Who would have thought a few months ago that Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol could become the “must see” movie of the holiday season? This upcoming weekend we also have a feel bad flick, something with a zoo, two Spielberg films, and an alien invasion.
Yes, on Christmas weekend we have five new wide releases and two more expanding. We’ll start with expanding Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the 4th entry in the long-running Tom Cruise series. After an impressive limited run last weekend, Ghost Protocol is aiming for a $32 million take that should put the film at $64 million after Sunday. For now Ghost Protocol is headed for a final total of $160-180 million in North America.
New entry The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the best-selling Swedish crime novel (that already saw a Swedish adaptation less than three years ago), opened on Tuesday night and has earned almost $10 million so far. This weekend the “feel bad movie of Christmas” should gross $24 million for 2nd place.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will fall to 3rd place with $18 million and a total of $77 million after 10 days. That’s way behind Sherlock Holmes‘ $138.7 after 10 days. The good news here is A Game of Shadows still has at least eight more strong holiday days while the original as opposed to the original which opened on Christmas Day.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked could make another $15 million for over $51 million in 10 days or almost a third of the previous Chipmunks movie at the same point two years ago.
We Bought a Zoo opens today and it has a shot at 5th place if it can make $13 million or more and I think it could. It’s a nice family film and under normal circumstance it should achieve that opening.
The Adventures of Tintin opened on Wednesday and has grossed almost $5 million in two days, definitely underwhelming for the Steven Spielberg flick. This weekend it has a chance for redemption but I can’t see it with more than $12 million, only 6th place unfortunately. Good thing it has already made $240 million around the world already.
The last new entries are Spielberg’s War Horse and the Summit Entertainment’s alien invasion flick The Darkest Hour, both opening on Christmas Day, so only a single day of the weekend. I’m predicting around $10 million for War Horse and $6 million for The Darkest Hour in 7th and 8th place.
New Year’s Eve and The Sitter should round up the top 10 and in case you were wondering, the other movie going wide this weekend is My Week with Marylin in 602 theaters. In limited release the movie made $6.3 million thus far.
Next weekend is New Year’s Eve and we have absolutely no new nationwide release.