Welcome to another week of The Reject Report, where we are anticipating strong showings by two new wide-release movies at the box office: Kick-Ass and Death at a Funeral.
Hopefully we’ll also get a more clear-cut result than that photo-finish between Clash of the Titans and Date Night last week. As it turned out, Clash ended up on top once the Sunday loot was finally counted, which means it’s officially six weekends in a row where 3-D has finished on top at the box office. Anyway, I think it’s safe to say the streak ends this weekend. It has to, one of these days.
I’ll begin with Death at a Funeral starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Tracy Morgan and the rest of the large cast, mainly African-Americans. Basically, this is the African-American version of the British film from about three years ago of the same name. In it, the family gathers at the funeral of the patriarch of the family, only for it to turn into a big debacle when some big secrets come to light.
The movie rolls out in 2,459 locations which is not an enormous amount, so I don’t have a lot of confidence that it will finish in first place. I do think there’s an audience for this movie and its cast, and people seem to be in a mood to laugh these days. I am going to say $20 million for Death at a Funeral, which is pretty much in line with all the rest of the predictions I see for this movie.
More: Read Neil Miller’s review of Death at a Funeral
Then you have Kick-Ass, based on the comic book of the same name from director Matthew Vaughn , whose cast includes Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca and Mark Strong. Johnson plays this teenager who decides to turn into this real-life superhero called Kick-Ass. Except he doesn’t have any superpowers. Well, why let something like that get in the way of your dream to be a superhero, right?
This is being released into over 3,000 locations and is highly anticipated by the folks who are interested in comic-book movies and the like, so it should get a big audience. It is kind of vulgar and loaded with expletives, though, so that may keep people away. I do think there is enough buzz out there, though, to take this movie to $28 million dollars — and the weekend domestic box office title.
More: Read Neil Miller’s review of Kick-Ass from SXSW
So here is the predicted final weekend numbers as I see it:
- Kick-Ass $28 million
- Death at a Funeral $20 million
- How to Train Your Dragon $18 million
- Clash of the Titans $15 million
- Date Night $14.9 million
- The Last Song $6 million
- Why Did I Get Married, Too? $5 million
- Alice in Wonderland $3.3 million
- Hot Tub Time Machine $3 million
- The Bounty Hunter $2.8 million
So that’s it for now! Back at the end of the weekend when we may have a kick-ass box office result to tell you about here at the Reject Report!