Plot: A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959.
Hitchcock is the much anticipated biopic of Alfred Hitchcock that depicts his relationship with his wife during the making of 1960’s Psycho. Anthony Hopkins seems quite fitting and chilling in the role. It’s hitting sixteen theaters this weekend (I wish it would be coming to more!!) and it will be a treat for lovers of the masterful director and lovers of a good love story.
Hitchcock Prediction: $360, 000
Plot: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Ang Lee’s new feature, based on Yann Martel’s novel, seems visually beautiful and the story sounds quite intriguing. This time around, he’s directing an aggressive tiger, not a crouching one. This could very well be a frontrunner at the Oscars this year. It’s at 2700 theaters this weekend.
L.o.P Prediction: $28, 400, 000 (Wed-Sun)
Plot: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.
This one has sat on the shelf since 2009, but now it’s finally here… To the sound of poor reviews. That won’t stop me from seeing it, though. Apparently the original wasn’t great, so maybe filmmakers could do it better this time. The original had an opening weekend to the sound of $8.23 million, but I’m hoping it’ll be much better this time around.
R.D. Prediction: $17, 200, 000 (Wed-Sun)
Plot: When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.
DreamWorks Animation is a very hit-and-miss studio. It’s had winners like the first two Shrek films, the apparently great How to Train Your Dragon, the pretty good Madagascar trilogy, and Kung Fu Panda. But, they’ve also had losers like Shark Tale and Over the Hedge. Guardians‘ story seems very intriguing and original. While it does seem a little odd, I really want to check it out. It looks like a great adventure with an awesome voice cast.
R.o.t.G Prediction: $59, 500, 000 (Wed-Sun)
Plot: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Rust and Bone is a foreign feature and is Jacques Audiard’s follow-up to the acclaimed A Prophet. It seems intriguing and I might want to check it out once it comes to town.
R.a.B Prediction: $175, 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 (that opened to $12.135 million in its wide opening weekend), 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 comes to 367 theaters this weekend.
S.L.P. Prediction: $5, 250, 000
TOP 10 BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS
TITLE/PREDICTION/STUDIO/ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE
1. Rise of the Guardians/ $59, 500, 000/ Paramount (DreamWorks)/ 76%
2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2/ $52, 000, 000/ Summit Ent./ 47%
3. Life of Pi/ $28, 400, 000/ Fox/ 86%
4. Skyfall/ $22, 800, 000/ MGM/ 92%
5. Red Dawn/ $17, 200, 000/ FilmDistrict/ 12%
6. Wreck-It Ralph/ $13, 500, 000/ Buena Vista/ 86%
7. Silver Linings Playbook/ $5, 250, 000/ Weinstein/ 91%
8. Flight/ $4, 300, 000/ Paramount/ 78%
9. Argo/ $3, 200, 000/ Warner Bros./ 95%
10. Taken 2/ $1, 500, 000/ Fox/ 21%
Are you any of you going to the theater this weekend?