Weekend Forecast: 'The Wolf of Wall Street', 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', 'Grudge Match', '47 Ronin', & 'Justin Bieber's Believe'
Featured Stories - on December 26, 2013 by BoxOffice Staff
The holiday market gets even more jam-packed this weekend with five new wide releases.
The Wolf of Wall Street
- Martin Scorsese's and Leonardo DiCaprio's streak of success over four films dating back to 2002.
- Strong early reviews and considerable awards buzz.
- Positive online tracking metrics across Twitter and Flixster.
- The controversial content could alienate some middle America audiences.
- The running time will limit the number of showtimes theaters are able to give.
- The crowded holiday market and competition from American Hustle, going after a similar crowd.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
- Ben Stiller's past box office success, particularly around the holidays.
- A strong marketing campaign that raised considerable awareness.
- The holiday-friendly themes of a feel-good story.
- Stiller's directorial stature hasn't been tested in this large of a way before, stepping out of his usual straight-up comedic genre.
- The crowded holiday market and competition from other family-friendly films.
- Online activity has been modest, indicating the film may mostly appeal to older crowds.
- The promise of seeing Raging Bull and Rocky together could be enticing for audiences.
- Older crowds looking for a genuine comedy will have nowhere else to turn this holiday season.
- Online activity has been tepid, although that may simply underline the film's older appeal.
- The crowded holiday market.
- Universal has mounted a strong marketing campaign with frequent ad placements over the last few weeks.
- Keanu Reeves returns to the stylized action genre where he found his biggest success in The Matrix films.
- Modestly positive Flixster buzz.
- Reeves hasn't been much of a box office draw in years.
- The crowded holiday market and competition from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- Sluggish Twitter and Facebook activity.
Justin Bieber's Believe
- Bieber sent his first film, Never Say Never, to a strong $73 million domestic run in 2011.
- Pre-sales are expectedly strong from his fans.
- Bieber's image has taken more and more hits as he's grown up, especially over the past year.
- Online buzz is significantly behind that of Bieber's past standards, and even that of One Direction: This Is Us.
Check out our forecast for these and the remainder of the weekend's top 13 in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Total Domestic Gross through Sunday, Dec. 29|
|The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Dec 13, 2013||Warner Bros. / New Line
|Frozen (2013)||Nov 22, 2013||Disney
|The Wolf of Wall Street||Dec 25, 2013||Paramount
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Dec 18, 2013||Paramount
|American Hustle||Dec 13, 2013||Sony / Columbia
|The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Dec 25, 2013||Fox
|Saving Mr. Banks||Dec 13, 2013||Disney
|47 Ronin||Dec 25, 2013||Universal
|Grudge Match||Dec 25, 2013||Warner Bros.
|The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Nov 22, 2013||Lionsgate
|Walking With Dinosaurs||Dec 20, 2013||Fox
|Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas||Dec 13, 2013||Lionsgate
|Justin Bieber's Believe||Dec 25, 2013||Open Road
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.