The 19th weekend of 2012 is looking like a solid $155 million for the Top 12 films, up 20% from both this weekend last year and the four-year average for the same weekend. Marvel’s The Avengers will definitely smash the second weekend record — the only question is by how much. Dark Shadows opened below our forecast and will soon be forgotten.
Marvel’s The Avengers is on track to gross just over $100 million in its second weekend, just below our $104 million forecast. If it can hold at the century mark, Avengers will beat the second weekend record by a whopping 32%. (Avatar grossed $75.6 million its second weekend in December 2009.) We have adjusted our Domestic Final estimate for The Avengers to over $600 million.
Dark Shadows from Warner Brothers opened with a $9.5 million Friday and is headed for an estimated $26.2 million opening weekend, falling short of the $34.5 million ShowBuzzDaily forecast. The latest Tim Burton-Johnny Depp project should average $6,900 for the weekend at 3,755 theaters. The film is getting very mediocre reviews (currently 43% positive at RottenTomatoes), and Mitch Salem was not impressed in his review. Last year on this same weekend, Bridesmaids opened with almost exactly the same number as Dark Shadows, but given differences in genre and movie quality, Dark Shadows will take a very different trajectory than the hit comedy. Dark Shadows is headed for a preliminary $71 million in North America (while Bridesmaids played and played and multiplied out to an impressive $169.1 million domestically).
In case you missed them, click to see this week’s Weekend Predictions
|May 11-13, 2012||Pre-Wknd Showbuzz Forecast||Early Weekend Estimate||Actual Friday Gross||Showbuzz Domestic Final Proj.|
|Think Like a Man||Sony||[4.6]||5.9||1.6||95|
|The Hunger Games||LG||[3.6]||4.5||1.2||405|
|The Lucky One||WB||[3.2]||4.0||1.3||60|
|Pirates! Band of Misfits||Sony||[3.4]||3.5||0.8||32|
Note: The table above summarizes an early look at the weekend. The first column is a reminder of each film’s ShowBuzzDaily Forecast for the weekend (in brackets). The second column, on which the films are sorted, displays the new weekend projection for each film, based on the Friday numbers (the third column). The final column is a preliminary estimate of the ShowbuzzDaily Domestic Total number for the film’s total run in North America. A “++” indicates the Domestic number has been upgraded; a “–” indicates a downgrade.
Total Box Office Volume
The Top 12 Films this weekend are looking like $155 million total Friday-Sunday, up 20% from both the same calendar weekend last year and the average for this weekend the past four years.
|WEEKEND #19||Weekend Volume: Top 12 Films||Top Movies Opening Each Weekend|
|2012||$155||Dark Shadows $26|
|2011||$129||Bridesmaids $26, Priest $15|
|2010||$131||Robin Hood $36, Letters to Juliet $13, Just Wright $8|
|2009||$131||Angels & Demons $46|
|2008||$126||Chronicles of Narnia $55|
Check back tomorrow morning for updated weekend figures and revised estimates for domestic final grosses, as well as updated international figures later in the day Sunday.