Yeah, you know it’s going to be an bad weekend when the most anticipated movie is a re-release of an 8 month old blockbuster with 8 extra never-before-seen minutes added to the mix, in IMAX for the last time (or so they want you to believe).
While Avatar: Special Edition (from now on simply called Avatar SE) is the highlight of the weekend, it probably won’t also be number one. Coming out (again) in 812 theaters (3D and IMAX 3D only) Avatar SE is expected to gross around $8 million or so, but then again, Avatar was only expected to gross a heck of a lot less then it did, so who knows. If there’s one movie you don’t underestimate, it’s Avatar. Even more so for this cause this is a Special Edition, get it, it’s Special.
Then we have The Exorcism of someone, I personally lost count. Oh wait, this is supposed to be The Last Exorcism, now I get it. Coming out in 2874 theaters, $14 million or so is what I’m seeing, good for number one, easy. Come on, this is pathetic, like last weekend pathetic times 2. But hey, 69% on RottenTomatoes says this movie ain’t actually bad, so I might eat my words in a few days/weeks.
And finally we got this movie Takers, and yeah, it’s about a bunch of guys that want to take something, go figure. This is in 2206 theaters and might be looking at probably $10 million for a second place finish.
In 3rd place we should be getting The Expendables with $9 million for an $81 million tally in just half a month. Then I guess Sly wasn’t half mad when he started working on The Expendables 2 even before the first one came out (oh, and he has plans for a 3rd one also).
In 4th and 5th place we will have the battle of the ages (not), Julia Roberts (Eat Prey Love) and 8 extra never-before-seen minutes of blue people (Avatar SE), both aiming for $8 million.
Other note worthy events for the weekend are the fact that Inception is going to pass $270 million in North America and Toy Story 3 the $1 billion mark worldwide today (so technically, it’s not there yet cause we don’t have any official numbers until tomorrow, so Liam, I know Deadline and Disney said it, but it didn’t happen yet, not officially, and yes, I know this is just me being a giant douche cause I wanted to write about it and you took away from me the single most note worthy event of the week).