Unlike last Thanksgiving when nothing new came out, this year there’s something for everyone to enjoy:
New Line and Warner Bros.’ R-rated comedy “Horrible Bosses 2” hopes to attract younger adults and older teens looking for a good laugh. While “Penguins of Madagascar,” a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation’s popular Madagascar franchise, hopes to nab kids, their families, and 10 or 20 of their friends.
There’s even the teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” If I understand correctly, the 88-second teaser will begin playing Friday morning in 30 theaters across the country before every showing of every movie. I wonder how many people will pay to see a movie just to see the Star Wars trailer?
Anywho, even with strong competition from “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Penguins of Madagascar,” last week’s top movie “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” should easily win the five-day gobblethon with around $70 million. For a movie people don’t seem to like that much, it’s still a hit. As of this morning Mockingjay has earned over $285 million worldwide.
Opening in 3,600 screens, the animated “Penguins of Madagascar” should open in second place with around $50 million over the five-day weekend. The number could be higher if families go more than once, but Penguins won’t get anywhere near the $94 million “Frozen” brought in over Thanksgiving last year.
“Penguins of Madagascar” is directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, and features the voices of John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom McGrath, Christopher Knights, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Peter Stormare, Ken Jeong and Annet Mahendru.
And in third place, “Horrible Bosses 2” should gross $35 million to $40 million for the five days. The sequel is one of the few R-rated comedies to ever open on Thanksgiving, so it will be interesting to see how it does.
“Horrible Bosses 2” is opening in over 3,300 theatres this week. The film is directed by Sean Anders, stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis. They’re joined by Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz and Kevin Spacey.