After last weekend solid debut from Johnny Depp’s POTC: On Strangers Tide, the summer box office season kick into high gear as the 4 day memorial day box office weekend sees the release of the follow up to the mega smash The Hangover with the The Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 all competing for the top spot.
Jack Black, and gang (Including Angelina Jolie) are back this weekend with the follow up to the box office smash Kung Fu Panda with appropriately titled Kung Fu Panda 2. The original Kung Fu Panda was a solid box office hit grossing nearly $700M worldwide, garnering strong reviews, and appealing to kids, adults and teens alike. Kung Fu Panda2 with it’s solid reviews, funny trailers and a 4 day memorial day weekend to it’s benefit will allow Kung Fu Panda 2′s opening weekend box office gross to soar to new heights. With that said, look for Kung Fu Panda 2 to open strong at # 1.
Competing with Kung Fu Panda 2 comes the sequel to the highest grossing comedy The Hangover with The Hangover 2. Riding a wave buzz The original Hangover opened to solid results, and had astonishing legs nearly grossing $300M no small feet especially for an R-Rated film. Good will amongst audiences having the original cast back will help moviegoers ignore somewhat tepid reviews for The Hangover 2. Opening on Thursday look for The Hangover 2 to open with a solid gross in the #2 spot.
Johnny Depp & cohorts proved last weekend that the POTC franchise is still alive and well, albeit a bit weaker and growing more tired as it’s first weekend grosses were far below the previous two sequels. Reviews were mixed at best for this sequel which has failed to ignite any real buzz. Throw in the strong competition from The Hangover 2 , Kung Fu Panda 2 and POTC: On Strangers Tide should see itself thrown off the ship and the #1 spot to land at # 3 this weekend.
Rounding out the top 5 is the surprise box office hit Bridesmaids which should continue it’s streak of strong weekend holds to come in at #4 , while the box office hit Thor will spend what will most likely be it’s last weekend in the top five and land in the # 5 spot this weekend
And Now For Our Predictions
- Kung Fu Panda 2 – Our Prediction: $120-130M – 4 Day Weekend
- The Hangover 2 – Our Prediction: $100-110M – 4 Day Weekend
- POTC: On Strangers Tide- Our Prediction: $55M – 4 Day Weekend
- Bridesmaids – Our Prediction:$20M – 4 Day Weekend
- Thor – Our Prediction:$10-11M – 4 Day Weekend
- Fast Five – Our Prediction:$7M – 4 Day Weekend
- Rio – Our Prediction: $4M – 4 Day Weekend
- Something Borrowed – Our Prediction: $3M – 4 Day Weekend
- Priest – Our Prediction: $2.5 – 4 Day Weekend
- Jumping The Broom – Our Prediction: $2M – 4 Day Weekend.