Box Office Predictions: 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Storks'
This week we have two wide releases hitting theaters, and both of them have potential to break out in a big way. First up, we have Sony's Antoine Fuqua-directed western remake, The Magnificent Seven, then we have WB's animated family film, Storks.
The Magnificent Seven (Sony)
Prediction: $40 million
I think this film, barring a surprise surge from Storks, could take number one this weekend. The cast is stacked with popular actors and it looks like an incredibly fun western romp. I know westerns haven't been known to do that well these days, but with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt headlining the film, it should be just fine.
From reviews I've been reading, the film's not perfect but it appears to be an effective crowd-pleaser. If The Magnificent Seven is fun and audiences dig it, expect word-of-mouth to assist this film's prospects. I'm predicting on the conservative side for this one, though I will be more than happy if the film ends up doing bigger business. My prediction for The Magnificent Seven is $40 million.
Prediction: $34 million
Storks looks to capitalize on family audiences that haven't had a decent film to chew on in some time. If this film had released in the crowded summer, I don't think it would have done too well, but here, where there's no direct competition in sight, barring Lionsgate's The Wild Life dud, it'll do just fine. Storks looks like it will be very accessible to family audiences and I expect it to fall in line with fellow bird-centered animated film, Angry Birds.
The film is getting mixed reviews thus far as it sits at a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, but I don't feel like that will phase this film all that much. For Storks I'm predicting a healthy $34 million for the $70 million budgeted picture, but don't be surprised if it manages doing even more than that.
That wraps up this weekend's box office predictions, be sure to check back on Monday when we see how these two potential blockbusters fare.