Another weekend, another batch of new movies, this time Despicable Me and Predators.
Despicable Me, the latest effort from Universal to tap into the gold mine that animated movies have become in the past decade (since computer animation took over), debuts into 3474 theaters and is looking to surpass The Tale of Despereaux ($50.8 million, Christmas 2008) as the studio’s biggest computer animated movie to date. With a 79% RottenTomato average so far, this looks like it might have something to say, and who knows, it could become this year’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I see around $30-35 million for the weekend in a tight race for first place with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse that should also finish around $30 million.
Predators, from Fox opening in 2669 theaters, is trying to be a love letter to fans of the classic 1987 Predator staring good old Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger and so far based on what critics say (surprisingly 63% after 115 reviews counted on RottenTomatoes) it might just be that, the long lost sequel that we always wanted could finally be here. So I say $24 million this weekend and a good shot at making around $60-70 million in total at the North American box office. And yes, the name Predators is a homage to Aliens, the sequel to Alien.
Toy Story 3 keeps on having fantastic weekdays and is headed for around $20 million this weekend while Grown Ups will pass the $100 million mark before the end of Sunday, thus becoming the 11th movie in the career of Adam Sandler to reach that high.
Finally The Last Airbender should bring in another $16-17 million or so over the weekend for a total of probably $100 million in 11 days. Looking at the reviews and most of the fans reactions, I’m sure Paramount must be happy that none of those had a huge effect on the tickets they managed to sell so far, but it will from now on and I don’t think The Last Airbender will finish its box office run with more then $140 million, if that.
- Despicable Me (Uni) $34 million (NEW)
- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Sum) $31 million ($234,6M)
- Predators (Fox) $24 million (NEW)
- Toy Story 3 (BV) $20 million ($338.2M)
- The Last Airbender (Par) $17 million ($100M)