A lot of Natalie Portman this year starting with No Strings Attached, one of two new movies opening wide this weekend. The Way Back is the other, a drama by Master and Commander and The Truman Show director Peter Weir which stars a bunch of well known actors, but more after the break.
Coming in 3018 theaters and riding on the success Natalie Portman had with Black Swan, No Strings Attached, an R-rated romantic comedy also starring Ashton Kutcher. This rom-com should rise to something like $20 million and first place over the weekend.
In 2nd place, former leader The Green Hornet will have a decent drop of 50% or so for $15 million and over $60 million in 10 days, not bad but certainly not what was expected of a movie like this. But then again, this is the Green Hornet, not Batman.
The Dilemma will come in 3nd place with 9 million and this is yet another disappointment for Universal Pictures. On the other side of the ring we have anything but a disappointment, True Grit, the amazing western that keeps on giving to Paramount, good for 4th place with $8 million for a total of around $139 million in little over 1 month.
In 5th place we will see a movie I just recently got the chance to see, The King’s Speech, nothing short of a fantastic piece of filmmaking that fortunately also sports great box office numbers. It should do about $7 million for over $56 million so far on a $15 million budget.
Usually I don’t go out of the top 5 but this time I will make an exception because we have yet another Natalie Portman movie, Black Swan, doing great business with probably $6 million for 6th place and over $83 million in total with a great shot at going over $100 million when all is said and done. This is now by far the highest grossing movie of the very talented director Darren Aronofsky that also did The Wrestler 2 years ago among other movies. His latest project is The Wolverine, yeap, good times for X-Men fans.
Finally in 9th or 10th place with $3 million we will see The Way Back. This is mostly because it will open in just 650 theaters, hardly what you would call a real wide release but still, have to mention it.
Next week Jason Statham goes all action-star on us in The Mechanic while Anthony Hopkins is still creepy as hell in The Rite.