Only two wide releases this weekend, both comedies, Tower Heist and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. While Harold & Kumar should be headed for a nice opening with the added benefit of 3D tickets, Tower Heist is the safe bet when it comes to the top spot.
So why so much faith in Tower Heist? Well for starters it’s a comedy starring Ben Stiller. Then we have Eddie Murphy, once a huge box office draw, now finding success only in the Shrek movies as the voice of Donkey. I think this could be his comeback in the same way that it was for Tom Cruise with another Ben Stiller film, Tropic Thunder. Now granted, Eddie Murphy has a much bigger part in this flick. Besides the two leads, Tower Heist also stars Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and Tea Leoni among others. Infamous Brett Ratner directs this surprisingly fresh film on Rotten Tomatoes (68%) so I’ll definitely check it out sooner or later. Regarding a number, $30 million is what I think this will gross over the weekend, more than enough for the top spot.
2nd place will belong to either Puss in Boots or A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, both headed for $18 million or so. Regarding Harold & Kumar, this is the 3rd entry for the raunchy stoner comedy after the 2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and the 2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. First one opened with $5.4 million and went on to gross $18.2 million while the second had a $14.9 million debut and a $38.1 million total. With an $18 million opening, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas won’t be much of an improvement in terms of tickets sold.
Paranormal Activity 3 should be a solid 4th place with $10 million while In Time will have to settle for no more than $6 million for 5th place.
Next weekend Immortals face Jack and Jill in an epic battle of the ages. No matter who wins, we lose.