Two notable entries enter the box office derby this weekend as comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2 with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adapted remake Murder on the Orient Express. You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on both here:
Neither newbie is likely to come anywhere near dislodging Thor: Ragnarok from a second weekend atop the charts. The critically acclaimed threequel is probably looking at a drop in the mid to possibly high 50s, which is par for the course for most MCU sequels.
The biggest question of the weekend is whether Home or Express nabs the #2 spot. Knowing that comedy sequels often under perform their predecessors (that happened just this past weekend), I’ve got Murder edging out Daddy’s for the runner-up position.
A Bad Moms Christmas should drop to fourth with Jigsaw rounding out the top five.
And with that, my top 5 projections for the weekend ahead:
1. Thor: Ragnarok
Predicted Gross: $53.8 million (representing a drop of 56%)
2. Murder on the Orient Express
Predicted Gross: $24.6 million
3. Daddy’s Home 2
Predicted Gross: $21.8 million
4. A Bad Moms Christmas
Predicted Gross: $8.6 million (representing a drop of 48%)
Predicted Gross: $2.9 million (representing a drop of 57%)
Box Office Results (November 3-5)
Thor: Rangarok easily posted the highest debut in its particular franchise and the 7th largest Marvel Cinematic Universe opening with $122.7 million, topping my $107.6M forecast. Terrific word-of-mouth certainly contributed to it opening nearly $40 million above its predecessor Thor: The Dark World.
A Bad Moms Christmas had an unimpressive debut in second with $16.7 million over the traditional three-day weekend. I was a bit higher at $18.7 million. The sequel opened on Wednesday and has taken in $21.2 million since then. Again, that’s below my projection of $26.2 million. It failed in five days to earn the $23.8 million accomplished by its predecessor in summer 2016.
Jigsaw dropped to third with $6.5 million compared to my $5.9 million estimate. The horror pic has grossed $28 million so far.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween was fourth with $4.5 million (I said $4.1 million) for a $42 million overall tally.
Geostorm rounded out the top five with $3.1 million (I went with $2.7 million) for $28 million total.
And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…