Something new is steaming over at Electric Bento as our movie magicians work to put together more content for 2019, including a weekend forecast along with a top 5 list of movies currently in theaters.
Here is the breakdown of the January 11 – 13, 2019 weekend forecast.
As of right now, it looks as if Warner Bros. Aquaman will continue to take the box office by storm with an anticipated $20m in its fourth frame. The James Wan-directed film seems to be showing no signs of slowing down and that’s a good thing even if we didn’t necessarily care for the film. It is good fun and deserves as much attention as it is getting.
Amongst the freshmen films’ this weekend is the long-gestating The Upside, an English remake of the French film The Intouchables. Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston make the most of this reheated story which is more of a watered down Pretty Woman than it is an updated Driving Miss Daisy. It was picked up by STX Films for distribution after Lantern Entertainment closed on its deal with the ill-fated Weinstein Company.
Also in theaters is A Dog’s Way Home from Sony’s Columbia Pictures. It wasn’t screened for us in Phoenix, but if the trailer is any indication of what type of film it will be, we’re safe to say that you should bring tissues to the theater with you.
In its fifth frame, the well-regarded, Golden Globe-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, also from Columbia Pictures should swing its way into the fourth slot this weekend with an estimated $9.7m dollars, no doubt boosted by its success last weekend at the Golden Globes.
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns is still holding strong in an estimated fifth place as it enters its fourth frame as well. The film’s well-being and genuine intention are still drawing in families who might have children not old enough to appreciate Aquaman or don’t necessarily want to ball their eyes out to A Dog’s Way Home.
In its second weekend, and in sixth place, Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room, which was not screened for Phoenix critics is anticipated to plummet 50% over its opening frame. We did eventually see the film and can recommend it for its originality.
Rounding out the remainder of the top 10 are Paramount’s Bumblebee, which we loved with an estimated $8.2m, Focus Feature’s On The Basis of Sex about Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s first major case in front of the Supreme Court is expected to take $7.8m in its third frame followed by Clint Eastwood’s The Mule, which we’ve seen twice and can recommend. It should fetch an estimated $6.2m. Adam McKay’s Vice about Dick Cheney hasn’t been playing well with audiences even as it still strives for peer gold out of the guilds and the Academy. It is expected that it will earn $4.4m for Annapurna Pictures in its third frame.
The only other new film being widely released this weekend is the Keanu Reeves’ film, Replicas from Entertainment Studios. It is anticipating a $4.3m opening box office take.
Golden Globe Best Picture-winning Bohemian Rhapsody which was also the subject of an op-ed article earlier this week is expected to see an increase as a “sing-along” version hits more screens from Twentieth Century Fox. It should end up just shy of $198.7m by the end of this weekend.
Finally Annapurna Pictures’ other film, If Beale Street Could Talk from Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins should see at least $3.0m in box office in its fifth frame.
Our current Top 5 films in theaters right now are:
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- Cold War
- Stan & Ollie
We’ll be back on Sunday with a weekend recap. Next week, look for Brennan Polich’s Top 10 of 2018 as well as a review of the upcoming sure-to-be-smash hit, Glass from M. Night Shyamalan.