Things should get interesting this weekend, as a bevy of new releases are storming theatres. Will any of them top the box office? Here are our predictions:
The most high profile new release this weekend is Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg in a film about the tragic Boston Marathon terrorist attack. Wahlberg + Boston should equal a strong film and a decent showing, especially at this transitional time in the U.S.. Audiences need heroes to cheer for and Patriots Day should be able to service those needs. Look for a first place showing with $21 million.
Also new this weekend is Live By Night, a throwback gangster film from writer/director/actor Ben Affleck. Argo this isn’t, as Live By Night has been getting absolutely horrible reviews. Look for a place outside of the top five with $8 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Hidden Figures should be in second place with $20.5 million after its stunning take of the top spot from last weekend. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in third place with $15 million, with Sing following right behind it in fourth place with $14 million. La La Land will close things out in fifth place with $12.5 million.
Notable releases including Monsters Trucks, The Bye Bye Man and Sleepless will fall far outside the top five.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Patriots Day – $21 million
2) Hidden Figures – $20.5 million
3) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $15 million
4) Sing – $14 million
5) La La Land – $12.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!