Box Office Predictions: February 12-14

Three potential heavy hitters open this joint President’s/Valentine’s Day weekend: R rated superhero pic Deadpool, Ben Stiller comedy sequel Zoolander No. 2, and Dakota Johnson rom com How to Be Single. You can read my detailed prediction posts on each here:

The new trio is likely to place 1-3 on the charts with current two week champ Kung Fu Panda 3 slipping to fourth and Hail, Caesar! probably rounding out the top five after a fairly lackluster debut.

Deadpool seems to be the one generating the most heat and it should dominate with Zoolander and Single in a close contest for second. With that, my top five predictions for the weekend:

**Please note these predictions are for the three day weekend and do not include the Monday President’s Day…

  1. Deadpool

Predicted Gross: $58.2 million

2. Zoolander No. 2

Predicted Gross: $20.9 million

3. How to Be Single

Predicted Gross: $18.7 million

4. Kung Fu Panda 3

Predicted Gross: $14 million (representing a drop of 34%)

5. Hail, Caesar!

Predicted Gross: $5.6 million (representing a drop of 51%)

Box Office Results (February 5-7)

As expected, Dreamworks animated Kung Fu Panda 3 stayed atop the charts while all three newcomers came in below my estimates. Panda earned $21.2 million, right in line with my $21.6M projection for a two week total of $69 million.

The Coen Brothers star studded comedy Hail, Caesar! had a ho hum $11.3 million debut, under my $14.3M prediction. While critics were mostly happy with it, Cinemascore audiences only gave it a dismal C- grade – hence my projection that it will lose over half its audience next weekend.

Holdovers Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant essentially tied for third, with each earning $6.9 million. The Revenant  (which was officially fourth) came in a bit below my $8.3M estimate and its total is at $149M. I incorrectly had Star Wars (officially third) outside of the top five and it has amassed $905M at press time.

The Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Choice had a limp debut in fifth with $6 million. I gave it too much credit with $9.6M. Same goes for newbie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which placed sixth with only $5.3 million compared to my $8.1M projection.

And that’ll do it for now, folks! Until next time…


2 thoughts on “Box Office Predictions: February 12-14

  1. Yo Todd!

    It appears you jinxed yourself a tad last week 🙂

    I’m going HIGH on Deadpool – $68.5M
    I’m right behind you on How to be Single – $15.8M
    I’m not feeling Zoolander 2 at all, and am predicting a bomb – $13M

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