BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Will Audiences Take a Trip to 'The Town' This Weekend?

Or will Emma Stone's lose of virginity in 'Easy A' be the cherry on top of the charts Monday morning?

PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE





There were no real surprises at the box office last weekend as the only major new release, the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife dominated with $27.7 million. It will have a hard time repeating that success this weekend, despite some of the best reviews in the franchise's history, with four new films including director Ben Affleck's second effort The Town and the much-talked-about high school film Easy a entering the competition.

Predicted to debut at number one is the new film from actor turned director Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), which is already earning Oscar buzz, called The Town. The bank robbery film that takes place in Boston stars a stellar cast of actors which in addition to Affleck himself includes Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Rebecca Hall (Please Give) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation). Currently, the movie has an average rating of a 4.3 on our site. Out of the eight people who have rated the film, only four of them have given it five stars while the trailer for the movie has had over 7,000 views. Here is what our Official Reviewer had to say about the new movie: "The Town is a thrilling action movie, but deeply personal and moving as well. Ben Affleck takes a giant leap forward as an artist with this film."

Predicted to debut at number two this week is the Scarlet Letter themed high school comedy Easy A starring Emma Stone (Zombieland, Superbad). The film's talented cast also includes Oscar nominees Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) as well as Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Penn Badgley ((Gossip Girl), Amanda Bynes (Hairspray) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange). Currently, the movie has an average rating of a 3.6 on our site. Out of the seven people who have rated the film only two of them have given it five stars while the trailer for the movie has had over 7,000 views. Here is what our Official Reviewer had to say about the new movie: "Smart, slick and sexy, this is one of the best high school comedies in years. Paying homage to the classic films of the '80s it's clever, original and hilarious. Emma Stone gives a career making performance. This movie is her Pretty Woman!"

Debuting at number three this week is a new supernatural thriller based on a story written by the film's producer, director M. Night Shyamalan, called Devil. The film stars Chris Messina (Greenberg), Geoffrey Arend ((500) Days of Summer), Caroline Dhavernas (The Switch), Jacob Vargas (Death Race), Bokeem Woodbine (Ray) and Matt Craven (The Clearing). Currently, the movie has an average rating of a 4.6 on our site. Out of the eighteen people who have rated the film fourteen of them have given it five stars while the trailer for the movie has had over 24,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new movie: "This looks like a good movie. I got to go see this!"

Falling three places back from its debut last week is fourth chapter of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, based on the popular video game. Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) returns in the lead role and is accompanied by a talented cast of actors, which includes Ali Larter (Heroes), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Boris Kodjoe (Surrogates) and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy). Last weekend the movie made $8,648 on each of its 3,203 screens for a decent opening total of $27.7 million, which is almost half of its initial $60 million production budget. It is expected to earn an additional $12.7 million at the box office this weekend.

Rounding off the top five and falling three places from last week is the hip-hop heist film Takers. The movie boasts an all-star cast, which includes Paul Walker (Fast & Furious), Idris Elba(The Losers), Matt Dillon (Armored), Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Michael Ealy (Miracle at St. Anna), Jay Hernandez (Quarantine), Chris Brown (Stomp the Yard), T.I. (American Gangster), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar). While the movie dropped almost 43.9% last week from the previous week and was seen in 15 less theaters, it still earned roughly $2,784 on each of its 2,191 screens for a weekend total of $6.1 million. Now in just four weeks the movie has made over $48 million earning back its entire $32 million production cost and then some. It is expected to earn an additional $6.1 million at the box office this weekend.

The rest of the top ten films at the box office this weekend are predicted to look like this:

Predicted to debut at number six this week is the new 3-D computer animated film Alpha and Omega. The movie stars a talented cast of voice actors including Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Christina Ricci (Speed Racer), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon 2), Larry Miller (Pretty Woman) and screen legend, the late Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider). Currently the movie has an average rating of a 4.1 on our site. Out of the five people who have rated the film only three of them have given it five stars while the trailer for the movie has had over 7,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new movie: "Can't wait for this!"

Predicted to fall four places back from last week to number seven is the international espionage thriller starring Oscar winner George Clooney (Syriana), entitled The American. While the movie dropped almost 55.3% last week from the previous week, it was actually added in ten theaters and earned roughly $2,081 on each of its 2,833 screens for a weekend total of $5.8 million. Now in just three weeks the movie has made over $26 million earning back its entire $20 million production budget. It is expected to earn an additional $3.3 million at the box office this weekend.

