Box Office Predictions - 'Rings' and 'The Space Between Us'
Two new wide releases are hitting theaters this weekend and I don't really expect either of them to perform very strongly. First up is the third film in the Ring series, simply titled: Rings. Next, we have the space-themed romance The Space Between Us hoping to cash in on Valentines day.
Prediction: $8 million
I think this franchise is almost completely out of gas. The Ring was a well-shot and well-directed scare-fest, but the second film completely dropped the ball. Now, 12 years later we have the third film, which has been bumped up to different dates many times. Never a good sign. The trailer looks pretty horrible and I think audiences are being well-served by Split already to take much notice.
My prediction for Rings is $8 million, which won't be enough to justify that $25 million price tag. Also, since this is a horror film and I predict that it will get dismal critical and audience reactions, it will drop like a stone in the following weeks. if Rings makes $8 million in its opening weekend, I don't think it will get much further past the $18 million mark domestically.
The Space Between Us (STX)
Prediction: $7 million
Having barely heard of this film I finally took it upon myself to watch a trailer, and it doesn't look great, but there's a certain type of audience I think this directly appeals to. The Space Between Us may not be on anybody's radar, but I think it's going to be a popular choice for walk-in teen couples that are looking for a safe movie. That won't be enough to give this film a good opening, but at least it's something. My prediction for The Space Between Us is $7 million for the weekend and $25 million overall.
Be sure to check back in on Monday when I take a look at the box office results and see how close I came.