We have a decent line-up today with four new flicks coming out starting with the biggest of the bunch and ironically, the cheapest, Paranormal Activity 3. Yep, the series that started so small is now a trilogy and number 4 is definitely on the horizon. Johnny English Reborn, The Three Musketeers and The Mighty Macs also open wide today.
A year ago Paranormal Activity 2 opened with $40.6 million and went on to gross $84.7 million in North America, quite a bit less than the $107.9 million made by Paranormal Activity in 2009. Now even if Paranormal Activity 3 opens with half that it should still be extremely profitable since it didn’t cost more than $5 million to produce. Paramount knows what they have here, this property won’t be here forever so they plan on milking it as much as they possibly can and who can blame them, really. I can see a $30 million opening weekend for Paranormal Activity 3 and obviously first place.
The Three Musketeers, the latest adaptation of the famous Alexandre Dumas novel, now in 3D, comes from director Paul W.S. Anderson of Resident Evil fame, so we can expect at least some decent action scenes. Interest doesn’t seem to be all that high for this flick so I’m going to say $15 million is what this will do for 2nd place.
Real Steel should have a tiny lead on Footloose for 3rd place. Both should hover around $9 million. Johnny English Reborn, the latest Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) flick to hit US shores, won’t match the $9.1 million opening of the original Johnny English from 2003. A $7 million opening and 5th place is most likely here.
The last new wide release of the weekend, The Mighty Macs, won’t have an easy time trying to reach the top 10. The movie won’t see more than $1.5 million this weekend considering it only opens in a few theaters and there has been little to no marketing campaign for it.
Next week Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in the sci-fi thriller In Time, Antonio Banderas lends his voice once again for Puss in Boots in his very own movie, and Johnny Deep is pretty much his awesome self in The Rum Diary, a movie that has been a long time coming.