Friday Estimates: Where The Wild Things Are On Top; Law Abiding Citizen Actually Does Well!

on Saturday, October 17, 2009  

Some very early Friday Estimates are starting to roll in, and as predicted, Where The Wild Things Are topped the Friday box office with an estimated $11.9 million.  This should guide the Warner Brothers feature to a solid $35 million weekend.  Keep reading to find out how the rest of the box office looked...

Law Abiding Citizen, the critically ravaged prison drama starringJamie Foxx and Gerard Butler, found a surprisingly great $7.7 million on Friday.  I predicted it to earn just $9.5 million, so this is definitely a break out hit. It could be headed to a $20 million weekend.

Paranormal Activity grossed a very good $6.7 million out of 760 theaters on Friday, so it should finish the weekend with an unbelievable $17 million.

Couples Retreat fell 50% from last Friday to $5.8 million, but it should recover over the rest of the weekend and finish with about $19 million.

The Stepfather also exceeded my expectations, finding $4.3 million on Friday, which is far from spectacular, but pretty good when you consider the poor reviews, the weak advertising, and the lack of proven star power.  It might grab $10.5 million over the weekend frame.

It should also be said that the box office is exhibiting a tremendous amount of depth this weekend, as five films are headed to $10+ million weekends! This abundance of ticket sales and great business is kind of random, considering this weekend really only had one high profile release, but hey, in this recession, every economic win is a reason to rejoice!

Box Office Estimates For October 16, 2009
1. Where The Wild Things Are - $11.9 million
2. Law Abiding Citizen - $7.7 million
3. Paranormal Activity - $6.7 million
4. Couples Retreat - $5.8 million
5. The Stepfather - $4.3 million
6. Zombieland - $2.4 million
7. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs - $2.1 million
8. Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D) - $825,000
9. The Invention Of Lying - $605,000
10. Surrogates - $585,000


John said...

Law Abiding Citizen is an awesome movie. Superb acting from Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx. Good chemistry between the two. It was intense throughout the whole movie. Slowed down a bit towards the end but overall still a great movie.

hoodin said...

Once again, Gerard Butler proves the critics wrong. Go see Law Abiding citizen! It will shock you, scare you, keep you in suspense and guessing what comes next.
Gerry Butler and Jamie Fox connect with each other, and their energy is amazing. You will be surprised at Butler's acting range. In this movie, he is not the handsome, affable hero of the story. He is a broken, lost father and husband who wants revenge for his family, but above even that he wants to fix a faulty judicial system that never gave him justice. He wants what happened to him, to never happen to anyone else.
The plot is first rate and exciting to say the least. The actors do not have a weak link among them, and will make your heart pound, and keep you guessing. Not to be missed!

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