We have a busy Easter weekend ahead here at the Reject Report with three new movies on tap: The Last Song, Why Did I Get Married Too, and Clash of the Titans.
I’ll talk about The Last Song first, starring Miley Cyrus in a coming-of-age drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. Andther Sparks novel, Dear John, took the weekend box office when it opened earlier this year. This one opened on Wednesday night in a little over 2,600 theaters and won the day’s domestic box office with $5,125,103.
I expect it will take the Thursday night title as well and probably settle in to a $15 million three-day weekend and probably $20 million for the four-day Easter period against all the rest of the competition out there.
The other two new movies this week roll out Friday and are expected to do brisk business. One of them is Why Did I Get Married Too from proven box-office performer Tyler Perry. This is the sequel to the 2007 movie which opened Number One at the box office and grossed $55 million domestically. The sequel’s cast includes Perry, Janet Jackson, Tasha Smith and Jill Scott, and the film focuses on familiar topics such as relationships and fidelity.
I fully expect this movie to do as well as other Tyler Perry movies have done over the years — there is always a ready-made audience out there for his flicks and we haven’t seen one of Perry’s movies for a little while, so I think there is an appetite built up to see this one. I expect a three-day total of $24 million and a four-day haul of $33 million.
Finally we have Clash of the Titans, the remake of the 1981 film of the same name. This one stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, son of Zeus, who leads his team into a battle that includes gods, monsters, and everyone else.
This is expected to do big numbers this weekend, although there has been some controversy about the 3-D conversion. This was shot in 2-D and famously converted by the Warner Brothers studio into 3-D for release — to take advantage of the huge cash cow of 3-D at the theaters. I don’t know whether movie fans will be impressed; people are wise to these studios doing tacked-on 3-D for movies.
In any event, a lot of the predictions are for a $70 million weekend. I am convinced it will pull in a little more than that because of the 3-D and all the hype, so $75 million is my prediction for the three day period and $92 million for the four day Easter weekend.
So that is what I see happening this weekend:
- Clash of the Titans $75 million
- How to Train Your Dragon $28 million
- Why Did I Get Married Too $24 million
- The Last Song $15 million
- Alice in Wonderland $13 million
- Hot Tub Time Machine $7 million
- The Bounty Hunter $6 million
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid $5.5 million
- She’s Out of My League $3 million
- Green Zone $2.5 million
So that’s it! See you this weekend when we find out who gets the box-office Easter eggs here at the Reject Report!