Box Office Predictions: 'The Hobbit' Rises, 'Avatar' Falls
Sensei's call streak hit eleven weeks last week. This week, how high can "The Hobbit" climb?
Sensei's weekend predictions and revenue results go as follows:
1. "The Hobbit" ($107 million) -
After nine years of waiting, fans finally get to return to Middle
Earth. While I don't see a "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" or "Hunger
Games"-like breakout, I do see one closer to "Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which opened to just more than $100 million in
2008. Film will easily set the record for the highest opening ever in
the month of December (beating both "I Am Legend" and "Avatar").
2. "Rise of the Guardians" ($6.2 million) - Film came close to beating James Bond last week, this time it pulls ahead.
3. "Skyfall" ($5.9 million) -
Film is making a run for the $1 billion mark worldwide. That
would be quite an accomplishment considering how few films cross such a
marker. Only time will tell, but will be fun watching "Skyfall" try to
make it there.
4. "Lincoln" ($5.2 million) - Film
should get a boost off its recent award nominations. Amazing, a film
getting awards buzz that audiences actually want to see.
5. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two" ($4.6 million) - Based
on worldwide grosses, film has already become the most successful entry
in the franchise (currently more than $750 million). Anything earned past
this is just icing on the cake.
That's Sensei's calls. Have a great weekend.