Predicted to fall a drastic five places from last week to number eight is the long-awaited motion picture from visionary director Robert Rodriguez called Machete, which is based on the short film that was featured in his and Quentin Tarantino's movie Grindhouse. The film stars Danny Trejo (Heat) in the title role and also features a colorful cast of accomplished actors including Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar), Jeff Fahey (Lost), Cheech Marin (The Perfect Game), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Steven Seagal (Half Past Dead), Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) and Oscar winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull). While the movie dropped an astonishing 63.2% last week from the previous week, it was actually added in eight theaters and earned roughly $1,568 on each of its 2,678 screens for a weekend total of $4.2 million. Now in almost three weeks the movie has made about $20.8 million earning back its entire $20 million production budget. It is expected to earn an additional $2.5 million at the box office this weekend.

Predicted to slip back four places to from last week to number nine is the romantic comedy about long distance relationships called Going the Distance. The movie boasts an all-star cast of comedic actors including Drew Barrymore (The Wedding Singer), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Christina Applegate (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), Ron Livingston (Office Space), Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Rob Riggle (The Hangover) and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live). While the movie dropped almost 44.3% last week from the previous week, it earned roughly $1,266 on each of its 3,030 screens for a weekend total of $3.8 million. Now in almost three weeks of release the movie has only made around $14 million, which is not even close to earning back its $32 million production budget. It is expected to earn an additional $2.4 million at the box office this weekend.

Finally, predicted to drop four places from last week to number ten is the buddy-cop action/comedy The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton and Eva Mendes. While the movie dropped 36.7% last week from the previous week, it was shown on 361 less screens for a total of 2,246 and earned almost $1,491 on each for a weekend tally of $3.3 million. Now in just over a month and a half the movie has done extremely well grossing over $112.4 million and earning back its entire $100 million production budget. The film is predicted to earn an additional $2.2 million this weekend at the box office. Be sure to check out Box Office Beat Down this Sunday to see who is crowned the King of the box office this week and check back here next week for more box office predictions!

The Town was released September 17th, 2010 and stars Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Slaine, Owen Burke, Titus Welliver. The film is directed by Ben Affleck.

Easy A was released September 17th, 2010 and stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow. The film is directed by Will Gluck.



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  1. ZanyZap

    The next few weeks are the mother-load for filmgoers.
    Wall Street, The Social Network, Let Me In, Buried, Hereafter...and many more!

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  2. Daveactor7

    Plus, I must say the town has far better acting then any other movie out. The kids are all right being the runner up and inception rounding it out. Also I think Jeremy Renner deserves another oscar nomination this year.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  3. Daveactor7

    @Everyone do you all realize the academy favors rated R movies. The hurt locker, slumdog millionaire, Lord of the rings won because unlike any other fantasy it had all the fundamentals of filmmaking.
    But i agree on Fincher and oliver stone being nominated for best director. But to me, I think best director is down to Fincher and Chris Nolan. I also think that best picture leading so far are the town and inception.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  4. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    The Town has a low chance to be a king cause most people are not interested in R-rated heist films (Inception and Ocean's 11-13 are not R rated)
    Easy A could won cause people will find this an interesting teen film (too bad that didn't work for SPvTW) and it received a high rating of 85% in RT mostly for Emma Stone's performance.
    Devil is the sure winner cause Fall is the season for horrors and it receive mixed reviews w/ one claiming it might refresh Shyamalan's career (but he didn't direct this he created this so he's just better as a story maker and a producer than a director plus if he directed this it might gone terrible he ironically destroy his own creation)
    Alpha & Omega will be 2nd to the last cause kids like animated animal films but this one received very poor scores with only 13%-8% on RT so it might be a bomb another failure for a non-pixar or Dream works animated film

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  5. the Narrator

    @Dave, I was gonna say Return of the King won, but someone beat me to it. And don't anyone say that was a fluke. It wasn't. Lol.

    Also, Hereafter isn't that far of a cry for winning Best Pic. The story is grounded in reality wrapped around real time events that have previously happened. The impact of all those devastating events, layered with a slightly sci-fi story (being a psychic isn't that far fetched... or is it?), involving a great cast, with a message of love/life/hope/regret/etc... I don't know man, it seems like it has quite a shot. As does the Town.

    However when all is said and done I am actually hoping The Social Network gets it. Fincher deserves a win. Oh, and I hope Wall Street 2 is forgotten at the awards. If it's anywhere near what the first film was, it is bound to get nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Douglas), and Best Director (Stone).

