The Bounty Hunter goes after first place this weekend but Alice in Wonderland is here to stay for a 3rd consecutive win. After the amazing hold it managed a week ago I can only expect good things from the last big 3D weekend of Alice (How to Train Your Dragon opens wide in 3D next Friday).
Lets find out what we can expect from the wide releases this weekend, The Bounty Hunter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Repo Man and also The Ghost Writer going wide after one month in limited release.
The Bounty Hunter opens in 3,074 theaters and is an action-comedy from Sony-Columbia starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston. PG-13, 106 minutes and an awful 7% rating on RottenTomatoes. Even so I expect around $20 million from it this weekend, both Butler and Aniston are bankable actors and regardless of what critics have to say people will come see them.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid opening in 3077 theaters seems to be a somewhat better received movie by the media with 52% on RottenTomatoes. This is based on a bestselling source material and stars a few actors that I can’t really call bankable in any way. Personally I haven’t even seen a full trailer for this movie but based on the way Fox has been pushing it lately I guess this could open around $14 million.
And then comes Repo Man, a Sci-Fi action movie starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker that I think won’t hit the mark Universal expected from it. The ratings don’t help either, 21% on RottenTomatoes. From all the new comers this weekend Repo would probably be the only one I’d pay to see (but I won’t) and I think I’m not alone in thinking this (and who knows, some people might actually go), unfortunately this looks to be dead on arrival, $10-$12 million.
The Ghost Writer might crack the top 10 this with the 819 theaters it will have starting Friday.
Here’s a rundown of what the top 5 might look like:
- Alice in Wonderland (BuenaVista) $42M ($273.2M)
- The Bounty Hunter (Sony-Columbia) $21M (NEW)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Fox) $13.5M (NEW)
- Repo Man (Universal) $12M (NEW)
- Green Zone (Universal) $6.5M ($25.2M)
What are your thoughts on the top 5 this weekend?