In the second weekend of December, the power-houses of cinema are coming to life in time for the holiday season along with awards season. Many high-caliber films are in limited releases such as The Lovely Bones, A Single Man, Me and Orson Welles, and Up in the Air. But if you aren’t lucky enough to be in areas where those movies are playing, just sit tight because they’ll receive a wide release soon.
Meanwhile, there are two big releases this weekend. First and foremost is Disney’s return to the 2-D animation that we all loved before all this CGI and 3-D madness hit. The Princess and the Frog is the latest from those who made The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
I feel that Disney and The Princess and the Frog have their work cut out for them to be a box office success along with receiving the critical acclaim their past animations got. Has the public already moved on from the traditional animations? Does a story about an African American princess limit the film’s demographic? We’ll just have to wait and see.
The other big film to hit the screens this weekend is Clint Eastwood’s Invictus. This is a biopic of Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) and also co-starring Matt Damon as the captain of the South African rugby team. The star power in the film will be the reason if Invictus does well at the box office for its opening weekend. Like a lot of Eastwood’s films, their longevity will last through the awards season to accummulate a decent total gross.
Here are our predictions…
1. The Princess and the Frog – $28 million
2. Invictus – $16 million
3. The Blind Side – $15 million
4. New Moon – $7 million
5. Brothers – $6 million
1. The Blind Side – $20 million
2. The Princess and the Frog – $19 million
3. Invictus – $15 million
4. New Moon – $12 million
5. Brothers – $7 million