It’s time to pound my chest over the dead-on predictions from last week’s “Box Office Psychic.” I hit the top four on the money and the fact is, it was the worst box office weekend all year. Boy, was it terrible. The top four films combined to gross just over $24 million dollars. This trend will not last at the box office. Theaters will come back to life with the help of some resident evil and a re-release.
One of my favorite games on the original Playstation was Resident Evil. It was the first video game I ever played that actually gave me the creeps late at night when I was battling monsters in the Umbrella Corporation labs. This is coming from the guy who would move the Ouija board on purpose, then say it was moving itself to scare some poor girl in the room who believed it was real. Unfortunately, I have found none of the Resident Evil movie adaptations to be as entertaining as the game. But this is only one man’s opinion. The Resident Evil franchise has moved along fine without my support, and is on film number five, Resident Evil: Retribution which opens Friday.
Milla Jovovich is back as Alice fighting reanimated corpses and the always troublesome Umbrella Corporation. Alice joins the resistance against the group who let the T-virus out and will probably have some slow motion kicks and shoot some zombies in the head. That pretty much has been the plot of the last three films in the franchise. Each Resident Evil film has grossed more than the last, but I expect this pattern to stop with this film. I think even fans of the Resident Evil movies may be growing old of the same old story and pass on the fifth installment. I predict Resident Evil: Retribution to gross $22 million dollars at the box office this weekend. That would be the lowest opening for a Resident Evil film since the original’s $17 million take.
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost ten years since the release of Finding Nemo. It’s also hard to believe that a studio would to decide to re-release a film this soon. When I was younger, Disney re-released their films, but they were classics such as 101 Dalmatians or The Sword and the Stone. Those films for example had been released 20 years earlier, not 10. Now we live in a world of inflated 3D prices. Films are making more money with 3D prints, so why not dust off some classics and give them the 3D treatment.
Whether you agree with the 3D trend or not, Pixar’s Finding Nemo is the perfect film for the 3D treatment. The film’s underwater atmosphere with beautiful coral colors and exotic creatures will pop off the screen and make you feel like you’re riding on Crush’s (voiced by director Andrew Stanton) turtle shell. When Finding Nemo was released in 2003 it cemented Pixar’s legacy of animated films not just for kids. I was in my twenties when I saw Finding Nemo and I loved the film. I didn’t care that it was animated. A good story is tough to come by in theaters sometimes, but Finding Nemo hooked movie goers of all ages.
People of my generation will load their SUV’s and minivans with their kids to see Marlin and Dory search the Pacific Ocean for little Nemo this weekend. I predict Finding Nemo 3D will net $33 million at the box office this weekend.
1. Finding Nemo 3D – $33 Million
2. Resident Evil: Retribution – $22 Million
3. The Possession – $4 Million
There are two ways you can look at things. The glass is half full or the glass is half empty. My predictions for Resident Evil: Retribution were dead on. The film grossed 21 million dollars at the box office this weekend. I also said it would be the lowest debut in the Resident Evil franchise since the original which were right. The only problem is that I didn’t pick it to win the box office. I had Finding Nemo 3D swimming to the top of the box office. That is what I get for picking with my heart. Movie patrons decided that nine years wasn’t long enough to rush out and see the Pixar classic even with the 3D upgrade. Finding Nemo 3D came in second with 17.5 millon dollars.
1. Resident Evil: Retribution– $22 Million
2. Finding Nemo 3D – $17.5 Million
3. The Possession – $5.8 Million