This is the End could be this summer’s Ted, but I think Man of Steel is standing in its way of being a huge movie. The premise is great and it’s bound to be one of the year’s best ensembles, starring many of comedy’s biggest names (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel) all playing “heightened” versions of themselves. How awesome does that sound? Sounds way better than just Adam Sandler and his buddies making a crappy movie. We get to see real buddies making a great movie! Ted opened to $54.41 million last June. The Hangover grossed $44.9 million in its opening. I think this will do well because moviegoers are seriously hungry for a good comedy; Peeples or The Hangover Part III certainly didn’t cut it, and I’m not sure if The Internship was a good comedy or not. My prediction for the five-day frame (Wed-Sun) is $45 million.
Man of Steel should be a huge movie, as movies similar to this open to an average $57.35 million. It has a great cast, so that should work in its favour. Superman fans deserve a good Superman movie, but the reviews for this have ranged from mixed to positive. That isn’t so great, and it’s already slipped into the rotten range on Rotten Tomatoes, as it stands at 58%. Many people are excited for it (including myself), so I still expect it to have a good weekend. Director Zack Snyder has an average opening of $37.59 million. He’s dabbled in the superhero sub-genre, so he does some stellar experience. I think the director-writer-producer team of Snyder, David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, respectively, will bring us a very fun movie. Michael Shannon also looks great as the villain. I think this will gross at least (or close to) $100 million, so I’ll predict it at $104 million.
1. Man of Steel: $104, 000, 000
2. This is the End: $45, 000, 000 (Wed-Sun)
3. Now You See Me: $11, 000, 000
4. Fast & Furious 6: $10, 740, 000
5. The Purge: $10, 685, 000
6. Epic: $8, 120, 000
7. Star Trek Into Darkness: $7, 575, 000
8. After Earth: $4, 250, 000
9. Iron Man 3: $3, 540, 000
10. Before Midnight: $3, 238, 000