I smell a bunch of turkeys headed our way (not real turkeys, I mean bad movies with mediocre box office), yeah sure, Battle: Los Angeles will get action junkies to pay for a ticket (or two) but come April this will already be forgotten just like everything else that came out this year, minus Rango (hopefully). More after the break.
Battle: Los Angeles comes into 3417 theaters from Sony hoping to be that next alien invasion movie that can make Independence Day proud or at least match District 9 (talking box office here, quality wise it would be the other way). My gut says it will fail at both with only $32 million this weekend and no more then $80-90 million total. I expect international numbers to be higher so in the end, if this really did cost only $70 million to produce, it will make some money back.
Rango should be 2nd with about $26 million for a 10-day total of $71 million or more.
The other new opener, Mars Needs Moms, an animated flick distributed by Disney into 3117 theaters is not getting a lot of buzz around it and of the two, Rango (already in theaters) is looking like a much better offering for families. So I say $15 million but don’t take my word for this since this would not be the first animated movie I underestimated this year (read Gnomeo and Juliet).
4th place belongs to The Adjustment Bureau with $13 million because this has showed decent legs during weekdays so I’m not expecting a big drop.
Finally all the way down to 5th place we might find Red Riding Hood coming from Warner Bros. in 3030 theaters and presenting the classic story in a different and darker way (so they say). Right now this is at 8% on Rotten Tomatoes so it is almost universally panned by critics (and probably for good reasons). So without much more in the way of words I will just say $12 million.
Next week Relativity goes all out with Bradley Copper in Limitless, Lionsgate offers us The Lincoln Lawyer with Matthew McConaughey (shirtless lawyer maybe) while Universal sends us on a road trip with Paul (hint: he is an alien) starring British comedy duo Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.