So the Oscar nominations were announced yesterday, which should give those films an extra boost in the box office… especially those that are getting a wider release such as Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire, Rachel Getting Married, and The Wrestler. But the two new releases this weekend should compete against each other, and last weekend’s winner Paul Blart: Mall Cop, for the new crown.
The third installment of the Underworld franchise, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, hits the big screen. Without star Kate Beckinsale, I wonder if there are any fans left in the Underworld series. This release is the prequel to the 2003 film that should explain the rival between vampires and werewolves. This R-rated action/fantasy should gross around $20 million.
And then there’s Inkheart, the Brendan Fraser family/adventure/fantasy film. Is it me or has he been doing a lot of these lately? I mean with all the Mummy movies and then Journey to the Center of the Earth… I can’t think of another film he’s done in the past three years. Anyway, Inkheart will be competing against other family films out like Hotel for Dogs and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which should bump it out of the Top 5.
Here are my predictions:
1. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – $22 million
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop – $18 million
3. Gran Torino – $14 million
4. Notorious – $10 million
5. Slumdog Millionaire – $9 million
1. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – $25 million
2. Notorious – $19 million
3. Paul Blart: Mall Cop – $18 million
4. My Bloody Valentine – $15 million
5. Inkheart – $12 million
Check back Monday for the box office results.