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New Releases Look to Take Down ‘Jumanji’ at the Box Office

Liam Neeson has a very specific set of skills, and he’s going to be plying them at the box office this weekend. Will he take over the top spot? Here’s our prediction:

The Commuter is yet another film starring Liam Neeson as an action star. Is the schtick getting old? Judging by the lack of real hype surrounding this film, the answer is probably yes. Though he has an audience, there’s likely not enough of them of that moment to give the film a big arrival. Look for a fifth place showing with $14.5 million.

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“Moana” Holds Strong at the Weekend Box Office

Even though there were no new major releases out this weekend, it didn’t matter for the bottom line, as last week’s holdovers managed to bring in solid numbers. Here’s what went down:

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Disney’s Moana had a solid second weekend in release, bringing in an estimated $29 million. This raises the film’s total to $120 million. The film is definitely on track to cross the $200 million mark and, depending on how other films play out, it could get up to $250 million

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them held on to second place with $16 million. The film currently sits at $180 million, and should have no issues making it over $200 million. Though some were sceptical about the lack of known characters in the film, clearly Harry Potter fans came out to return to the world.  Read the rest of this entry

Gasp! “Don’t Breathe” Survives at the Top; “Suicide Squad” Keeps Grinding it Out


Biff Bam Pop maestro Andy Burns is having a blast at Fan Expo (see J.P. Fallavolita’s essential strategy guide to Fan Expo survival). So I’m tackling the weekend box office predictions this time around. On Friday, I posed the question could Suicide Squad crawl back on top during the slow Labour Day weekend? My guess was no, betting that the horror flick Don’t Breathe would top the weekend, as well as Suicide Squad. So how did I do?
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Can Zootopia and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Dethrone Deadpool?

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Hey folks, Glenn Walker here, editor-in-chief Andy Burns who usually does the weekly Box Office Predictions, is out of town, so I will be giving this a shot. Remember, folks, I’m not a gambler, or a psychic, and kids, don’t try this at home. Box office predictin’ is dangerous business.

This weekend brings Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Zootopia, and London Has Fallen, as well as The Other Side of the Door into theaters. Can Deadpool hold on to its lead for a third weekend in a row? Let’s see what my guesses are, after the jump.

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Will audiences Love The Coopers this weekend?

Two big new releases want you to give them their money this weekend, but will last week’s heroes continue to have some legs? Here’s our predictions:

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With American Thanksgiving coming up, and then Christmas right behind it, it should come as no surprise that we’ve got the first of the 2015 holiday film entries hitting this weekend. Love The Coopers features an ensemble cast that includes John Goodman, Diane Keaton and Olivia Wilde and should appeal to the family set looking to get into the spirit. However, though the acting pedigree is solid, Love The Coopers has no real box office draws to make it a must see, and still has to contend with a few other heavy hitters. Look for a third place debut with $15 million.

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Spectre and The Peanuts Movie both have solid debuts this weekend

The early box office numbers are in and, as predicted, both new releases had very strong openings. Here’s what went down:

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Spectre, the new James Bond film that could prove to be the final instalment with Daniel Craig, opened in the top spot with an estimated $72.5 million. That’s an excellent number, though not quite where Skyfall was when it hit theaters back  in 2012. That film debut with $88.3 million, but it also hand stronger reviews going for it, along with a big hit single courtesy of Adele. Spectre has an alleged budget of $200 million +, so it’s going to have to perform extremely well both in North America and overseas to be considered a financial success. It remains to see if it can do it. I saw Spectre Friday night and I have to say, while I enjoyed a lot of the action set pieces, I thought the film was slower than previous Craig entries in the series, with far too much exposition trying to tie his four films all together. Credit to Dave Bautista for his performance as the physical heavy of the film, and I also enjoyed Christoph Waltz as Blofeld, but overall I thought Spectre was a lacklustre entry into the series. Read the rest of this entry

Will Straight Outta Compton go straight to number one?

This weekend sees the release of two radically different films, courting two radically different audiences. Which one will come out on top? Here’s our prediction:

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Straight Outta Compton is the true life story of NWA, one of the most notorious and influential bands in the history of hip-hop. In that regard, this film is to rap what a film about Led Zeppelin would be to rock. Awareness is high (has anyone seen any Straight Outta Compton memes lately?) and critics have been giving the film top marks. Considering the band’s legacy and crossover appeal, look for Straight Outta Compton to be one of the biggest bio-picks of all time. It should easily hit the number one position with $60 million.

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Taken 3 Looks To Take The Money: Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Taken3 PosterIt’s the early days of the year and that means we’re well into awards season. Films that believe they’ll be getting some kind of honour are expanding into more theatres after a limited run while other, well regarded films, are coming back for second engagements.

Still others seem to have always been there critical darlings waiting for you to see them after reading a “Best of” column on the web over the holidays.

But that doesn’t mean action and suspense won’t rule at the box office. Follow me after the jump for this weekend’s box office predictions!

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Epic Fantasy or Fairy Tales? Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Box Office Predictions

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The weekend this time around technically started earlier this week with Christmas, so the battle has already begun. Joining the reigning king, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and its competition from last week, the second sequel to Night at the Museum and the latest remake of Annie, are Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, the big screen adaptation of Into the Woods, crime drama The Gambler, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, and even a limited release of the controversial The Interview. Meet me after the jump to see how the folks here at Biff Bam Pop! are thinking it will look when the dust clears at the end of the weekend.

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Fury Over Gone Girl: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

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Our Box Office Predictions from a few days back had Gone Girl remaining at the top of the heap over Brad Pitt’s new war flick, Fury. Did Brad flip the script on Ben? And what kind of competition did the Books, Bad Days, and Beginning Vampires put up against the big two? Find out after the jump!

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