BOX OFFICE: ‘Transformers 3’ is the #1 Movie in 2011. Happy America?

A movie that has been described by numerous critics who I greatly respect as sexist, racist, and attempting to make America a worse place is now the number one movie of the year after two weekends. This deeply saddens me yet I take solace in the fact that it will inevitably be knocked out of the top spot next weekend by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II. Looking over all of the films in the top ten this week there is only one film that I would recommend anyone should go see and that is Super 8. Gosh, I can’t wait for summer movie season to end.

Box Office Estimates
July 8-10, 2011

1) Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2nd Week)
ESTIMATE: $47.025 million

With its enormous haul this weekend, Transformers 3 surpasses The Hangover: Part II to become the highest grossing movie of 2011. The question that remains now is will Deathly Hallows, Part II be enough to pass it up? I think the opening weekend for HP 8 will definitely beat Transformers 3, but I am not sure if it will have the legs to overtake its cumulative gross. I will be crossing my fingers, however.

2) Horrible Bosses (Opening)
ESTIMATE: $28.11 million

Pretty decent opening for a grown-up comedy. It has gotten modestly decent reviews, but none convincing enough to inspire me to see it.

3) Zookeeper (Opening)
ESTIMATE: $21 million

With a whopping 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, Zookeeper managed to rake in more money than all but two other movies in America this weekend. Will it recoup its $80 million budget?

4) Cars 2 (3rd Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $15.21 million

This is shaping up to be the lowest grossing Pixar movie since the last Cars film. I just hope that they earn enough from toy and merchandise sales to be able to do whatever they want with their next few films.

5) Bad Teacher (3rd Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $9 million

This film already has a cumulative gross of $78.76 million, which is rather impressive. With bad reviews and mediocre word of mouth it appears that Cameron Diaz is enough of a star to sustain a film after all.

6) Larry Crowne (2nd Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $6.26 million

Tom Hanks was rated the number one Box Office star in America by Box Office Mojo, but he is not defending that title with this film’s mediocre performance.

7) Super 8 (5th Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $4.825 million

If Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, and The Tree of Life are not playing in your local megaplex I implore you to see J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. It is the best summer blockbuster of 2011 and the only film in the top 10 this week that I can recommend.

8) Monte Carlo (2nd Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $3.8 million

I know nothing about this film except the fact that it had a pretty low budget and will just barely make it back at the domestic Box Office.

9) Green Lantern (4th Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $3.125 million

With a decline of 52.3% in its 4th weekend, Green Lantern is the biggest loser this week. A sequel has already been greenlit despite the fact that it will drop out of the top ten with less than a $110 million cumulative gross.

10) Mr. Popper’s Penguins (4th Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $2.85 million

Four weekends in the top ten? Come on America!

My feelings are obvious about this weekend’s Box Office. What are yours?

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