Good collection of movies coming out this weekend and at least two of them are looking solid, namely animated flick Rango and sci-fi thriller The Adjustment Bureau. This month might have a lot going for it, hopefully that should translate to higher box office numbers cause I just about had enough of talking about movies scoring 1st place with $14 million openings.
Rango comes out in 3917 theaters and is the widest release of 2011 so far. Based on a story by Gore Verbinsky (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), also directed by him and having Johnny Depp lend his voice to the main character, Paramount must be hoping for some good money here. Industrial Light & Magic took care of the CGI (concept and rendering from start to finish) with a budget of around $135 million sans 3D (yes, an animated movies in 2011 without 3D, talk about being different). Reviews are good, buzz is good, hopefully numbers will be great but right now I’m expecting around $42 million for 1st place, similar to what How to Train Your Dragon made about 1 year ago.
For 2nd place there is absolutely no competition for The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. This flick was initially supposed to come out in the middle of September last year so we’ve been seeing trailer for almost a year now. $21 million for should be about right.
Gnomeo and Juliet might return to 3rd place after failing to capture the top spot twice in a row, $8 million.
Take Me Home Tonight is the 3rd movie opening this weekend in 2003 theaters. This motion picture has been sitting on a shelve at Universal for about 3 years until Relativity Media’s Rogue Pictures aquired it for $10 million. If this ends up making over $20 million in North America then it will be a good bet made by Rogue. 4th place and $7.5 million is what I’m going for.
The King’s Speech will add another $7 million to its already generous tally for 5th place while the 4th new wide release of the weekend, Beastly (good old almost constantly failing CBS Films) is going to be 6th with $6.5 million.
Next weekend Sony serve us another alien invasion in Battle: Los Angeles, Disney says Mars Needs Moms while Warner Bros. takes on Red Riding Hood, Twilight style.