Box Office Predictions: April 15-17

Disney should dominate the upcoming weekend as its live-action remake of The Jungle Book swings into theaters. It’s not the only new game in town though as Barbershop: The Next Cut and Kevin Costner/Ryan Reynolds action thriller Criminal also debut. You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on each of them here:

I have The Jungle Book outpacing the Mouse Factory’s terrific debuts for Maleficent and Cinderella. Word of mouth and reviews are both solid and my prediction puts it just under what Zootopia earned out of the gate in March.

My prognosis is also bright for Barbershop, the third entry in a franchise that’s been dormant for over a decade. As for Criminal, I have it coming in slightly under what Costner’s 3 Days to Kill accomplished two years ago. It’s worth saying that estimate for it is a bit above others that have it coming in with less than $10M.

Current champ The Boss may fall in the low to mid 40s while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should continue its streak of 50% plus dips in its fourth weekend. And with that, my predictions for this weekend’s top five:

  1. The Jungle Book

Predicted Gross: $74.6 million

2. Barbershop: The Next Cut

Predicted Gross: $23.1 million

3. The Boss

Predicted Gross: $13.5 million (representing a drop of 42%)

4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Predicted Gross: $11.1 million (representing a drop of 52%)

5. Criminal

Predicted Gross: $9.3 million

Box Office Results (April 8-10)

I predicted a tight race for the top spot between Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in weekend #3. It was even closer than I thought it would be as The Boss opened in first with $23.4 million. My prediction? $23.5M! Talk about being a boss, eh? Hey, this doesn’t happen too often, so I’ll enjoy it while I can.

That means BvS slipped to second place with $23.3 million, a tad below my $24.5M prognosis. Warner Bros superhero mashup stands at $296M after three weeks.

Disney’s Zootopia was third with $14.3 million – in line with my $14.9M estimate for a total of $296M as well.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 was fourth in weekend #3 with $6.4 million, a bit under my $7.3M prediction for a $4.6M total.

Finally – landing with a major thud in fifth place was the debut of first person action flick Hardcore Henry with just $5.1 million compared to my $7.8M projection. And I was on the lower end of estimates!

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


One thought on “Box Office Predictions: April 15-17

  1. Yo Todd!

    It won’t be long now….the summer box office season will be here before we know it! That’s where I usually create some distance, my friend 🙂

    As for this weekend’s releases, here’s what I’ve got:
    The Jungle Book – $77.7M
    Barbershop Shop 3 – $25.2M
    Criminal – $7.8M

    Now, if only I didn’t suck so bad at the Fantasy Movie League…HAHA

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