This week sees the return of a venerable kids franchise that’s should have no trouble grabbing the top spot at the box office. Here’s our prediction:
Cars 3 has been getting the sort of reviews that eluded the previous two instalments in the Pixar franchise, which is unusual, but exciting. The film, which finds Lightning McQueen debating retirement in the face of a new hot car on the scene, is being lauded for its emotional hooks, which help get partners into theatres this weekend. As if they really have a choice – Cars 3 is the family choice for Father’s Day, and will no doubt debut in first place. Look for it to bring in $65 million.
Also new this weekend is the R-rated comedy Rough Night, which looks to be a girls night out version of The Hangover. It has an outstanding cast, including Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon, and the trailers have been funny, but reviews have been less than kind. Rough Night should debut in third place with $20 million.
The final big release this weekend is the 2Pac biopic All Eyez On Me. Though the rapper is an icon, having been inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past April, word on the street is that this movie is a dud. In a crowded summer, it might be difficult for All Eyez On Me to find an audience without word of mouth. Look for a fourth place debut with $16 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Wonder Woman will fall to second place with $32 million, while The Mummy will continue to flounder, as it closed things out in fifth place with $14 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Cars – $65 million
2) Wonder Woman – $32 million
3) Rough Night – $20 million
4) All Eyez On Me – $16 million
5) The Mummy – $14 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!