Weekend Forecast: 'Hotel Transylvania 2', 'Everest', 'The Intern', & 'The Green Inferno'
Featured Stories - on September 23, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff
Three new wide openers, plus the wide expansion of last week's successful IMAX release (Everest), take the spotlight in this weekend's forecast.
Hotel Transylvania 2
- The first film was well-liked by family crowds after a September record $42.5 million opening, going on to over $148 million domestically.
- The ensemble voice cast will probably still appeal somewhat to parents.
- Social media activity is solid, with the franchise's Facebook page claiming over 9.3 million fans. Recent Twitter/Facebook trends are even comparable to those of SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water.
- Star Adam Sandler's critical and box office reputation has unfortunately continued to sour since the first film's release. His family appeal may curb some of that here, though.
- Animated sequels tend to stay flat or fall from their predecessors' runs.
- Long-term potential could be held down by next month's Goosebumps.
Everest (Wide Expansion)
- The film's strong IMAX debut last weekend proves there is significant interest among the masses.
- The ensemble cast of well-known and respected actors further bolsters appeal.
- Reviews and social media buzz are very encouraging.
- The increasing amount of competition for adult crowds in the marketplace could be a small deterrent.
- Losing IMAX screens next week to The Walk will limit its long-term potential in that lucrative format.
- Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro appeal to two somewhat different audiences, creating potential for strong counter-programming.
- Writer/director Nancy Meyers has her own fan base out there thanks to hits like It's Complicated, The Holiday, and Something's Gotta Give.
- Social media activity is solid, although noticeably behind Trainwreck on all fronts.
- Reviews are mediocre, which gives it a challenge in overcoming the competition for adult viewers.
The Green Inferno
- Filmmaker Eli Roth is arguably one of the most prolific horror filmmakers around today. His cult crowd could show up.
- Flixster and Facebook activity are somewhat stronger than those of The Gallows.
- Reviews are middling, although that's not necessarily a bad thing for this genre.
- The low-profile release likely means awareness and/or interest in this are minimal even among horror fans.
Top 10 Forecast
BoxOffice is projecting this weekend's top ten films will gross approximately $130.3 million. That would represent a strong 36 percent improvement over the same frame last year, whose top ten totaled $96 million as The Equalizer led the weekend with a $34.1 million debut.
Check our our complete forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, Sep. 27|
|Hotel Transylvania 2||Sep 25, 2015||Sony / Columbia
|Everest (2015)||Sep 18, 2015||Universal
|The Intern||Sep 25, 2015||Warner Bros.
|Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Sep 18, 2015||Fox
|Black Mass||Sep 18, 2015||Warner Bros.
|The Visit (2015)||Sep 11, 2015||Universal
|War Room||Aug 28, 2015||Sony / TriStar
|The Perfect Guy||Sep 11, 2015||Sony / Screen Gems
|The Green Inferno||Sep 25, 2015||BH Tilt / High Top
|A Walk in the Woods||Sep 2, 2015||Broad Green Pictures
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.