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Ouija: Origin of Evil looks to take out Jack Reacher, Madea this weekend

We’re heading into Halloween horror film time, and there’s a big new release looking for your dollars this weekend. Will it hit the big money, or will one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars spoil the fun. Here’s our prediction:

Ouija: Origin of Evil is a sequel to the 2014 original that managed to make $50 million during its release. While no huge names are attached to this follow-up, there’s some decent buzz surrounding the film, which is said to be quite scary, even for a PG-13 rated movie. People want to get their horror on as October comes to a close, and this is the movie that will help them do it. Look for a first place showing with $23 million.

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Will “The Accountant” Add Up This Weekend?

Will The Girl on the Train hold on to the top spot at the box office again this week, or will a numbers man step into number one? Here’s our prediction:


The Accountant is a new hit man film starring Ben Affleck, who was considered to be the best part of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This matters because, even though the film took a drubbing from critics, Affleck got strong notices and really doesn’t have to worry about any blow back effecting his latest offering. Plus, the guy is a star and has the ability to open a film. Look for a first place debut with $20 million.

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Matthew Slows Her Down, But “The Girl on the Train” Still Wins The Weekend


High winds took a bite out of the weekend, Hurricane Matthew knocking nearly 10% off the weekend’s box office totals, compared to last year. But The Girl on the Train was the engine that could, topping the weekend grosses handily.

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The Girl on the Train looks to punch its ticket this box office weekend


This weekend’s shaping up to be a little all over the place, with slaves, trains and hurricanes. Nate Parker’s controversial, critically-acclaimed The Birth of a Nation is taking on Tate Taylor’s thriller The Girl on the Train, but Hurricane Matthew might have something to say before the weekend box office is tallied up. Close the storm windows, grab the candles and let’s head to the cellar to figure this all out.

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“Miss Peregrine” Schools the Box Office Competition

This week saw the debut of the latest film from Tim Burton at the top of the box office, though the numbers were far from jaw-dropping. Here’s what went down:

Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children debut in first place this weekend with an estimated $27 million. While not a total disaster, considering the film’s budget is an estimated $110 million, the odds of the film making its money back in North America are pretty much slim to none. Burton might want to get moving on a Beetlejuice sequel sooner than later if he’s looking for a reversal of his box office fortunes.

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Will Miss Peregrine find a home at the top of the box office?

One film is guaranteed the number one spot at the box office this weekend, but the question is how much will it make, and will that number be significant or simply so-so. Here’s our prediction:


Tim Burton had a built-in fan base, especially when goes weird, so his new film, an adaptation of the 2012 children’s novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, definitely has that going for it. However, few would disagree that the director has lost some of his mojo over recent years (not to mention his box office clout as well), and with middling reviews so far, Miss Peregrine’s is far from a surefire box office hit. Look for a first place showing with $32 million, which will be a decent start, but with a budget of $110 million, not the one the studio will be looking for.

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The Magnificent Seven ride to the top of the box office

Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington were a wild and winning combination this weekend at the box office, as their new film scored with audiences. Here’s what went down:


The Magnificent Seven proved to big a hit, debuting in first place at the box office with a strong $35.4 million. This showing is director Antoine Fuqua’s biggest opening ever, and the second best western debut after Cowboys and Aliens $36 million (and you could argue that that film was more science fiction than western). The Magnificent Seven had a budget of $70 million and should wind up a profitable endeavour by the time its run is complete.  Read the rest of this entry

The Magnificent Seven shooting for the top of the box office

Will a high profile remake of a classic western find favour with an audience this weekend, or will families see what the stork delivers? Here’s our prediction:

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the classic 1960 western, with an incredible cast that reunites Training Day director Antoine Fuqua with his stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Throw in recently minted mega-star Chris Pratt and you have all the makings of a big hit. Even with some lacklustre reviews, the names attached here are big enough to guarantee a solid opening weekend. Look for The Magnificent Seven to debut in first place with $48 million.

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Blair Witch, Bridget Jones both bomb at the box office

It was a complete and utter disaster at the box office for one big new release this weekend. When we’re wrong, we go balls out wrong. Here’s what went down:


For the second weekend in a row, Sully was number one at the box office, bringing in an estimated $22 million. The film has now brought in $70 million, making back its budget and giving Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood a nice little hit on their hands.

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Will you go back in the woods with Blair Witch?

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.

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