Category: Box office battle


Clint Eastwood adapts a hit musical while a sequel to “Think Like A Man” also hits theaters. Who will come out on top?

“Think Like A Man Too”, from director Tim Story, hits theaters two years after the first one surprised many by opening to $33 million. This one stars Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Adam Brody, Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”). Oh yeah. And a little known comic named Kevin Hart.

The film moves its location to Las Vegas, always a smart choice for a comedy (“The Hangover”, “Last Vegas”, “What Happens in Vegas”, etc.) and this one will benefit from a summer opening. “The Best Man Holiday”, also a sequel, earned more than $30 million about the same amount of theaters as this one. Expect this one to be in the same range.

Opening weekend: $35-40 million.

On paper, Clint Eastwood plus “Jersey Boys”, an award-winning musical, should equal Oscar bait, right?

Clearly not, because Warner Brothers is releasing this one in the summer, not the fall. The last musical they released during the summer was “Rock of Ages” with Tom Cruise and a host of others. That movie bombed. And I can’t see this one doing much better. In fact, it might do worse.

The film brings much of the stage cast with it, and adds Christopher Walken to the mix. But, this is going to have limited appeal. I don’t see many young people seeing this film. And Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons aren’t the Beatles. Their appeal to people from that generation are also much more limited. On a side note, it can also be argued Eastwood’s last few outings, including “J. Edgar”, “Trouble With The Curve” and “Grand Torino” haven’t been up to par either.

Opening weekend: $10-15 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

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Surprising news emerged yesterday as Warner Brothers announced that “Jupiter Ascending”, due out in less than two months in July, would be delayed until February 6, 2015. It’s rare for movies to be delayed within six months of release. But less than two months? Should fans be worried? Let’s find out.

The reason: Officially, WB said it’s because they need more time to finish special effects. Frankly, I find that hard to believe. You’d think the studio would know a lot sooner the film wouldn’t finish in time. The bigger issue may come in the form of a new release hitting theaters this weekend.

“Edge of Tomorrow”, starring Tom Cruise, is being released in the U.S. on Friday. It’s getting great reviews (currently at 91 percent at Rotten Tomatoes), but it’s underperforming greatly overseas and there’s a sense that the movie will be a misfire domestically. Coupled with a lack of overall buzz for “Jupiter Ascending”, and the more likely scenario is WB is getting cold feet and doesn’t want to have two big budget sci-fi bombs in the same summer.

Why you should be worried: It’s almost never a good sign to see movies be delayed, especially to a time of year when most studios dump films that aren’t very good at. And a delay like this harkens back to films like “47 Ronin” where, despite all the damage control that studio tried to do, the film just suffered from issues on set and wasn’t very good.

Why you should be optimistic: There are a number of reasons to have faith. First, it’s opening the same weekend “The Lego Movie” came out, which is still this year’s highest grossing film (though not for long). “World War Z”, starring Brad Pitt, had its share of production problems, yet was successful both commercially and critically. And “Jupiter Ascending” stars two bright, young stars in Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.

I thought the trailers have all looked very good so far. In short, there’s a lot of potential here and perhaps WB is just setting up “Jupiter Ascending” as the first blockbuster of 2015.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” underperformed at the domestic box office. But a big opening day in China, where it earned $9 million, or more than any other film Warner Brothers has made in a single day there, has talks of a sequel becoming much more realistic. Del Toro event teased a possible mash up with Godzilla…Fingers crossed.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

With the limited access to computers I’ll be having over this week and next this will be an abbreviated version of the Box office battle.

This week, four films hit theaters. Will any break out?

“Turbo” features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg and more. And it’s premise about a racing slug has the possibility of attracting the same kind of crowd that Pixar’s “Cars” brought in. But, it’s being released after “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2” and with the much more anticipated (ugh) “The Smurfs 2” still to come, one has to wonder if this will be the odd animated film left out. Still, it still should do better than say “Rise of the Guardians” but probably not by much.

