The numbers at Deadline are very preliminary, but it’s clear there will be no surprises at the boxoffice this weekend. Pixar/Disney’s BRAVE has expertly shot arrows into the backs of everything else in the market, and will tower over the weekend. Reports are that the film made $25M on Friday, on par with Cars 2‘s $25.7 opening day, which led to a $66M weekend. Brave, not being a sequel and thus less front-loaded, could have a better multiple, more like Up, which had a $21.5M opening day and a $68.1M weekend. If Brave has that kind of trajectory, it could get into the high $70Ms by the end of the weekend, which would make it Pixar’s highest non-sequel opening, above Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, both a bit above $70M.
Brave certainly doesn’t have to worry about any challenge from ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (20th). As expected, that weird mash-up of horror movie and American history tanked, with a reported $6.5M Friday that could mean a lousy $16M weekend, only slightly better than last week’s flops Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy.
In a more limited 1600 theatre opening, the offbeat rom-com SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (Focus/Universal) barely registered with a $1.2M Friday that might get it to $4M or so for the weekend, only about $2500 per theatre.
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