Part of looking at movies does involve the business side of show business. We try to have a little fun with it, as each week Tim makes his predictions as to how movies will perform at the Box Office. Then, on Sundays, we look at how Tim’s predictions fared.
I’ll be honest: when Tim gave me his predictions for the week, I thought he was a little off kilter, like usual. I mean, we just had records broken with The Hunger Games
and here Tim wants to think The Avengers
will be even bigger? Imagine my surprise, then, when our own Doc Rotten forwarded me a news story where Deadline: Hollywood
was predicting Avengers
would make $175 based on half the weekend’s tally. I was amazed. Tim was once again psychic. Unfortunately, both Deadline and Tim missed it, but what a way to miss it…
|Box Office Results: May 4 - 6
*Estimates based on information provided by Box Office Mojo
|Tim's Predictions (5/10 right)||Box Office Estimates*
|1. ||The Avengers||$175 million||The Avengers||$200 million
|2. ||Think Like a Man||$12 million||Think Like a Man||$8 million
|3. ||The Hunger Games||$9 million||The Hunger Games||$5.7 million
|4. ||The Pirates: Band of Misfits||$8 million||The Lucky One||$5.5 million
|5.||The Lucky One||$8 million||The Pirates: Band of Misfits||$5.4 million
The Avengers beat out Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, and The Hunger Games for the biggest opening of all time. The previous record holder was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, with $169 million, which means not only did The Avengers kick Harry Potter’s butt, but they shattered it.
I expect some of The Avengers
success can be attributed to its 3D showings. While that’s not how I took in the movie, many people have shown interest in our 3D review
(as opposed to our regular one
), which is unusual for our site. If more people are interested in the 3D review, I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that more people saw the film in 3D – or are interested in seeing it again that way.
What that means is something dangerous for the upcoming weekend contenter, Dark Shadows. The past month has been made up of one movie dominating over several weekends. The Hunger Games stayed on top for three while Think Like a Man was in the number one spot for two weeks. I expect to see at least the same from The Avengers. I know a lot more people who are more interested in seeing Captain America and Iron Man a second time than seeing Tim Burton’s adaptation of a ’60s cult classic. That’s just my expectation, however, and I’m certainly not the oracle around here. Check back mid-week to see what Tim thinks as Tim Takes on the Box Office!