All right what do we have this weekend? Oh yeah, the Superbowl! I figure a handful of people around the world should be tuning in and watching the Arizona Cardinals battle it out with the Pittsburgh Steelers… but in addition to that there are a trio of new releases.
First, the action/thriller Taken will be coming to over 3,000 theaters nationwide. Starring Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace, the movie is about a former spy trying to save his daughter who has been forced into the slave trade. This should really pull in a huge audience, but is Liam Neeson a big enough lead to win the box office? The PG-13 rating certainly helps… but why is this film being released in the US so late? There are already 30,000 IMDB votes for this movie, which has been already released in every other country except for Germany. It has a fairly strong word of mouth that could slingshot Taken to the top.
Next, the horror movie titled The Uninvited. Yeah, I know The Unborn is still out… how many people do you think are going to walk into the wrong movie this weekend? Or even better, how many people do you think won’t even notice they’re watching The Unborn instead of The Uninvited? Anyway, The Uninvited is just another teen horror film with a slightly bigger cast: Elizabeth Banks. Aside from that, it should do fairly well like all crappy horror movies do.
Last, the romantic comedy New in Town starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. This definitely plays to the women demographic and hopes to attract anyone who wants to skip the Superbowl. But released in less than 2,000 theaters and poor marketing will probably result in a box office bust.
Here are our predictions:
1. Taken – $20 million
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop – $14 million
3. Gran Torino – $11 million
4. The Uninvited – $10 million
5. Slumdog Millionaire – $10 million
1. Taken – $25 million
2. The Uninvited – $19 million
3. New in Town – $14 million
4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop – $9 million
5. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – $8 million
1. Taken – $23 million
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop – $18 million
3. Slumdog Millionaire – $15 million
4. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – $11 million
5. The Uninvited – $9 million