Pre-weekend projections for the last, best hope of a blockbuster that would save the summer were for “Guardians of the Galaxy” to manage $70-80 million, with the possibility of riding very good reviews to something closer to $100.
And so it goes. When you open a movie on 4,080 screens, especially one without an established brand name, it had better come close to $100 million, because that per screen average is what the theater chains are watching. Marvel mania continues.
To that end, “Guardians” had a huge Thursday night and a very big Friday — well over $35 million — and seems set for a $90-94 million opening weekend. Interest is high, word of mouth is great, says Deadline.com.
Disney can breath a Burbank-sized sigh of relief.
“Get On Up” is interesting counter-programming to the fanboy sci-fi comic book picture. The James Brown musical bio-pic, which has an Oscar worthy lead performance by Chadwick Boseman, is doing precisely what its early tracking predicted — $15-16 million. C’mon people, get on up to see it. It’s the best movie opening wide this weekend.
“A Most Wanted Man” looks to stick around the top ten one more weekend. “Boyhood” still hasn’t opened in enough theaters to turn that high per screen average into a place in that top ten, but it hit over over 300 screens this weekend. So it’ll be close, when the smoke clears.
“Wish I Was Here” and “Magic in the Moonlight” have both widened in release, not that anybody really cares.