Box Office Predictions: 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' and 'Collateral Beauty'
It's going to be a big weekend. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story looks to take on the mighty Collateral Beauty in what is shaping up to be a box office battle for the ages. I kid, obviously. I honestly don't even know what Collateral Beauty thinks it's trying to accomplish going up against the might of the Star Wars brand. Rogue One will no doubt take the cake this weekend, but how much will it make?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney)
Prediction: $175 million
Star Wars: The Force Awakens made an absolutely massive amount of money and was received very well by moviegoers. The iron is hot, and Rogue One is looking to strike. There are people out there predicting that this will make around $130 million in its first weekend. I call B.S. on that. Just because Rogue One isn't a numbered sequel in the mainline series does not mean that this isn't going to do huge numbers. In fact, I think this is what people have been clamoring for for so long; a good prequel and a film that actually shows these "star wars" that every movie keeps mentioning but not really showing.
In addition, the film is getting respectable reviews. Rogue One currently sits at a stable mid-eighties score on Rottentomatoes and really doesn't seem to be wavering. Another thing to glean from the reviews is that most of the ones that are positive are very positive. Sure, there might not be as much excitement surrounding this release compared to episode VII, but still, who's not going to rush out and go see this? Just because there's slightly less excitement doesn't mean significantly smaller numbers. I'm thinking Rogue One will pull in a gargantuan $175 million. Sound crazy? I don't think so, that's what Iron Man 3 did.
Collateral Beauty (Warner Bros.)
Prediction: $10 million
I think the only reason this film stands a chance at making any money this weekend is based off of Will Smith's star-power alone...and the fact that there might be one or two people that don't want to see a new Star Wars film. But that's it. The drama is getting ravaged by critics as it sits currently at a 24% on Rottentomatoes, which doesn't surprise me because the trailers for this made it look pretty darn laughable. Will Smith is still a big name though and I think that guarantees this one at least $10 million, but we'll see.
And so concludes this weekend of box office predictions. Be sure to come back on Monday when I go over the results!