Alfonso Cuaron’s critically acclaimed sci-fi flick Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney should easily open at the #1 spot this weekend. I’m not expecting a whole lot of out the weekend’s other newbies, Runner Runner with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck and the concert film Metallica Through the Never. You can find my individual prediction posts on all three here:
As for holdovers, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 came in well below my projection, grossing $34 million in its debut. A sophomore frame drop in the mid-30s seems likely while last weekend’s #2 and #3 Prisoners and Rush should fall in the high 30s-low 40s. With a debut on only approximately 650 screens, the Metallica pic should open well outside the top five.
And with that, my estimates for this coming weekend’s top five pics:
Predicted Gross: $38.7 million
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Predicted Gross: $21.8 million (representing a drop of 36%)
3. Runner Runner
Predicted Gross: $10.9 million
Predicted Gross: $6.2 million (representing a drop of 43%)
Predicted Gross: $6.1 million (representing a drop of 39%)
I’ll have a Saturday update on the blog’s Facebook page with final results Sunday!