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Weekend Preview: Couples Retreat? Couples, Retreat!

October 9, 2009

My computer just got fixed!  Blogging can now resume as regularly scheduled.  First on the docket?  A Weekend Preview video of course!  There’s only one new release this weekend, and that’s Universal’s Couples Retreat, and it should do pretty well at the box office.  Considering its only competition is a an animated kids movie (Cloudy) and a zombie flick (Zombieland), I’m thinking Couples Retreat can find a pretty solid $23 million weekend.  Go ahead and watch the video, and then click inside to see my full box office predictions.

By the way, that good article about Paranormal Activity I was talking about is here.

Box Office Predictions for October 9-11, 2009
Rank Movie Theaters Predicted Gross
1 Couples Retreat 3,000 $23 million
2 Zombieland 3,038 $15 million
3 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2,992 $11 million
4 Toy Story / Toy Story (3D) 1,752 $7 million
5 Surrogates 2,992 $4.1 million
6 The Invention Of Lying 1,743 $4.1 million
7 Capitalism: A Love Story 995 $3.5 million
8 Whip It 1,738 $3.3 million
9 Fame 3,110 $2.3 million
10 The Informant! 2,202 $2.2 million
11 Love Happens 1,895 $1.9 million
12 Paranormal Activity 159 $1.8 million

Weekend Fix: In Its 2nd Weekend, Meatballs Earns As Much As Surrogates And Fame Combined!

September 27, 2009

Friday Estimates: Surrogates Sits Beneath A Cloudy Sky; Fame And Pandorum Are In A Storm

September 26, 2009

Early Friday Estimates are in, so come on in here and see how the weekend box office is shaping up!

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
It looks like Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs will being sitting on top of the box office again this weekend.  With $5.5 million on Friday, expect the weekend multiplier to be very strong, since this is a family movie, which tend to thrive on Saturdays and Sundays.  Cloudy could be headed for a $20 million weekend.

Surrogates

The Buena Vista thriller found $5.1 million on Friday.  It should finish right in line with my prediction, earning about $15 million over the weekend frame.

Fame

The musical remake couldn’t live up to its name, scoring a mere $3.8 million on Friday.  This has to be disappointing result for MGM.  Give it $10 million for the weekend.

The Informant
This held up very well this weekend, earning $2.2 million on Friday.  A $7 million weekend seems to be in store for the Matt Damon film.

Pandorum

Dennis Quaid’s sci-fi film undercut my already low prediction.  With $1.5 million on Friday, Pandorum can probably only beam up $4.4 million this weekend.

Here are the estimates from Steve Mason’s SMOG.

EXCLUSIVE STEVE MASON EARLY FRIDAY ESTIMATES FOR 9/25-27
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony) – $5.5M
2. Surrogates (Disney) – $5.1M
3. Fame (MGM) – $3.8M
4. The Informant! (Warner Bros) – $2.2M  
5. I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Lionsgate) – $1.65M
6.  Pandorum (Overture) – $1.5M

Be sure to check back here on Sunday for the Weekend Fix, where you can watch my video recap of this weekend’s box office. BTW, you can see my YouTube channel here. There you can subscribe to my videos to see them as soon as their posted.

Weekend Preview: Can "Surrogates" Find More "Fame" Than "Meatballs?"

September 25, 2009

The final weekend of September marks the end of the dreck that studios dump upon the moviegoing public and the official start to the Fall box office season.  This week, Surrogates, Fame, and Pandorum (all one word titles…interesting) hit theaters, but really, only Surrogates has a shot at the top spot.

Alright, I address the new releases in the video above, so let me take a brief moment to discuss holdovers.  With no competition in sight, and very positive word-of-mouth on its side, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs should see a very soft decline of around the 33%.  The Informant, because it caters to an adult audience will not see too harsh of a weekend drop, but its box office performance has already proven fairly underwhelming.  A 45% drop would give it $6.2 million for the weekend.  Love Happens will continue to prove that romantic comedies, no matter how bad they are, usually hold up well week-to-week at the box office. A 40% drop would give the Jennifer Aniston sobfest $5.2 million for the weekend.  Jennifer’s Body would probably see a drop of about 60%, but it’s adding138 theaters to its count, which will soften the blow a bit.  A 55% drop will give the Megan Fox horror comedy $3.2 million.  Here’s the full chart:

Box Office Predictions for September 25-27, 2009

Movie Theaters Predicted Gross
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 3,119 $20 million
Surrogates 2,951 $15 million
Fame 3,096 $14 million
Pandorum 2,506 $6.5 million
The Informant! 2,505 $6.2 million
Love Happens 1,898 $5.2 million
I Can Do Bad All By Myself 2,120 $4.9 million
Jennifer’s Body 2,738 $3.2 million
9 2,025 $2.8 million
Inglorious Basterds 1,960 $2.3 million