The Reject Report Goes Where the Wild Things Are


Welcome to another Reject Report, and this weekend we look forward to the much-anticipated Where the Wild Things Are, based on the best-selling children’s book. Also rolling out is The Stepfather and Law Abiding Citizen, plus we have a Paranormal Activity update as well. All that and more in this weekend’s edition!

We might as well start with Paranormal Activity, which continues to roll at the box office in limited release. Last weekend it clawed its way past $7 million, and by the middle of this week it was ranking as high as third place in the overall box office. Not bad for a flick that was in 159 locations. Well, the campaign to roll this movie out in wide release has succeeded: Paramount got the 1,000,000 demands they wanted from the fans, so the movie is going wide in 760 locations.

I’m doing a quick calculation here and by my estimation that should mean a haul in the neighborhood of $25 million. It could be even more. This horror flick is doing an insane amount of business in limited release, and I think this movie is going to be in more and more theaters with every passing week. It really is a phenomenon. But right now I say Paranormal Activity will haul in $25 million this weekend and climb as high as second place in the overall box office standings.

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Next, there is Law Abiding Citizen, a thriller starring Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler and Viola Davis. It’s rolling out in 2,700 locations. The story is about some poor guy who decides to take matters into his own hands after the DA lets his family’s killers go free.

Interesting stuff – but these action thrillers don’t seem to do the kind of business they once did at the box office. Given the modest theater count I think a modest haul around $14 million is the likely finish for Law Abiding Citizen.

Watch the Law Abiding Citizen trailer:

The Stepfather is a horror thriller from the Screen Gems folks and is yet another remake of a 1980s horror movie — this one from 1987. Do you get the feeling of deja vu when you go to a horror movie these days? This one stars Penn Badgley, who plays Sela Ward’s son in the movie, and he suspects the man she is about to marry in the movie, David Harris (played by Dylan Walsh), may not be such a good guy.

This one rolls out in about 2,700 locations as well, but I see a much more modest haul in the $8 million range. I just think that Paranormal Activity is going to steal this movie’s business.

Watch the trailer for The Stepfather:

Last but definitely not least, Where the Wild Things Are is Spike Jonze’s film version of Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s book. The cast includes Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara and Forest Whitaker. Records stars as Max, who is this runaway kid who finds himself sailing off to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who make him their ruler.

I’m pretty much convinced this movie is going to be the hands-down winner at the box office this weekend. It’s aimed at a family audience and has some cool monsters, and has a wide release into 3,700 locations. I figure this movie should at least do better than Couples Retreat did last week. I am going out on a limb and predicting $41 million for these Wild Things.

Watch the Where the Wild Things Are trailer:

So here is how I see the box office shaping up for this weekend:

  1. Where the Wild Things Are $41 million
  2. Paranormal Activity $25 million
  3. Couples Retreat $17 million
  4. Law Abiding Citizen $14 million
  5. Zombieland $9 million
  6. Tne Stepfather $8 million
  7. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs $7 million
  8. Toy Story/Toy Story 2 $5 million
  9. Surrogates $2.1 million
  10. Whip It $1.8 million

And that is it for now! See you at the end of the weekend to find out if these predictions were any good here at the Reject Report!

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