Long Range Forecast: 'Now You See Me' & 'The Purge'

Featured Stories - on April 06, 2013 by BOXOFFICE Staff

may31.pngThe calm after the storm of Memorial Day weekend sets in on Friday, May 31. Currently scheduled to open on that day are Now You See Me and The Purge.

Now You See Me

PROS:

- The large ensemble cast with recognizable names and faces like Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Jesse Eisenberg, and Mark Ruffalo.
- Early online buzz has been decent. 

CONS:

- Opening after Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hangover Part III, Fast & Furious 6 and before June 7's After Earth won't do it any favors.
- With rare exception, the weekend after Memorial Day isn't typically known for break-outs.

The Purge

PROS:

- Ethan Hawke recently helped Sinister turn into a solid box office hit.
- There isn't much in the way of thrillers opening early on during the summer. 

CONS:

- Opening in between a number of blockbusters could easily result in this smaller profile thriller getting lost in the shuffle.
- With rare exception, the weekend after Memorial Day isn't typically known for break-outs. 

Notable changes on our forecast this week include 42, Scary Movie 5, and Oblivion.

Check out our predictions for these and other upcoming films in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Now You See Me May 31, 2013 Lionsgate / Summit
$17,000,000 $50,000,000
The Purge May 31, 2013 Universal
$16,000,000 $40,000,000
Fast & Furious 6 May 24, 2013 Universal
$102,000,000* $215,000,000
Epic May 24, 2013 Fox
$33,000,000* $95,000,000
The Hangover Part III May 24, 2013 Warner Bros.
$86,000,000* $200,000,000
Star Trek Into Darkness May 17, 2013 Paramount
$128,000,000 $346,000,000
The Great Gatsby (2013) May 10, 2013 Warner Bros.
$24,000,000 $73,000,000
Tyler Perry Presents Peeples May 10, 2013 Lionsgate
$14,000,000 $35,000,000
Iron Man 3 May 3, 2013 Disney
$151,000,000 $375,000,000
The Big Wedding Apr 26, 2013 Lionsgate
$14,000,000 $50,000,000
Pain and Gain Apr 26, 2013 Paramount
$22,000,000 $55,000,000
Oblivion (2013) Apr 19, 2013 Universal
$41,000,000 $110,000,000
42 (2013) Apr 12, 2013 Warner Bros.
$20,000,000 $60,000,000
Scary Movie 5 Apr 12, 2013 Weinstein / Dimension
$20,000,000 $42,000,000

* = 4-day weekend (Friday-Monday)

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

Tags: Now You See Me, The Purge

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