In the last weekend of August we have ourselves a battle of the horror movies. In one corner, the reboot-sequel of the popular Halloween franchise. In the other corner, the fourth installment of the gruesome and formulaic films with leading role, Death. Oh, and there’s a Woodstock film.
But first, Halloween II, directed by Rob Zombie. His reboot of the franchise opened to over $30 million two summers ago. How will Mike Myers do this time around?
With direct competition in The Final Destination, it’s hard to tell which film will come on top. The Final Destination franchise has been around for a decade with each film opening bigger and bigger. The last film grossed over $19 million its opening weekend. Now in 3-D, Death might be able to triumph the box office.
Oscar-winning director, Ang Lee, has thrown the public a wide variety of movies. His latest film, Taking Woodstock, tackles the events of the 1969 festival. Starring Demetri Martin, Emile Hirsch, and Liev Schreiber, this film certainly has a limited audience. Since it’s only opening in about 1,300 theaters, it won’t be a threat in the Top 5.
Here are our predictions…
1. Halloween II – $24 million
2. Inglourious Basterds – $19 million
3. The Final Destination – $18 million
4. District 9 – $11 million
5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – $7 million
1. Inglourious Basterds – $29 million
2. Halloween II – $25 million
3. The Final Destination – $24 million
4. District 9 – $14 million
5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – $8 million
Sheehan and I agreed on a lot of things this weekend. We both believe Halloween II will gross more than The Final Destination. We both believe District 9 and G.I. Joe will land the last two spots on the Top 5. But his gross estimates are a lot higher than mine and he thinks Inglourious Basterds will win the box office for a second straight weekend. We’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong.