It could be a horrific weekend at the box office, as the final entry in a franchise takes on last week’s number one. Which will come out on top? Here’s our prediction:
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the sixth and supposedly final entry in the Milla Jovovich-starring/Paul W. Anderson directed franchise that has consistently done well at the box office, even against usually lacklustre reviews. The promotion machine has been in full effect for this entry, and the film should do fairly well this weekend. Look for a first place showing with $21 million.
Also opening this weekend is A Dog’s Purpose, though its mired in negative controversy thanks to a leaked video of filmmakers allegedly putting a dog in distress. There could be some significant backlash against the film. Look for a third place debut with $13 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Split will fall to second place with $19 million, though with strong word of mouth, it could over perform and hold on to the number one spot against Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. This will be an interesting battle to watch.
Hidden Figures will be in fourth place with $12 million, while La La Land will close things out in fifth with $10.5 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – $21 million
2) Split – $19 million
3) A Dog’s Purpose – $13 million
4) Hidden Figures – $12 million
5) La La Land – $10.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!