After a mostly MEH reception to “Interstellar,” Warner Bros. is really hoping to bounce back big this weekend. But will moviegoers feel like taking another long trip to Middle Earth?
Although the Hobbit films haven’t been as well received as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” should easily trounce the competition this weekend. The sixth film the Middle Earth saga opened earlier this week, earning an estimated $24.46 million on opening day. That includes an estimated $11.2 million from late Tuesday showings.
Some are predicting “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will earn over $100 million from Wednesday to Sunday, but I don’t think it will get that high.Don’t get me wrong, the movie will still do monster business, but probably in the $85 million range. And if you go to a theatre this weekend, Five Armies will be hard to miss, as Warner Bros. is opening the movie at 3,875 theaters.
Playing at 3,783 theaters, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” should be the go to movie for families this weekend. Directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ben stiller, Secret of the Tomb should finish in second place with around $35 million. Secret of the Tomb also features Robin Williams reprising his role as Theodore Roosevelt; and this marks his final role for a major studio.
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is the last movie in the Museum franchise. Unless of course Secret of the Tomb is well received and/or breaks all sorts of records. If that happens, don’t be surprised when Fox announces a new set of films or even a reboot.
The bomb of the week I’m afraid, may go to Sony’s “Annie.” The musical remake hits 3,000 theaters this weekend, but the movie will have trouble making to third place. The movie’s cast includes Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Bryne, and starring as Annie, “Beast of the Southern Wild” actress Quvenzhane Wallis.
That’s a solid cast, but “Annie” will likely split audiences with “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Not to mention that “Annie” was leaked online in the still ongoing hacking scandal. To make matters worse, reviews for “Annie” have been rough: 21 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as of Friday morning. With all that in mind, “Annie” may not even make it to $16 million this weekend.