josh goes in search of his long-missing Heather, the filmmaker seen in the original film. Adam Wingard is the director this time out and is certainly a strong choice, based on his outstanding work so far (go watch You’re Next if you haven’t seen it). While reviews haven’t been strong for Blair Witch, there no doubt is an audience that is absolutely jonesing to see this film. Look for a first place showing with $45 million.
Also opening this weekend is Bridget Jones’ Baby, the first film to feature the character in twelve years. It’s doubtful that the film will make much of an impact at the box office this weekend, as it has been a while since Renee Zellwegger opened a film. Reviews have been strong, but it may not be enough to get people in seats. Look for a third place showing with $15 million
As for the rest of the top five, Sully will be in second place with $24 million. New release Snowden will settle in fourth place with $5.6 million, while Don’t Breathe will close things out in fifth with $5 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Blair Witch – $45 million
2) Sully – $24 million
3) Bridget Jones’ Baby – $15 million
4) Snowden – $5.6 million
5) Don’t Breathe – $5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!