Box Office Predictions: 'Zero' Stands Tall Against One Tough 'Mama'

Box Office Predictions: 'Zero' Stands Tall Against One Tough 'Mama'

Last week,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 thelong 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 inrange with a The Possession-like opening (around $17 million). I’llgive it a slight bump for the holiday weekend.

3. Broken City ($16 million) -Sensei was one of the few to correctly call Contraband winning thisweekend last year. That film’s star, Mark Wahlberg, returns but iswithout 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) – Mostpredictors are saying the film won’t even break the $10 million markthis weekend. In Sensei’s words, “they will all be dead wrong.” ArnoldSchwarzenegger has a considerable built-in audience, and the film’smarketing has been fun. Look for Stand to beat most, if not all, boxoffice projections.

5. Silver Linings Playbook ($12.5 million) – Will it get a boost from its recent Oscar nominations? Not really. Has emergingnewcomer Jennifer Lawrence in a buzz surrounded role? That’s more likeit. For this reason, film will do very well of its theater expansion totake a top five spot.

In other calls:

Look for A HauntedHouse, to fall out of the top five altogether. Gangster Squad, willalso take the “fall out of the top five” dirt nap.

That’s Sensei’s calls.