In the last weekend of 2007, the box office is primed for a highly lucrative three days. National Treasure: Book of Secrets will continue its dominance atop the charts, and the box office rankings should look extremely similar to the Christmas day charts since no new movies open on Friday. The lack of Friday openers is not a problem though- in the last ten days, nine movies have gone wide, so there will still be abundant business at the multiplex.
All of the returning films should hold almost exactly where they performed last weekend, and a few might even see a bump in their weekend grosses. National Treasure has got the top spot in the bag. A $42 million weekend would give the Disney film a great $130 million overall. Alvin and the Chipmunks (which just keeps making money!) and I Am Legend will be neck and neck for second place, each of them earning about $28 million, for totals of $140 million and $195 million, respectively.
Among the newcomers, Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem
should do the best. The gory extra-terrestrial thriller was slaughtered by critics
, but that didn’t stop super-enthusiastic fanboys from rushing out to see it on opening night. On Tuesday, AVP:R
opened with a terrific $9.5 million. But then it crumbled to $4.4 million on Wednesday, and then all the way down to $2.9 million on Thursday, This is a textbook case of a front-loaded geek movie, which starts strong and then falls fast. The next three days will probably be smaller than AVP:R
‘s first three days, and the Fox film should earn about $13 million, for a $30 million total.
Teen pregnancy comedy, Juno, has done wonderfully for itself, and it has been picking up steam as it continues to expand. Audiences love this movie. This week, it added $9 million to its overall total gross for a sweet $15.4 million total, and it should add another $8-9 million this weekend, which would give the indie Fox Searchlight film a fabulous $23 million total.
Walden Media and Sony’s, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
had an underwhelming opening week, earning just $7.6 million. Judging by the ads, the children’s fantasy did look quite bland, but the reviews
are actually very good. Nonetheless, it should continue to perform disappointingly, and The Water Horse
will pull in about $8 million for the weekend.
The Great Debaters
, Denzel Washington’s Oscar bait, has earned $7.2 million this week, with half of that total coming from its Christmas day gross. While this is good for the small film, it appears that this film might be a bit front-loaded as well, which leaves me asking, could Oprah have fanboys?! Reviews
are good, but excitement is low for The Great Debaters
, and it might rack up about $6.5 million.
Predicted Top 12 for December 28-30
1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets – $42 million
2. I Am Legend – $28 million
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks – $27.5 million
4. Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem – $13 million
5. Charlie Wilson’s War – $10 million
6. Juno – $8.5 million
7. The Water Horse – $8 million
8. Sweeney Todd – $8 million
9. P.S. I Love You – $7.5 million
10. The Great Debaters – $6.5 million
11. Enchanted – $6 million
12. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – $4 million