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It’s a happy weekend for Happy Death Day at the box office

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, and this weekend, I was definitely off with my box office predictions. Here’s what went down:

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Lesson learned – never underestimate the power of Blumhouse. Their Halloween box office entry, Happy Death Day, had an outstanding opening this weekend, bringing in an estimated $26.5 million. This is the third win for the production company, following Split and Get Out. The PG-13 rating definitely helped get teens into the theatre, as did the Scream meets Groundhog Day concept. Reviews have been decent as well, and throw in the time of year, and it makes perfect sense that Happy Death Day was able to debut in the top spot at the box office.

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Can ‘Blade Runner 2049’ fend off newcomers at the box office?

Despite acclaim, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ arrives as a box office dud

Nostalgia and acclaim doesn’t equate big ratings – the critically beloved third season of Twin Peaks on Showtime demonstrated that on television. Now, the same has been proven this weekend at the box office. Here’s what went down:

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For all of the excitement and critical kudos that came with the arrival of Blade Runner 2049, the sequel many waited 35 years to see simply didn’t deliver in its first weekend at the box office. The Denis Villeneuve-directed film debut in the top spot, but could only deliver $31.5 million. There’s the thought that the nearly three-hour run time did the movie in here in North America, but more significantly, while the 1982 original has had impact and is a certifiable classic, its popularity is closer to a cult audience rather than a mainstream one. Star Wars: The Force Awakens this is not. Blade Runner 2049 cost over $150 million, a number that at this point it has absolutely no chance of making back in North America. Ultimately, while those who have seen have loved it, like the original, this film’s success financially is going to have to be made up after it’s off screens.

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Will Audiences See Things They Won’t Believe in ‘Blade Runner 2049’?

This weekend brings a long-awaited sequel that should have no problem cleaning up at the box office this weekend. But, just how well can a cult classic actually do in 2017? Here’s our prediction:

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35 years after the original Blade Runner changed movies and science fiction forever, Blade Runner 2049 takes us back into the world Ridley Scott first shared with us. Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard, along with newcomers Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista. This time out, Scott is executive producer, while Denis Villeneuve enters the ring as director. A better choice could not have been made – Villeneuve is a visionary director, as his work in Prisoners and Arrival has demonstrated. The reviews for Blade Runner 2049 have been absolutely glowing, and it currently sits at 92% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. However, the original film was never a box office hit, instead making its reputation over the years following its release. While it may be beloved, will that translate into a large audience? With Gosling and Ford’s star power, and Villeneuve’s reputation, I’d say yes. Look for Blade Runner 2049 to debut in first place with $50 million.

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‘It’, ‘Kingsman’, ‘American Made’ battle for the top spot at the box office

Apologies for the late wrap-up report. I was at Hamilton Comic Con today with my Little Princess, where we got to meet Ernie Hudson aka Winston Zedmore of Ghostbusters fame. I’m going to eschew analysis this week, because it’s be a long day.

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In a tight race for first place, it’s estimated that It has come out on top with $17.3 million. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is right behind it in second with $17 million, while Tom Cruise’s American Made is in third with an estimated $16.85 million, a low haul for a Cruise film that critics actually enjoyed quite a bit. The race between the three films could change when the actuals are out on Monday.

As for the rest of the top five, The LEGO Ninjago Movie was in fourth place with $12 million, while the 0% fresh Flatliners bombed big time at the box office, landing in fifth place with $6.7 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) It – $17 million
2) Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $16.5 million
3) American Made – $15 million
4) The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $10 million
5) Flatliners – $8 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) It – $17.3 million
2) Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $17 million
3) American Made – $16.85 million
4) The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $12million
5) Flatliners – $6.7 million

Next weekend sees the release of Blade Runner 2049. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

‘Flatliners’ and ‘American Made’ enter a crowded box office this weekend

It should be an interesting weekend at the box office, as two new releases that cater to the same audiences as recent hits are looking to make an impact. Will either of them deliver, or will the holdovers remain strong? Here are our predictions:

American Made is a new collaboration between Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman following the critical if not massive commercial success of Edge of Tomorrow. This crime film has already opened well overseas, but North America is a totally different beast, as Cruise has not had a strong run of late, especially with the lacklustre performances of both Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and The Mummy. Unfortunately, even with decent reviews, American Made is going to have a tough time winning over audiences who will likely choose Kingsman: The Golden Circle for their action fill. Look for a third place showing with $15 million.

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ debuts in 1st place at the box office

One franchise hits strong numbers, while another underperforms at the box office. Here’s what went down:

Kingsman: The Golden Circle had an excellent debut weekend, landing in first place with $39 million. That’s $3 million more than the original opened with in 2015, so while a huge improvement, it’s always a good thing when a sequel can open higher than its predecessor. In the case of Kingsman, it’s especially good, considering the reviews, while decent, haven’t been as strong as the first go-around.

It dropped to second place with $30 million, bringing its three week total to a fantastic $266.3 million. The film should have no problems crossing the $300 million mark sometime over the next two weeks.  Read the rest of this entry

Kingsman and The LEGO Ninjago Movie enter the box office battle

Two new movies are looking to taking down horror’s reigning king, and either one of them might just do it. Here’s our prediction:

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to the surprise Matthew Vaughn-directed hit from 2015. The cast is key here, with Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges as new additions to the action franchise bringing the hype to the goodwill the series has already generated. The trailers have been strong, and audiences are not doubt ready to see the character of Eggsy back in action. Look for Kingsman: The Golden Circle to debut in first place with $39 million.

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‘It’ holds off challengers to remain #1 at the box office

The biggest horror movie in decades continued to perform this weekend, holding off two new releases that could barely make an impact at the box office. Here’s what went down:

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It remained on top of the box office for the second week in a row, bringing in an estimated $60 million. That number is incredible, as it shows only a 51% drop from its opening weekend debut, meaning that It is appealing to mass numbers and not just the usual horror movie fans. The film’s total sits at $218.7 million, making it the biggest September release in film history.

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‘American Assassin’ and ‘mother!’ challenge ‘It’ at the box office

It’s going to be as big weekend at the box office, as two new releases are looking to take down last week’s massive number one. Will either of them be able to do it? Here’s our prediction:

American Assassin is based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel about a 23 year old orphan who is enlisted by the CIA to become a black ops recruit. The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Latham and Taylor Kitsch, all of whom, apart from Keaton who is currently riding a career resurgence, can’t open a film, even one with a built-in audience thanks to the success of the book. The film will have to settle for a second place showing with $12.5 million.

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