Opening weekend: $30-35 million

James Wan is back with “The Conjuring”. The director of “Saw” and “Insidious” has Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga starring in this film, which is gaining a ton of buzz about how scary it is. It’s not opening in as many theaters as the other films, but this one could make a strong play for first place.

Opening weekend: $28-33 million

“RED 2” stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough. But the star power won’t help this film. The first film opened to $21 million on its way to $90 million domestically and nearly $200 million worldwide. I doubt it matches those numbers domestically as many view it as an unnecessary sequel to an OK first film, though it should open around the same level.

Opening weekend: $20-25 million

Finally we have “R.I.P.D.” The presence of Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds won’t help this film escape its “Men in Black” knockoff feel and, frankly, it looks like this summer’s “Jonah Hex”. Never a good thing.

Opening weekend: $10-15 million

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Giant robots and Adam Sandler couldn’t stop “Despicable Me 2”, which topped the box office for a second weekend in a row. The animated sequel earned $44.7 million. Adam Sandler had the second biggest opening of his career with “Grown Ups 2”, which also features Kevin James, David Spade, Taylor Lautner and more with $42 million. Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” opened with $38 million, a disappointing debut for the monster/robot film.
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On one hand, one of the most creative and best filmmakers out there comes out with his homage to monster movies, anime and giant robots. On the other hand we have…Adam Sandler. Who will come out on top?

It pains me to say this, but “Grown Ups 2” will do better than “Pacific Rim”. For some reason, Sandler continues to have his fans, despite his movies, for the most part, declining in quality through the years. This one sees Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade return. The last film opened to around $40 million and expect a similar audience this time around.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

Unfortunately that means Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” will be left in the dust. People just don’t seem excited for this one, which is a sham since del Toro directed “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy”. To put it simply, this film looks epic. But won’t find an audience.

Opening weekend: $35-40 million

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Yes, sci fi fans. “Pacific Rim” is set to flop, losing to both Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups 2” and “Despicable Me 2”. But director Guillermo del Toro isn’t worried:

“I’m not a guy that plays inside baseball. My responsibility as a director is to be fiscally responsible and deliver a movie under budget and under schedule. I think we have an amazing movie — one I’ve seen connect with an audience like crazy. So it’s anyone’s guess what happens.”

That’s true. But, with all the films he wants to make like “Frankenstein” with Benedict Cumberbatch and “Hellboy 3” it’s going to be a little tougher to get those movies made.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It’s hard to feel bad for Disney. They own Marvel Studios, with “Iron Man 3” becoming one of the top grossing films of all time. They own Pixar and “Monsters University” earned more than $400 million worldwide so far. Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” earned nearly $500 million worldwide. And yet for all its success, the last two years it’s now home to two of the biggest bombs in recent memory. Last year, it was of course “John Carter”. From Pixar darling Andrew Stanton and starring Taylor Kitsch, the film lost $200 million. First, the good news for Disney. “The Lone Ranger” starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, isn’t expected to lose that much. The bad news? It could cost the studio $150 million if current box office projections hold. Makes you wonder if Disney will sever ties with Jerry Bruckheimer. He did bring the studio “Pirates of the Caribbean”, but also “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt and more, opened to $142 million over its first five days. That’s just higher than Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3”. Though it will see a stiff drop because of the holiday weekend being over, this film should get to $350 million and make a push for $400 million. Meanwhile, “The Lone Ranger” starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp struggled to $48.9 million over its first five days. That’s better than “Cowboys and Aliens”, but it failed to find the audience Disney was looking for. And with a budget of more than $200 million, this one doesn’t look good.

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On its first day of release, “Despicable Me 2” exceeded expectations, earning a little over $34 million its opening day. Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Benjamin Bratt, Kristen Wiig and more, that puts the film on pace for a huge opening this weekend. Meanwhile, Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer will be another disappointment, earning a little less than $10 million. This won’t be “Battleship” or “John Carter” bad but this one is bombing badly.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.