Weekend Forecast: 'Hotel Transylvania 2', 'Everest', 'The Intern', & 'The Green Inferno'

Featured Stories - on September 23, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff

sep25.pngThree 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

PROS:

- 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.

CONS:

- 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)

PROS:

- 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.

CONS:

- 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.

The Intern

PROS:

- 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.

CONS:

- 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

PROS:

- 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.

CONS:

- 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
$36,000,000 $36,000,000
Everest (2015) Sep 18, 2015 Universal
$27,000,000 $37,000,000
The Intern Sep 25, 2015 Warner Bros.
$19,000,000 $19,000,000
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Sep 18, 2015 Fox
$15,000,000 $53,200,000
Black Mass Sep 18, 2015 Warner Bros.
$13,000,000 $44,300,000
The Visit (2015) Sep 11, 2015 Universal
$6,000,000 $51,500,000
War Room Aug 28, 2015 Sony / TriStar
$5,000,000 $56,800,000
The Perfect Guy Sep 11, 2015 Sony / Screen Gems
$4,700,000 $48,900,000
The Green Inferno Sep 25, 2015 BH Tilt / High Top
$3,000,000 $3,000,000
A Walk in the Woods Sep 2, 2015 Broad Green Pictures
$1,600,000 $27,800,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report. 

Tags: Hotel Transylvania 2, The Green Inferno, The Intern, Everest, predictions

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