Box Office Results: October 19 – 21

Paranormal Activity 4 took the top spot at the box office this weekend with a disappointing $30.2 million. But, the joke’s on the audience, because they just paid to see the same film for a fourth time. The other new release, Alex Cross, took 11.75 million at the box office. These two films performed poorly for the critical audience. The other new release, The Sessions, was well-acclaimed and earned $121, 000 at four theatres. All 41 films in theatres right now made for a[n] (estimated) weekend grand total of $129, 584, 600.

Top 10 Box Office, The Results (Estimates)

1. Paranormal Activity 4$30, 200, 000

2. Argo$16, 625, 000

3. Hotel Transylvania$13, 500, 000

4. Taken 2$13, 400, 000

5. Alex Cross$11, 750, 000

6. Sinister: $9, 030, 000

7Here Comes the Boom$8, 500, 000

8. Pitch Perfect$7, 009, 000

9. Frankenweenie$4, 434, 000

10Looper$4, 200, 000

Other two films I predicted: 

Seven Psychopaths$3, 305, 000

The Sessions$121, 000

My Box Office Predictions (Title/My Prediction/Off by (+/-))

(Legends:

I will use the + sign if I estimated too high.

Ex: If I estimated PA4 at $31, 200, 000, I’d put: (+$1,000,000)

I will use the – sign if I estimated too low.

Ex: If I estimated PA4 at $29, 200, 000, I’d put: (-$1,000,000)

Comprendé?) And let me know if I should be doing it the other way, haha. 

1. Paranormal Activity 4/$54, 000, 000/ (+) $23, 800, 000

2. Argo$18, 000, 000/ (+) $1, 375, 000

3. Hotel Transylvania$12, 000, 000/ (-) $1, 500, 000

4. Taken 2/ $16, 000, 000/ (+) $2, 600, 000

5. Alex Cross/ $14, 500, 000/ (+) $2, 750, 000

6. Sinister$15, 800, 000(+) $6, 770, 000

7. Here Comes the Boom/ $10, 000, 000(+) $1, 500, 000

8. Pitch Perfect$8, 000, 000(+) $991,000

9. Frankenweenie$6, 000, 000(+) $1, 566, 000

10. Looper/ $5, 000, 000(+) $800, 000

Seven Psychopaths$3, 800, 000(+) $495, 000

The Sessions$45, 000(-) $76, 000

So, for this weekend, I was off by a grand total of $44, 223, 000. If my calculations are accurate (I at least think they are).

My reviews of films in theatres

Argo 

House at the End of the Street

Looper 

Perks of Being a Wallflower, The

Seven Psychopaths

Ted

And expect my review of Pitch Perfect for tomorrow or Tuesday.

October 19 – 21 Box Office Predictions

Alex Cross

Alex Cross

Plot: A detective is told that a member of his family has been killed, and he vows to track down that killer.

Alex Cross is an action/mystery/thriller film, directed by Rob Cohen (director of xXx, The Fast and the Furious). It sounds a bit like a good-old-fashioned revenge story, doesn’t it? I’m not sure if I’ll be itching to see it this weekend, but maybe eventually. The Alex Cross universe has been created by the author James Patterson. The character of Cross has previously appeared in the films Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001). Kiss the Girls opened to $13 million, and its final gross was around $60.5 million. Along Came a Spider opened to the sound of $16 million, and grossed a little over $74 million. Either film didn’t perform too well for critics, but the audience apparently liked it. Alex Cross is opening to 2400 theatres. In K.T.G. and A.C.A.S., Morgan Freeman portrayed Alex Cross. Now, we are given Tyler Perry to portray Cross. What the heck? He might not sound as heavenly as Freeman, but maybe he’ll do well. This is the first time he’s really trying to get out of his genre of comedy and family drama, so it might be good for him. Then again, people might not be used to him not cracking too many jokes or wearing a wig and a female fat suit half the movie. Matthew Fox may also be pretty interesting in his role as a psychopathic killer. There isn’t really a good detective mystery/thriller out there right now, so this may rake in an audience (that is, if the audience isn’t watching Paranormal Activity 4). I’m predicting $14.5 million.

Paranormal Activity 4Paranormal Activity 4

Plot: It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

I’m really getting sick and tired of these films. They look really pointless. I haven’t seen any of them, but I don’t like the idea of it. These darn Hollywood guys just want money. Who can blame them though… This looks like a point in the series where it turns out to be strictly for the fans, because the plot sounds very uninteresting to me, an anti-lover of this series. I mean, you won’t see me at this movie even on a cheap Tuesday. Okay, enough of my P.A. hatred rant, let’s talk the numbers! P.A.4 is being released to over 3000 theaters. Paranormal Activity grossed over $190 million worldwide, but only made $77,873 to twelve theatres in its opening weekend. And then, there was the second one: $40 million in its opening weekend and a worldwide gross of $177 million (but apparently it was nowhere as good as the first). The third: opened to $52 million, and a domestic gross of $104 million. Considering the substantial rises in grosses and opening weekends, and the amount of times this film has trended on Twitter, it should make a pretty nice amount of money this weekend (despite its moderately poor critic reception). My prediction for this is $54 million.

The Sessions

Plot: A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

The festival reception for The Sessions has been really great. The film is getting a very small release to four theatres. The film is written and directed by Ben Lewin, who is best known for writing and directing Georgia, and The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish. What do the numbers for that though? I’m not going to estimate the opening weekend results to be very high. My prediction is $45, 000.

BOX OFFICE TOP 10 PREDICTIONS

Title/Prediction/Studio/Rotten Tomatoes Score
1. Paranormal Activity 4 – $54 million/Paramount/43%
2. Argo – $18 million/Warner Brothers/94%
3. Taken 2 – $16.5 million/Fox/21%
4. Sinister – $15.8 million/Summit Entertainment/63%
5. Alex Cross – $14.5 million/Summit Entertainment
6. Hotel Transylvania – $12 million/Sony/43%
7. Here Comes the Boom – $10 million/Sony/43%
8. Pitch Perfect – $8 million/Universal/77%
9. Frankenweenie – $6 million/Buena Vista/87%
10. Looper – $5 million/TriStar/93%

Also, I believe Seven Psychopaths is going to make $3.8 million.

Do you readers have any thoughts on my predictions, or any predictions of your own?

Are you guys going to have a chance to go to the theatre this weekend; and if so, which film would you most want to see? Myself, I’m trying to see Sinister and End of Watch or something. Maybe Trouble with the Curve. I’d also like to see Dredd before it comes to home media.

And what’s your favourite film in theaters right now? Myself, I’d have to say The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Side note: This question may be embarrassing; but I’ve never really known and I’d so appreciate an answer. When it’s a domestic number, is it the United States AND Canada, or just the U.S.A.?