BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: The Owls of Gekko

Another attempt to tap in to 1980s nostalgia will try to draw in movie-goers this weekend with the release of Oliver Stone’s sequel to Wall Street. It will be up against the movie version of a popular young teens book and a star-studded female comedy that is banking on the popularity of Betty White. The Box Office has been slow as of late and I doubt any of those films will have what it takes to jolt some adrenaline into the weekend, but it shouldn’t be a complete misfire.

Box Office Predictions
September 24-26, 2010

1) Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (3,575 theatres)
PREDICTION: $30.5 million

If this movie can earn over $30 million it will have the highest opening since The Expendables 5 weeks ago. These books are almost like Twilight for younger teens and the fact that there has not been much in the way of family fare recently should bring a lot of families out to see this.

2) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (3,565 theatres)
PREDICTION: $22.7 million

This year has already seen the mild success of a 1980s television show adaptation (The A-Team) and the reboot of a 1980s movie franchise (The Karate Kid). Will the return of Gordon Gekko and the slick brokers of Wall Street have similar success? Although the movie is trying to be mainstream it likely won’t be embraced by younger audiences.

3) The Town (2,885 theatres)
PREDICTION: $12.9 million

The internet has been buzzing about the critical success of this film and whether or not that will translate to any Oscar potential. Will that buzz help propel it to another successful week?

4) You Again (2,543 theatres)
PREDICTION: $12.1 million

This comedy may edge out The Town in per theatre average, but because of fewer screens it won’t win out overall. Will anything slow down Betty White?

5) Easy A (2,856 theatres)
PREDICTION: $9.6 million

The reviews of the film have been mixed and younger audiences have been flocking to it, but with the new films in theatres it should gradually lose some steam and it won’t perform better than several of the films that have wider releases.

6) Resident Evil: Afterlife (2,642 theatres)
PREDICTION: $8.4 million

This movie loses a lot of 3-D screens this weekend with the release of Legend of the Guardians, but it should continue to get a minor boost from its inflated ticket price.

7) Devil (2,811 theatres)
PREDICTION: $6.5 million

This film did not have a strong opening last weekend, but it stays in the same amount of theatres this weekend and it has the benefit of being the only scary movie that is in wide release as we approach Halloween.

8) Alpha and Omega (2,625 theatres)
PREDICTION: $3.1 million

It hasn’t been doing well at the daily Box Office and it will probably be taking a huge hit with the release of Legend of the Guardians.

9) Takers (1,413 theatres)
PREDICTION: $2.2 million

All week it has been edging closer to The American and it is losing fewer screens this weekend so it should manage to snag the 9th spot this weekend.

10) The American (1,315 theatres)
PREDICTION: $1.9 million

It loses almost half of its screens this weekend. That combined with Wall Street 2 taking its older adult demographic should knock this movie to the bottom of the top ten.

What movie are you seeing this weekend?

[Source for Theatre Counts: Box Office Mojo | Image: OutNow!]

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  • Jose

    Since when has an 85% at Rotten Tomatoes been considered mix? Easy A has been holding surpringly well over the week, I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes what you’re predicting You Again to make, plus where is the buzz on that film?
    Either way I’m saving my money for “The Social Network”.

  • Andrew R.

    Yeah, Jose is right about Easy A’s reviews.

    And I think it will be close between the owl movie and Wall Street 2.

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