We have an interesting weekend ahead of us with the latest Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill going up against Immortals. There’s also Puss in Boots still going strong and J. Edgar should be a lock for a spot in the top 5.
I’m not happy with this but I have to give Jack and Jill the upper hand here. Standing at an amazing 2% on Rotten Tomatoes, this would make crappy-movies-extraordinaire Uwe Boll blush. No matter how bad it looks (from previews) or really is (haven’t seen it) Jack and Jill has an extraordinary box office power behind it, and that power is called Adam Sandler. This guy has one of the most amazing track records in Hollywood and regardless what anyone else thinks of the quality of his movies (personally I’m a fan of his past works, the newer ones not so much), he constantly delivers at the box office. His luck won’t change with Jack and Jill and thanks to about $28 million, it should take the top spot.
Puss in Boots still has a week before Happy Feet Two comes out so it should pull another $24 million over the weekend for an unexpected $106 million in 17 days.
Immortals is the second new release of the week. Starring Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), this R-rated epic aims to recapture what made 300 so popular way back in 2006. Unfortunately for Relativity Media, having a bunch of 300 producers behind Immortals is not the way to do that. At least director Tarsem got the look right but for everything else we’ll have to wait. I’m expecting $18 million for Immortals, just slightly above the opening of The Cell (2000), Tarsem’s highest grosser yet.
Tower Heist should finish in 4th with $14 million while the last new wide release of the week, J. Edgar, starring Leonardo and directed by Clint Eastwood, might gross $12 million. Reviews have not been too kind with this movie so the prospect of box office legs is looking rather slim.
Next week Happy Feet Two and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 open so things should finally start to move the way we expect them to move in November. In other words, big numbers at the box office.