Summer blockbuster season lurches on here at the Reject Report — yet for all the hype about blockbuster movies and so on, we still haven’t seen a movie open to $100 million gross yet this blockbuster season. For that matter, we haven’t seen a $100 million opening since The Dark Knight. Honestly, I doubt we will see it this weekend, either. Possibly next weekend when Terminator: Salvation rolls out – maybe — but definitely not right now.
There’s only one new wide release this weekend, Angels and Demons, and it is in great shape simply because there is hardly any new competition out there in theaters at all. The big question we all have is whether or not it will do as well as its predecessor movie, The Da Vinci Code, which was also based on the hugely successful novel by Dan Brown and opened to $77 million.
Angels and Demons has back on board much of the same people who were part of the last flick, with Ron Howard directing and with Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer and Ewan McGregor starring in it. Hanks plays Robert Langdon, who is back once again in his quest chasing after the evil Illuminati who are out to destroy the Catholic Church. What’s interesting is that while the Angels and Demons novel was written as a prequel, the movie is written as a sequel. Go figure that out.
Now comes prediction time, and boy oh boy, am I ever nervous this weekend. Looking at the calendar I would have thought this Angels and Demons movie would have been in good shape, with no real new competition. But there are still people who haven’t seen Star Trek, and who might be tempted given the rave reviews and good word of mouth and so on.
What worries me the most, though, are the reports I have heard about the online sales. Angels and Demons was running behind Star Trek in sales at MovieTickets.com earlier this week, and that just shouldn’t be happening if a movie that has any notions of being a blockbuster. I know there are people out there (ie. Nikki Finke) who say this doesn’t mean anything, and that younger people buy their tickets online before the older folks do, and that the older folks will bail out Angels and Demons. But I haven’t seen too many movies lately that ANY older folks have bailed out. It just seems like older folks have left the theater. And Angels and Demons looks like a movie for older people.
I still think Angels and Demons will pull out a win, simply because it is the only new wide release coming up. But man, this is not shaping up to be a slam dunk if the information about the online sales is correct. In fact, I am not predicting much of a win at all: $48 million for Angels and Demons.
Here is my prediction for the weekend, folks:
- Angels and Demons – $48 million
- Star Trek – $44 million
- X-Men Origins:Wolverine – $13 million
- Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – $5.3 million
- Obsessed – $3.5 million
- 17 Again – $2.6 million
- Next Day Air – $2.4 million
- The Soloist – $2.2 million
- Monsters vs. Aliens – $2.1 million
- Earth (2009) – $1.6 million
Before I go, I should note that the final opening weekend total for Star Trek came in a little higher than what they were reporting on Sunday. It made a little more money than expected with a final total of $75 million for the weekend, which as I have said earlier is the best domestic opening weekend in the history of Star Trek. As for this weekend, Star Trek could wind it up having clinched the top gross for a Trek movie ever by Sunday. Talk about a money-making enterprise. (Okay, that’s a bad pun.)
That is it for now. Back at weekend’s end when we see what happens to Angels and Demons and all the rest of the movies at the box office here at the Reject Report.