It’s another busy weekend at the box office as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them looks to dominate the charts with three other newbies debuting. They are: coming of age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen, Ang Lee’s war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and boxing biopic Bleed for This. You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on each of them here:
As mentioned, the newest adaptation from a J.K. Rowling work should easily place first (just like the Potter pics) and I’ve got it pegged for a mid 80s premiere (if it went higher, that wouldn’t shock me).
Holdover blockbusters Doctor Strange and Trolls should drop to second and third with Arrival possibly battling it out with newcomers Seventeen and Walk for the 4-6 positions. As for Bleed, it should be outside the top 6 and I’ve got it pegged at just $5.8M (though it could be a potential sleeper).
As for where the blog readers stand on my predictions for the newbies:
Fantastic Beasts: 60% Too Low, 31% Just About Right, 9% Too High
The Edge of Seventeen: 44% Just About Right, 39% Too Low, 17% Too High
Billy Lynn: 47% Too High, 37% Just About Right, 16% Too Low
Bleed for This: 57% Too Low, 36% Just About Right, 7% Too High
And with that, my top 6 predictions for the weekend ahead:
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Predicted Gross: $83.1 million
2. Doctor Strange
Predicted Gross: $21.5 million (representing a drop of 49%)
Predicted Gross: $19.7 million (representing a drop of 43%)
Predicted Gross: $13.6 million (representing a drop of 43%)
5. The Edge of Seventeen
Predicted Gross: $10.9 million
6. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Predicted Gross: $9.2 million
Box Office Results (November 11-13)
In a robust weekend, holdovers held over very well and some newcomers had solid results (with one exception).
Marvel’s Doctor Strange retained the #1 spot in its sophomore frame with a $42.9 million gross (ahead of my $37.5M projection) to bring its ten-day total to $152M.
The news was also great in weekend #2 for Dreamworks animated Trolls as it grossed $34.9 million in second (more than my $26.8M estimate) for a hair raising $93M total.
Critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Arrival had a fine third place showing – arriving with $24 million (just above my $22.4M prediction). While audiences were a bit more mixed than reviewers, it could settle in for fairly small drops in future weekends and manage to top $100M.
Fourth place saw Almost Christmas deliver a pleasing $15.1 million (though not matching my $18.3M forecast).
Rounding out the top five was Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, holding nicely in its second weekend with $10.6 million (I said $8.9M). The lauded WWII drama has taken in $32M thus far.
The dud of the weekend was the Naomi Watts horror thriller Shut In, which managed just $3.5 million for 8th place. I predicted a bit higher with $5.7M.
And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…