I am a bit of a Hollywood insider, and I am bringing my considerable insights to bear upon the following weekend box office predictions for the weekend of November 16-18, 2007:
1. BEE MOVIE: This charmer stars lovable Jerry Seinfeld as a wise-talking bee, and is attracting audiences of all ages, from 4 to 40, although it does skew a little older. Look for this film to continue doing solid business, as it has already made over $60 million. Another $400 million would bring its total to a staggering $460 million after only three weekends.
2. BEOWULF: This movie, based on a comic book, features a computerized famous actor, and Angelina Jolie as his naked mother. I expect big things from this latest offering from director Robert Zimeckis. In this, its opening weekend, it should garner an additional $345 million. Everyone loves to see computerized people attack giant monsters and defeat them!
3. AMERICAN GANGSTER: Americans love their gangsters, and they love American gangsters most of all, even though this film was made by several foreigners. I expect that American audiences will continue to forgive this, and will reward this film, which has already made tens of millions of dollars, with another tens of millions of dollars weekend, bringing its total into the high tens of millions of dollars.
4. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: This film is generating huge buzz, with many people even saying that it is the Coen brothers’ best film since their last four films. I am looking forward to seeing this movie, and am expecting long lines at the theaters; a $6 million Friday, $18 million Saturday, and a stunning $55 million Sunday should have Hollywood buzzing.
5. MR MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM: This is the most enchanting title in the entire list of the top five. The film itself might not do so well, perhaps only pulling in as much as $45 million, but the title will earn an additional $58 million, making this one of the hottest films of the holiday season.
6. FRED CLAUS: Santa’s mentally challenged little brother is featured in a delightful family film that continues its blistering, record-setting pace. It should earn about $89 million, for a per-screen average of $3,456.75.
7. FORBIDDEN KINGDOM: This Jackie Chan-Jet Li starrer isn’t scheduled to open until April 2008, but the buzz is loud and irritating, and the anticipation is so high that I expect it to do huge business in a down weekend at the box office, taking in about $73 million, making it the lowest-grossing opening weekend for either of these two stars, although because the film won’t actually open this weekend, they’ll have to put an asterisk in the record books.
8. DAN IN REAL LIFE: Steve Carell, star of The Office, plays a man who gets his first period. It is appealing to both women and older women, and I expect them to enjoy this film for another weekend, although a 79% drop from last weekend’s gross will give it $55 million for this weekend, for a so-so cume of $345 million.
9. LIONS FOR LAMBS: Hollywood’s first attempt to make a political film has proven the old adage. The response to Tom Cruise’s two-hour lecture has been his most tepid since forever, as the film only pulled in about a zillion dollars last weekend. Expect an even lower total this weekend, as it will bring in only a squillion dollars.
10. THE GAME PLAN: Wrestling sensation The Rock dons a fat suit and dress to play nanny to the spoiled daughter he never knew he had. Expect this film to “wrestle” more money away from moviegoers- a $75 million weekend should result.
That’s it for my top-ten predictions. Be sure to check back here Monday when I’ve changed everything to reflect actual grosses!