New weekend, new movies, this time crappy comedy Zookeeper (we all saw it from a mile away) and R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses. Those are the contenders, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the champ fighting to stay on top for another week, will it succeed? The answer is right after the break.
Short answer is YES, long answer is, well longer. Zookeeper, starring Kevin James doing his Paul Blart thing, is another family comedy with lots of talking animals and based on initial reviews, downright terrible (15% on Rotten Tomatoes). This 104 minutes mess opens this weekend in 3482 theaters, riding on the new found popularity of comedian Kevin James. Unfortunately for him it looks very bad so I’m going to predict only a 3rd place finish with $20 million over the weekend.
Horrible Bosses, opening in 3040 theaters, is riding on the great success r-rated comedies have had this summer (The Hangover Part II, Bridesmaids and Bad Teacher). Reviews are good, standing at 75% on Rotten Tomatoes right now and previews make it look funny, not to mention the cast is very impressive. We got Jason Bateman (Paul), Jason Sudeikis (The Hangover Part II), Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. So we’ve got good cast, good reviews, good previews, what could go wrong? I say 2nd place with a strong $30 million, mark my words.
Now for the champ, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, easily going to win the weekend. $40 million is likely and that should lead to over $254 million in 12 days making it the new highest grossing movie of 2011.
Cars 2 should be 2nd with $14 million for $148 million at the 17th day mark (Cars had $156.6 million) and Bad Teacher goes up against Larry Crowne for 5th place, both of them with equal chances, should gross $8 million each.
Next week one of the biggest series in cinema history comes to an epic conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 while Disney brings back Winnie the Pooh in glorious classic hand-drawn 2D.