Box Office Predictions - 'Inferno'
This week sees only one wide release hitting theaters, and that's Ron Howard's 'Inferno' starring none other than Tom Hanks. How will this trilogy-capper perform at the box office this weekend?
Prediction: $25 million
Inferno is the third film in the series of adaptations from the popular series of novels by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as the professor of symbology, Robert Langdon. The first film, The DaVinci Code was a pretty huge success, but wasn't received that well by critics. Back in 2006 the movie made $217 million domestically and $758 million worldwide off of a budget of $125 million. After the film disappointed from a critical standpoint, the sequel, Angels & Demons saw a pretty sizable decrease in traffic, grossing $133 million domestically and $486 million worldwide. This was still a good total, but the film cost more and still wasn't received very well.
The latest, Inferno, is also not receiving great reviews and audiences have likely come to expect that these films just aren't that great, that being said, this film cost a whole lot less to produce ($75 million), so it at least has that going for it. There seems to be a lot less hype for this one and it's quite noticeable by the trailers that this movioe is lower-budget; it has a very made-for-tv look to it and I suspect most audiences will catch on to that. Inferno still has the star power of Tom Hanks though, and he has a very reliable fan-base which will always guarantee a certain amount of people show up regardless of the quality of the picture. My prediction is that this film sees another pretty huge drop from its predecessor, but still does decent business considering the lowered budget. I predict Inferno makes around $25 million for the weekend.
That's the only release this week as films clear out of the way for Doctor Strange to make his big debut next week. Check back in on Monday to see how Inferno did and if I got anywhere close on my prediction!