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  6. mikehd

    The Towm Was Excellent WAY Better Than That Garbage Takers Great Acting I Work At A Movie Theatre And People Were Coming Out Saying How Great It Was

    4 years agoby @mikehdFlag

  7. WiseGuy

    @soylentgreen2 You might be right but I don't think it's going to win best picture..It would be just way too awesome if The Town wins Best Picture, I will be so happy. And even though I'm not interested in seeing A Social Network, it looks oscar worthy. We'll see.

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  8. TheDude1

    Well I was wrong. I just got back from seeing The Town(a friend had free tickets) and it was great. I was very surprised and wouldn't mind seeing it again.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  9. The Soylent Green Monkey

    @moviegeek, I think The Sting qualifies.

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  10. moviegeek

    @Dave Yea, Lord of the Rings won. Has any heist movie won best picture? Nope.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  11. The Soylent Green Monkey

    and right now, Toy Story 3 is in the lead by MILES.

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  12. The Soylent Green Monkey

    the Lord of the Rings won Best Picture, @daveacotr7

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  13. Daveactor7

    @TheNarrator I disagree. Hereafter will be nominated but will not win, no scifi or fantasy has ever won best picture. This movie may not be up to that as well. We havent seen hereafter or social network yet. We've seen the town and so far its in the lead i can guarantee that.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  14. the Narrator

    @Daveactor, I think The Social Network and Hereafter are more likely to win than The Town. I agree that it will get nominated as it deserves that much. Also, you are a bit hypocritical. You praise the Town for being praised by critics, but when someone says it got less than an A- on Metacritic, you bring up how critics opinions don't always coincide with the Academy's like with Rain Man. Be sure to try and watch for that.

    P.S. John Wayne IS a name that can be touched. Sure he's an icon and everything, but I believe certain stories, no matter who was involved in them, can and should be remade for a better interpretation. The True Grit remake seems to be heading in the right direction as far as I've heard, focusing on staying true to the source material (the book) rather than the previous film adaption.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  15. Daveactor7

    @babyH ill keep that score after True Grit comes out lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  16. Daveactor7

    No, their best are no country for old men, fargo, and the big lebowski. Those are classics.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  17. TheDude1

    Well the new True Grit is not a 100 percent remake of the original. The story is different. Anyway the Coen brothers do make really good movies and have a very good track record. Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Ladykillers, No Country For Old Men, and Burn After Reading are all very good movies they have made.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  18. thedude-abides

    The Coens' stuff can be hard to watch for a lot of people, I'll give you that. And I'm sure a lot of John Wayne fans feel the same way about his movies as well. True Grit (2010) is just my prediction for Best Picture. You and I need to start keeping score. First on whether Hereafter sucks or not, and second, The Town vs. True Grit for Best Picture.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  19. Daveactor7

    LOL the coens are not that good. And true grit the original is a classic of John Wayne. JOHN WAYNE. No one in hollywood should touch that name.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  20. thedude-abides

    It's got the inside track is all I'm sayin'. I know we haven't seen anything from it, but based off everything else that's come out thus far, it's in the best position to win - assuming it's good.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  21. thedude-abides

    @Daveactor7: Lol. Yeah, I know. But, it's the Coens and it's True Grit. What more do you need to know? U know it's gonna rock. If it's half as good as No Country, it's a shoo-in. Either way, it's going to be something unforeseen, or something that hasn't come out yet that's gonna win.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  22. Daveactor7

    Inception proves its a great movie even in the box office lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  23. Flipsyde933

    @TheDude1 yea hope Inception can stay in top 10

    4 years agoby @flipsyde933Flag

  24. TheDude1

    How about this for big news. Inception will stay in the top 10 this weekend with the number 9 spot.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  25. Daveactor7

    We havent seen anything from True grit yet lmao.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  26. thedude-abides

    At this point, True Grit (if it ins't pushed back to next year) has the inside track to win Best Picture. Barring an unforeseen element, like last year's Hurt Locker, there is nothing coming out, or nothing that has come out to date that stands a chance. Otherwise, it's anybody's guess.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  27. moviegeek

    I love Rain Man! :D All I will say is that if this had come out in December, it might have a chance. But because the picture isn't being regarded as perfection, not in every, but in most eyes, then the four months until voting will cause he hype for this movie to die down. It will leave room for a picture that will speak perfection in a majority of minds.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  28. Daveactor7

    and not to mention this movie has superb acting

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  29. Daveactor7

    This movie will win it. And there is only one single review that is good for the social network thus far. We will have to wait and see

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  30. Daveactor7

    Did u ever see "rain man"? That was shot down by hundreds of critics including the top ones and it still won best picture.

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