Plot: Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Tom Stoppard is adapting Leo Tolstoy’s flawless novel for the big screen. The Joe Wright-Keira Knightley team is back, as they have worked together for Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. This seems like a great old-fashioned drama that is only making it to 16 theaters in its opening weekend. It isn’t the most anticipated of this weekend’s releases, but it seems sort of promising for its target audience. The supporting cast includes the great Jude Law, Kelly Macdonald, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
A.K. Prediction: $450, 000
Plot: As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated biopic of Abraham Lincoln is finally expanding after its initial limited release. It earned a great $900, 000 at just eleven theaters this weekend, and it is now expanding to 1500 theaters.
Lincoln Prediction: $17, 250, 000
Plot: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell brings us a potential Oscar contender with the anticipated Silver Linings Playbook. This is his follow-up film to 2010’s The Fighter, and he actually surprised a few people by not choosing Mark Wahlberg as the former teach Pat Solitano. Russell is often at his best while directing Wahlberg. Though, regardless of its main star, it still looks charming, funny and thematic. The cast makes the film look even more promising.
S.L.P. Prediction: $1, 878, 000
Plot: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
Finally. Finally, it’s here. The end of the series, I mean. I have no interest in seeing this. I got you there for a second, didn’t I? It seems like a nice movie for its target audience, but I can’t see the entertainment value. Oh, there are vampire villains after us, and we need to protect our child. Now, Bella’s turned into a vampire. Is she going to sparkle in the night, too? The whole vampire premise has been worn out by this. Throw in that lame ass teen romance “dilemma”: Should I pick the vampire? Or should I pick the guy who turns into a big dog? Decisions, decisions, decisions… One thing will keep me content: None of these films will ever get nominated for an Oscar. At least, I hope not. Otherwise, it will be duly noted in my suicide note. Teenagers and others who actually like this sort of premise, enjoy. It will unfortunately make a lot of money this weekend, much to my dismay.
T.S: BDP2 Prediction: $147, 480, 000
TOP 10 BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS
TITLE/PREDICTION/STUDIO/ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2/$147, 480, 000/ Summit Ent.
2. Skyfall/ $62, 000, 000/ MGM/ 91%
3. Wreck-It Ralph/ $21, 442, 000/ Buena Vista/ 85%
4. Lincoln/ $17, 250, 000/ Buena Vista/ 91%
5. Flight/ $10, 000, 000/ Paramount/ 77%
6. Argo/ $3, 800, 000/ Warner Bros./ 95%
7. Taken 2/ $2, 750, 000/ Fox/ 21%
8. Here Comes the Boom/ $2, 000, 000/ Sony/ 40%
9. Silver Linings Playbook/ $1, 878, 000/ Weinstein Company/ 86%
10. Cloud Atlas/ $1, 400, 000/ Warner Bros./ 64%
Are you guys going to the theater this weekend?