Box Office Predictions (Feb. 6-8)

There’s a nice variety this weekend that will fill almost every type of person’s movie craving.  After the success of the action/thriller, Taken, Summit Entertainment releases a sci-fi/thriller titled Push.  Starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, and Djimon Hounsou, they’re all a bunch of people with powers.  Sounds familiar?  Yeah, it sounds like the NBC-hit show Heroes to me as well… which is essentially a remake of X-Men.  Oh well, there’s always an audience for these type of films and I expect Push to do fairly well with a semi-wide release (2,300 theaters).

Then there’s that new, stop-motion animated film that Tim Burton made so popular, Coraline.  From the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick, the story is about a girl who discovers a secret door in her new home that takes her to a parallel world.  Sounds pretty neat.  I expect a decent box office total for Coraline (2,298 theaters).  Even though I was never a fan of these stop-motion animations, this one looks innocent and creepy enough at the same time to be seen by kids and some adults.

Next, Steve Martin is back with Pink Panther 2 as the clumsy French detective Jacques Clouseau.  I don’t know why there’s a Pink Panther 2, nor do I really care.  Two years ago, this remake opened up to $20 million… I expect a similar result for the sequel as well.  There’s always an audience for these silly-comedies, though if I had to choose I’d pick Paul Blart.

Finally, saving the best for last is the hyped up He’s Just Not That Into You, based on the best selling book and starring a huge cast:  Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connolly, Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, and Drew Barrymore.  Say no more!  This ensemble cast should’ve had enough practice in the romantic comedy genre to be able to play a number of personalities to fit this film.  Anyway, with Valentine’s day looming around the corner, this is a movie that should top the box office easily.

Let’s check out our predictions:

My Predictions:

1.  He’s Just Not That Into You – $25 million
2.  The Pink Panther 2 – $17 million
3.  Taken – $14 million
4.  Coraline – $11 million
5.  Push – $10 million

Chris’s Predictions:

1.  He’s Just Not That Into You – $30 million
2.  Taken – $20 million
3.  Coraline $14 million
4.  Paul Blart: Mall Cop – $12 million
5.  The Pink Panther 2 – $9 million

Wild Phil wasn’t able to submit his predictions this weekend.  It’s our consensus that He’s Just Not That Into You will be crowned the box office winner this weekend with a range from $25-30 million.  I have a feeling The Pink Panther’s going to do a lot better than Chris is giving it credit for.  We both believe Taken should still be a Top 3 film at the box office and we gave Coraline a range from $11-14 million.  Chris doesn’t think Push will make the Top 5 while I’m predicting it’ll boot Paul Blart from the Top 5.

Check back on Monday for the results.


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