Just like last weekend, there are three new releases… we have a cop-action film, a horror, and an animated 3-D kids movie. Already we have a winner.
Monsters vs. Aliens is the title for Dreamworks’ new animated feature. Its first 3D film boasts a nice cast of voices that include Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Colbert. The idea of monsters against aliens seems highly entertaining, just like if they would ever make a pirates vs. ninjas movie (come on, who wouldn’t see that?). Anyway, playing in over 4,000 theaters and the higher cost for the 3D effect, expect Monsters vs. Aliens to easily win the box office.
Next we have 12 Rounds starring WWE professional wrestler John Cena. I don’t know about you but whenever I see a wrestler in a movie (unless it’s Dwayne Johnson… see I don’t even call him ‘The Rock’ anymore) I cannot imagine the movie being good. Cena’s last film, The Marine, did open to $7 million, which is pretty decent. But I don’t have much expectations for 12 Rounds to have a major impact this weekend.
Finally, the horror… The Haunting in Connecticut. From the studio of horror, Lionsgate, is this PG-13 frightfest that will probably do pretty well in the box office since it’s a teen horror movie. There have been so many horror films already in the first three months of this year, and for the most part they’ve done quite well. Will The Haunting in Connecticut keep the horror streak alive?
Here are our predictions:
1. Monsters vs. Aliens – $53 million
2. Knowing – $13 million
3. The Haunting in Connecticut – $12 million
4. I Love You, Man – $11 million
5. Duplicity – $7 million
1. Knowing – $18 million
2. Monsters vs. Aliens – $16 million
3. I Love You, Man – $15 million
4. The Haunting in Connecticut – $12 million
5. Duplicity – $8 million
1. Monsters vs. Aliens – $40 million
2. The Haunting in Connecticut – $20 million
3. 12 Pounds – $13 million
4. I Love You, Man – $10 million
5. Knowing – $8 million
1. Monsters vs. Aliens – $50 million
2. I Love You, Man – $15 million
3. The Haunting in Connecticut – $14 million
4. Knowing – $12 million
5. Duplicity – $9 million
Let me be a reminder that Chris makes his predictions without doing any research or having much knowledge of the upcoming movies. He’s the member of the Predictions Panel that tries to prove that guessing the box office isn’t exactly something you can prepare for. That being said, he’s the only one who doesn’t think Monsters vs. Aliens will top the box office. In my opinion, he’s going to be way off with his $16 estimated gross. The rest of us has the Dreamworks animated feature wiping out the competition… our range is $40-$53 million.
Phil’s the only one who believes that Cena’s 12 Pounds will crack the Top 5 while the rest of us have Duplicity filling up the #5 spot. Our most consistent predicted film is I Love You, Man… with a range from $10-$15 million. While last weekend’s champion, Knowing, is all over the map with our predictions.
Let’s see how our predictions hold up. Check back Monday for the results.