NORTH AMERICAN OPENING WEEKEND PREDICTIONS:
- Smurfs: The Lost Village – Sony / Columbia – April 7th, 2017 – $20 million
- The Fate of the Furious – Universal – April 14th, 2017 – $115 million
- The Circle – STX Entertainment – April 28th, 2017 – $12 million
MAJOR OPENING WEEKENDS – MARCH:
- Logan – 20th Century Fox – March 3rd, 2017 – $88 million (+8)
- Kong: Skull Island – Warner Bros. – March 10th, 2017 – $61 million (+16)
- Beauty and the Beast – Disney – March 17th, 2017 – $174 million (+39)
- Power Rangers – Lionsgate – March 24th, 2017 – $40 million (+13)
- Ghost in the Shell – Paramount – March 31st, 2017 – $18 million (-24)
Logan did about as well as expected, making only $8 million more than I thought it would in its opening weekend. It’s a great movie, and I am really happy that it’s doing as well as it is. Kong: Skull Island also made more than I expected it to, but I wonder if Warner Bros. is still a little bit disappointed that it didn’t open to more considering Godzilla (2014) opened to $93 million.
Audiences around the world still love Disney musicals. At the time of writing Condon’s remake has made close to $900 million worldwide. Beauty and the Beast also opened to more than $70 million than Favreau’s The Jungle Book did so Disney must be excited about the future of their live-action remakes.
Power Rangers opened to more than I expected, but I’m pretty sure Lionsgate is worried about the film. At the time of writing, it has only made $100 million worldwide, and while it hasn’t been out for long, it just doesn’t seem to be doing well outside of the United States.
Finally, Ghost in the Shell had a terrible opening weekend. This is an adaptation of a popular anime with a hugely popular actress at the center of it, but it does look like Paramount may have overestimated the love for the anime in the United States.
– Jeffrey Rex