Sensei did very well on the calls. Easily one of the best in the nation.
Please note that all of the following predictions are four-day (Fri-Mon)
because of the holiday weekend.
Sensei's weekend predictions and revenue results go as follows:
1. Zero Dark Thirty ($20 million) - Film looks set to make a The Help-like run, that drama pulled two 20+
weekends out of the gate. I see the same for Zero, which also has the
long holiday weekend to help get it there.
2. Mama ($18.2 million) -
A lot of hype, but critical reviews so far are mixed. That puts it more in
range with a The Possession-like opening (around $17 million). I'll
give it a slight bump for the holiday weekend.
3. Broken City ($16 million) -
Sensei was one of the few to correctly call Contraband winning this
weekend last year. That film's star, Mark Wahlberg, returns but is
without co-star Kate Beckinsale (who's very strong in January releases).
That factor alone will make a weekend win very difficult.
4. The Last Stand ($14 million) - Most
predictors are saying the film won't even break the $10 million mark
this weekend. In Sensei's words, "they will all be dead wrong." Arnold
Schwarzenegger has a considerable built-in audience, and the film's
marketing has been fun. Look for Stand to beat most, if not all, box
5. Silver Linings Playbook ($12.5 million) - Will it get a boost from its recent Oscar nominations? Not really. Has emerging
newcomer Jennifer Lawrence in a buzz surrounded role? That's more like
it. For this reason, film will do very well of its theater expansion to
take a top five spot.
In other calls:
Look for A Haunted
House, to fall out of the top five altogether. Gangster Squad, will
also take the "fall out of the top five" dirt nap.
That's Sensei's calls.