Last week threw all sorts of uncertainty into the box office. Can Sensei make sense of the chaos?
Sensei's weekend predictions and revenue results go as follows:
1. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" ($19 Million) -
The film's concept is just crazy enough to work. The pairing of Jeremy
Renner and Gemma Arterton also looks to be pretty strong. If any film
can shake the late January blues this weekend, it's this one.
2. "Mama" ($15 Million) -
Will post the usual horror film second weekend drop. Such drops usually
end up around around 50 percent of their opening weekend.
3. "Zero Dark Thirty" ($9.8 Million) -
As noted in previous editions, film will continue on a "The Help"-like
box office pace. Sadly, the torture controversy surrounding the film will cost the film the Best Picture Oscar, but its box
office remains impressively strong (will draw closer to the $70 million
domestic mark). Not bad for a film with a production budget of only $40
4. "Parker" ($8.4 Million) - Jason
Statham's films in January aren't exactly box office trailblazers.
"Parker" is also opening on less screens (2,200+) than his previous
January outing, "The Mechanic" (over 2,700+). Going with lower results
5. "Movie 43" ($7.5 Million) - Talk
about a hard sell. An R-rated raunch fest with no
predetermined plot-line. The film's cast boasts plenty of names but not
really any clear concept direction. Basically, a mash-up of skits put
together with different film directors. Definitely going with the lower
That's Sensei's calls.