With Beauty and the Beast disappointing slightly over the 3-day MLK frame, Contraband will take first place by a fairly comfortable margin, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. The action movie is set to pick up about $24.1 million, per Universal, while Disney pegs Beast's Friday-Sunday total at $18.5 million. Joyful Noise will bring in a solid, if slightly disappointing, $11.3 million for Warner Bros..
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol looks like it will end up in 3rd place, although its projected $11.5 million is only $200,000 ahead of Joyful Noise. The most notable returning movie, however, is The Devil Inside, which will crash over 75% in its second weekend to $7.9 million. Given Paramount's low costs on this one, profitability is already assured, however.
The Iron Lady's wide expansion this weekend, to 802 theaters, will probably give it a spot in the top ten. Weinstein projects $5.4 million, just ahead of We Bought a Zoo on $5.2 million.
In limited release, We Need to Talk About Kevin will post an impressive $44,000 in two theaters for Oscilloscope Pictures, which will be hoping for the kind of run and Oscar buzz enjoyed by The Messenger in 2009/2010.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and A Separation both continue with strong limited runs and will each land in the $80,000's this weekend from six theaters.
- Weekend Estimates
Bruce Nash firstname.lastname@example.org
Date posted: 2012-01-15