December 21-23 Box Office Predictions

Monsters, Inc. 3D
Monsters, Inc. 3D

Plot: Monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted.

Why pass up the chance to see this again in theaters? In 3D? And about six months before the upcoming prequel? It’s a great chance and it’s really a great animated feature. One thing that’s great about Pixar re-releasing movies in 3D is that they use the 3D effects in moderation. They don’t make it gimmicky, they just make the visuals much better.

M.I.3D Box Office Prediction (Wed-Sun): $16, 000, 000

The Guilt Trip
The Guilt Trip

Plot: As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom’s house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.

This might as well be Due Date, but instead of buddy-then-best-friends Galifianakis and Downey Jr., it’s mother-and-son Streisand and Rogen. It looks generic and very familiar, but it might turn out to be a decent enough comedy for the holiday season.

T.G.T. Prediction (Wed-Sun):  $9, 500, 000


Plot: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

This looks like a feature that tests the relationship between two old folks. It looks really good, too.

Amour Box Office Prediction: $60, 000

Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty

Plot: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

It looks like one of the best films of 2012, helmed by the great and capable Kathryn Bigelow.

Z.D.T. Prediction: $112, 000

On the Road
On the Road

Plot: Young write Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their life indelibly.

Who’d pass up the chance to see Kristen Stewart express good acting abilities for once?

O.t.R Prediction:$45, 000

The Impossible
The Impossible

Plot: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.

T.I. Prediction: $186, 000

Not Fade Away
Not Fade Away

Plot: Set in suburban New Jersey the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big.

N.T.A. Prediction: $6500

This is 40

This is 40
This is 40

Plot: A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie after the events of Knocked Up.

T.i.40 Prediction: $14, 000, 000

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Plot: A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other.

It may offer an interesting experience for those who want something different from the usual holiday season Oscar flicks.

C.d.S.: W.A. Prediction: $2, 800, 000

Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher

Plot: A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

J.R. Prediction: $18, 900, 000

Top 10 Box Office Predictions

Title/Prediction/Studio/Rotten Tomatoes Score

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey/ $45, 000, 000/ Warner Bros./ 65%
2. Jack Reacher/ $18, 900, 000/ Paramount/ 61%
3. Monsters, Inc. 3D/ $16, 000, 000/ Buena Vista/ 96%
4. This is 40/ $14, 000, 000/ Universal/ 49%
5. The Guilt Trip/ $9, 500, 000/ Paramount/ 36%
6. Rise of the Guardians/ $6, 000, 000/ Paramount DreamWorks/ 74%
7. Lincoln/ $5, 900, 000/ Buena Vista/ 91%
8. Skyfall/ $5, 000, 000/ Sony/ 92%
9. Life of Pi/ $3, 800, 000/ Fox/ 89%
10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2/ $3, 000, 000/ Summit Ent./ 48%

2 thoughts on “December 21-23 Box Office Predictions

    1. You’re so lucky, Mark. I was really hoping to catch it this weekend. I gues s I have to wait until its expansion on January 4 (at least, I think that’s when it expands).

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