Studio Estimates for Feb. 20-22:
1. Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail – $41 million
2. Taken – $11.4 million
3. Coraline – $11 million
4. He’s Just Not That Into You – $8.5 million
5. Slumdog Millionaire – $8 million
The Oscar weekend box office was quite bizarre, especially to us with our poor predictions. The moral of this story goes, Tyler Perry is a box office champion. He proves it time and time again. It doesn’t matter if his films are released in 1,000 less theaters than other new releases (the reason I predicted a lower gross)… his movies simply make a lot of money. We all knew he was going to take the top spot, but $41 million? That exceeded our guesses.
We all had Friday the 13th to continue strong, but it didn’t. I guess since it was a Friday the 20th, no one cared about this slasher remake. Jason Voorhees didn’t crack the Top 5 (#6 with $7.8 million). I was the only one to guess Coraline to stay in the Top 5, while none of us predicted Slumdog Millionaire to storm into the #5 spot with $8 million.
Okay, we’ll try to do better with our new predictions on Friday when two new movies come out: one for action/video game fans in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li… and one for those 12-year-old girls in Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.