The second Christmas comedy in as many weeks hits screens next Friday as The Night Before opens. Unlike Love the Coopers, which looks like a safe and tame entry in the genre, this is one is a hard R rated experience which stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, and even Miley Cyrus. Jonathan Levine is behind the camera and he’s directed Rogen and Gordon-Levitt before in 50/50. It’s co-written by Evan Goldberg, who’s collaborated with Rogen on Superbad, Pineapple Express, This is the End, and The Interview.
The trailers and TV spots for The Night Before are pretty successful at making this seem like good and raunchy holiday fun. How well that translates into immediate box office dollars is a valid question. It does have serious competition in the form of the final Hunger Games pic and that could eat into its opening weekend gross. Anything above $20 million out of the gate would be a little surprising to me. I’ll predict this manages somewhere in the mid teens as it hopes to play well over the next few weekends leading to Christmas.
The Night Before opening weekend prediction: $16.6 million
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