BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Will 'Life as We Know It' Be Able to Raise Itself to the Top of the Charts?

Or can 'Secretariat' beat 'The Social Network' to the box office finish line this weekend?

PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE





As predicted last week, David Fincher's The Social Network took the number one slot, as well as the praise of most critics. But the big surprise last weekend was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's new film Let Me In, which was supposed to give the "Facebook movie" a run for it's money, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million. This weekend will see three new movies entering the charts, including the romantic comedy Life as We Know It, the Disney film Secretariat and the horror movie My Soul to Take, which are all sure to give last week's reigning champ a tough fight.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new romantic comedy about parenting called Life as We Know It. The film stars Katherine Heigl (Killers), Josh Duhamel (When in Rome), Josh Lucas (Hulk), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Jean Smart (Garden State). Currently the movie has an average rating of 3.8 on our site. Out of the five people who have rated the film, only two of them have given it five stars. While the teaser trailer for the movie has had less than 8,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new movie: "Heigl and Duhamel are okay for the roles, but would have been better off with a finer script. Though the best actors are the twins playing the baby whose crying turns to smiles as though on cue from the director." The movie is predicted to earn $15.5 million this weekend in its debut.

Predicted to fall one place from last week to number two is the new film from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher called The Social Network. The movie, which is about the founding of Facebook, stars a cast of excellent young actors that includes Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go), Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog). Last weekend, the movie made $8,300 on each of its 2,771 screens for an opening weekend total of about $23 million. Overall the film has received rave reviews and earned back almost half of its $50 million production budget in its opening weekend. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $13.4 million this weekend.

Predicted to open at number three is Walt Disney Pictures new sports film Secretariat, based on the true story of the triple-crown winning racehorse. The film stars Oscar nominees Diane Lane (Unfaithful), John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) and James Cromwell (Babe), as well as Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Fred Dalton Thompson (Die Hard 2: Die Harder) and Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October). Currently the movie has an average rating of a 3.8 on our site. Out of the seven people who have rated the film, only one of them have given it five stars while the teaser trailer for the movie has had less than 2,000 views. Here is what our official reviewer had to say about the new movie: "In the tradition of fine Disney sports films, that tell more than just a story about an athlete but also depict an important time in our nations history, this movie fully succeeds in that task while Diane Lane and John Malkovich give great performances." The movie is predicted to earn $13 million this weekend in its debut.

Predicted to debut at number four is the new film from "master of horror" director Wes Craven called My Soul to Take. The movie stars Nick Lashaway, Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey, Jessica Hecht, Emily Meade and Frank Grillo. Currently the movie has an average rating of a 3.3 on our site. Out of the six people who have rated the film, only one of them has given it five stars. While the teaser trailer for the movie has had less than 7,000 views.

Predicted to drop three places from last week to number five is the latest film from visionary director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Dawn Of The Dead) called Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. The computer animated film about a group of heroic owls stars an all-star cast of voice actors including Oscar winners Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine) as well as Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Jim Sturgess (21), Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch). While the movie dropped nearly 32.6% last week from its debut the week before, it actually earned roughly $3,036 on each of its 3,575 screens for a weekend total of $10.8 million. In just two weeks on the charts the movie has made over $30 million, which is not bad but still falls short of earning back its entire $80 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $7.2 million this weekend.

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

Predicted to slip two spots from last week to number six is the latest 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). While the movie dropped nearly 35.9% from its last week from its debut the week before, it was actually added in fifty new theaters this week and earned roughly $3,407 on each of its 2,935 screens for a weekend total of $10 million. In just three weeks the movie has made almost $65 million, which earns back its entire $37 million production budget and then some. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $6.4 million this weekend.

Predicted to drop four places form last week to number seven is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the long-awaited sequel to director Oliver Stone's iconic '80s movie Wall Street. The film stars Michael Douglas reprising his Oscar winning role as Gordon Gekko and also features a talented cast of actors including Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Susan Sarandon (The Lovely Bones), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) and Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men). While the movie dropped nearly 46.9% last week from its debut the week before, it was actually added in thirty-two new theaters this week and earned roughly $2,808 on each of its 3,579 screens for a weekend total of $10.1 million. In just two weeks the movie has made over $35 million, which is still short of earning back its entire $70 million production budget. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $5.5 million this weekend.

Predicted to slip three places from last week to number eight 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). While the movie dropped nearly 34.0% last week from the previous week, it was actually added in 118 new theaters this week and earned roughly $2,354 on each of its 2,974 screens for a weekend total of $7 million. In just three weeks the movie has made almost $43 million, which earns back its entire $8 million production budget and a healthy profit. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $4.7 million this weekend.

Predicted to drop three spots from last week to number nine this week is the new romantic comedy You Again, about a young woman who must deal with the demons of her past when her brother marries her high school rival. The film stars a talented group of female performers including Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Odette Yustman (Rogues Gallery), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies), Kristin Chenoweth (Four Christmases) and Betty White (The Proposal). While the movie dropped nearly 31.9% last week from the previous week, it earned roughly $2,246 on each of its 2,548 screens for a weekend total of $5.7 million. In two weeks the movie has made almost $16.6 million and with a predicted additional $3.3 million this weekend, should finally earn back most of its $20 million production budget.

Finally, predicted to round off the top ten this week and slipping two places from last week is was the new horror film from Cloverfield director Matt Reeves called Let Me In, which is based on the extremely popular Swedish film Let the Right One in. The movie stars Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Elias Koteas (The Thin Red Line) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). Last week the film was predicted to open at least at number two on the charts but was considered a failure since it didn't even crack the top five in its debut weekend and could only secure eighth place. The movie only made $2,624 on each of its 2,020 screens for a terrible opening weekend total of about $5.3 million, nowhere near its $20 million production costs. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $1.7 million this weekend. 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!

Life as We Know It was released October 8th, 2010 and stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Alexis Clagett, Brynn Clagett, Brooke Clagett, Hayes MacArthur, Christina Hendricks. The film is directed by Greg Berlanti.

The Social Network was released October 1st, 2010 and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter, Dustin Fitzsimons, Armie Hammer, Joseph Mazzello, Patrick Mapel, Max Minghella. The film is directed by David Fincher.



Sources: Jami Philbrick

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Comments (9)

  1. WiseGuy

    Oh man, I hope that this sh*tty movie doesn't take over Social Network for the number one spot, Network deserves to be #1!

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  2. ed_wood

    The Social Network will probably stay on top and My Soul to Take looks really horrible.

    4 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  3. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    you people only have taste for crime, thriller, action, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, & adventure films
    but not romance, drama, musical or even horror films
    there are a lot of bad Rom-Coms but there are some good!

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  4. TheSymbiote

    instead of any of the new movies that came out this week we saw The Town which was pretty dam good

    4 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  5. DoubleR0522

    @TheSoylentgreenmonkey i agree

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  6. Emmytt

    @soylentgreen2 right okthen

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  7. The Soylent Green Monkey

    @emmytt Nope.

    And I have a strong feeling that the Social Network will be #1 again.

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  8. Emmytt

    this year isnt that good for movies is it?

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  9. TheSymbiote

    People actually want to see Secretariat?

    4 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag