New Year’s Eve comes early this year at the box office courtesy of the latest Garry Marshall romantic comedy, follow-up to the 2010 hit Valentine’s Day, sporting a cast just as impressive as last time. Also Jonah Hill is ready to show us his box office chops leading a movie all alone for the very first time in The Sitter.
New Year’s Eve stars the following: Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert DeNiro, Halle Berry, Cary Elwes, Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers, Carla Gugino, Til Schweiger, Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and Hector Elizondo. Blink during the movie and you’ll probably miss someone. Sporting a glorious 6% on Rotten Tomatoes, quality is certainly not the strong point of this film. But who am I kidding, this is a date movie and couples of all ages will flock to see this feature over the coming month all the way to the start of January. Who’s going to watch a movie called New Year’s Eve in February, come on. Actually this is exactly what New Year’s Eve has over Valentine’s Day, 3 weeks before the holiday it tries to capitalize on instead of just a weekend. For that same reason it will open much lower then the $56.3 million made by Valentine’s Day, most likely half, so around $28 million. That being said New Year’s Eve will keep playing well over the coming weeks and probably finish close to the $110.4 million grossed by Valentine’s Day during its run in North America.
Fighting for 2nd place there isn’t anything else other than new entry The Sitter (unless it completely bombs). Starring Jonah Hill in an R-rated comedy about a babysitter (a movie we already saw a long time ago), The Sitter is aiming for $11 million or so.
Former three-times-in-a-row leader The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 will have to settle for 3rd place with $8.5 million for a 24-day total of $260 million, just $7 million behind New Moon (2009) at the same point in its run.
Hugo will be 4th with $7.5 million, basically the same number as last week, proving that the Martin Scorsese flick will have strong legs during the holiday. $35 million should be the new total here after 19 days.
Finally rounding up the top 5 is going to be The Muppets with $7 million and a total of $65.7 million after 19 days.
Next week we get a bit of a deja vu with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked finishing the fight started back in December 2009 when both previous entries opened the same week (Alvin won, $219.6 million versus $209 million).