Don’t worry, you did not fall asleep for two days and wake up on Friday. I’m writing the TNU Box Office Preview on Wednesday because on July 4th, I plan to eat a lot of burgers, drink a lot stuff, and watch the neighbors annual fireworks show. By show I mean watching my neighbor trying not to hurt himself while his kids laugh. Hey, speaking of the Fourth of July…
Remember when July 4th meant some of the biggest movies of the summer were opening?
Yea, things have changed. I missed the memo from Hollywood when they decided it wasn’t worth it anymore. Instead, the bigger movies open the weekend before, or the weekend after. Personally I’d love to see a movie this weekend, but I’ve seen everything I want to see.
Anywho, Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy “Tammy” hits 3,400 theatres today. “Tammy” marks the feature directorial debut of her husband, Ben Falcone, but he’s no stranger to Melissa McCarthy’s movies. Falcone has made a cameo in most of her films.
“Tammy” stars McCarthy as a fed-up burger joint worker who leaves her husband behind for a trip with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Not surprisingly, critics hate this movie so far. As of Wednesday morning “Tammy” is only at 22 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Melissa McCarthy has been on a roll the last couple of years: In 2013 “The Heat” and “Identity Thief” grossed over $100 million domestically. Her winning streak should continue here as “Tammy” will easily crush the new films opening this week with around $40 million. However, “Tammy” will finish in second place to “Transformers: Age of Extinction” which should take in around $60 million.
Also opening today is horror flick “Deliver Us From Evil.” The film is about a New York cop (Eric Bana) who teams with a renegade priest (Edgar Ramirez) schooled in exorcisms to eradicate a series of possessions striking New York City.
The movie was directed by Scott Derrickson and cost roughly $30 million to produce. The film is inspired by the book co-written by real-life cop Ralph Sarchie.
Screen Gems and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are opening the film in 3,045 theatres. They’re aiming for a $20 million opening for “Deliver Us From Evil,” but I think that’s a bit high. The Fourth of July holiday isn’t exactly a great time to open a horror movie, so I’m thinking “Deliver Us From Evil” opens around $12 million and in third place.
Then we have family film “Earth to Echo.” Relativity Media hopes families will rush to see the story about a tiny alien robot befriended by humans. Fun fact: Disney made the film, but put it on the shelf last summer.
Disney then sold the rights to Relativity for a modest $13 million. After which Relativity did some reshoots and pushed the movie from a January release to July 2.
Not that it really matters who releases this movie. If “Earth to Echo” gets close to $10 million over the weekend, I’d consider it a win.