By David Poland email@example.com
Weekend Estimates by Klady: The Anchorhobbit
Not a ton to add today.
Hobbit 2 may have to settle for a domestic gross in the $275 million range. Anchorman 2 solid, but not overwhelming. American Hustle expands well, a step behind another Oscar-time Megan Ellison project, True Grit. Still looks like a $100m+ domestic grosser. Frozen is icy hot and should pass Walt Disney Animation’s top domestic gross ($200m for Tangled) by this next Friday or Saturday. Could well be at $230m or more by the end of the holiday… $250m domestic total seems a sure bet. As noted before, it’s Tangled‘s $390 international that is the bigger hump at this point… with a lot of world to still open.
A decent expansion for Saving Mr. Banks, but nothing to dance with penguins over. Can Disney warm this one up at this late date? Huge challenge.
Walking With Dinosaurs looks even worse after 3 days. No real Saturday bump. In other words, their strongest demo play is flopping too.
Inside Llewyn Davis clearly has some interest out there… but at 148 screens, these numbers are truly tea leaves. I suspect that CBS, which has been all-publicity-all-the-time on this film for months will be waiting on Oscar nominations to really lift the box office boat. (Of course, The Coens already have a Best Picture nomination for the second lowest grossing BP nominee in modern history… under $10 million for A Serious Man. So the rules of gross mattering to many pictures may not be relevant in analyzing their Oscar chances.)