With four films opening wide and two strong holdovers from last weekend, it should help end September on a high note at the box office.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 should be the big winner this weekend. There hasn’t been a family film in awhile, so families will be happy they have something they can bring everyone to. The reviews aren’t that great, but that wont deter its audience in any way, as they’ll be happy to get out of the house. The original opened with $42mil back in 2012, and as this year has proven, sequels are having a hard time topping their originals total, so because of that, I see it getting close to the first film and make a solid $38mil.
THE INTERN starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, which is written and directed by Nancy Myers should connect with the female audience this weekend. Nancy Myers’ films don’t tend to open to huge numbers, but they always have legs, so my prediction is this will make $20mil over the next three days.
EVEREST is opening wide this weekend after a very strong start only being played on IMAX screens. The film should hold onto that momentum and make $18mil. I think THE INTERN and EVEREST will be going back and forth this weekend as they both have potential to make between $18-$20mil, and I wouldn’t be surprised if those numbers switch by Sunday.
The fourth film to open this weekend is Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO. This film was supposed to be released last September, but the studio went through finical problems, halting the release and it is now here. It’s only being released on about 1500 screens, which limits its box office potential, plus it has received little to no marketing, and I suspect not many people even know this film is coming out. Because of all of this, I don’t see the film making more than $5 over the weekend.
After a strong opening, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS should fall sharply as it up against tough competition with EVEREST, and make $14mil. BLACK MASS should hold on stronger, as its audience tend to not rush to the theaters opening weekend, and with strong reviews, I predict it’ll make $13mil. Neither film will live up to their original expectations, but the studios will be happy with their performances overall.