ANNOUNCEMENT: Sign-In with Facebook is currently unavailable. Please use your HSX username to login. Sorry about the inconvenience.

SPIN FACTOR® - The HSX Blog



Whisper Numbers: Wreck-It Ralph gets its game on.



Hollywood starts the holiday movie season with three new wide releases even with the eastern seaboard reeling from the devastation of hurricane Sandy. The weekend box office will definitely suffer a negative effect, though how much remains to be seen. Disney leads off with the CG animated Wreck-It Ralph [RALPH] featuring John C. Reilly [JCREI] as a video game villain who wants to be the hero for a change. Although the film doesn’t carry the Pixar brand, Wreck-It Ralph has been called the Toy Story of video games for incorporating many well-known video game characters. The PG-rated film has been generating fantastic buzz from gamers young and old. Wreck-It Ralph should attract a broad audience from parents who grew up with Atari in the ‘80s to older teenagers playing the latest 'Call of Duty' to children of all ages. Starting in 3752 theaters, Wreck-It Ralph could score $45 million in its debut.

Denzel Washington [DWASH] teams up with director Robert Zemeckis [RZEME] for the R-rated drama Flight [FLIGH]. After a string of action thrillers, Washington takes a serious turn playing an alcoholic pilot who is heralded as a hero for landing a distressed plane. Meanwhile, Zemeckis returns to live action for the first time since 2000’s Cast Away. While Paramount plays up the special effects in its marketing, the film is actually about a man dealing with his alcoholism.  Flight will need good reviews to bring out its older adult target audience. Washington has consistently opened his movies in the mid-$20 million range. However, with a theater count of just 1900, Flight is unlikely to reach that height and remained more grounded at $18 million.

RZA [RZA] indulges his martial arts fantasy as The Man With Iron Fists [TMWIF], a martial arts fantasy the former rapper also wrote and directed. Russell Crowe [RCROW] and Lucy Liu [LLIU] co-star in support roles, but they don’t pack much box office draw.  The R-rated film looks to attract primarily to an older male audience. Universal has not been screening the film in advance, never a good sign for their confidence in the film’s quality. Breaking into 1868 theaters, The Man With Iron Fists may punch out $8.5 million.

The ambitious sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas [CLATL] failed to connect with moviegoers. The sophmore holdover could tumble more than 50% to around $4 million.

!--[if gte mso 9] Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 ![endif]--

!--[if gte mso 9] ![endif]--!--[if gte mso 10] ![endif]--

That’s the whisper from the virtual trading floor.



Tag(s): RALPH, JCREI, DWASH, RZEME, FLIGH, RZA, TMWIF, RCROW, LLIU, CLATL

View more Blog posts »



By Box Office Whisperer on Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 03:59 PM        3502 views


Recent Comments

    No recent comments.


Cantor Exchange

@HSXMOVIES on Twitter





    Follow HSX on Twitter!

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (SINC2) 50000 46.81 (+1.03)         As Above, So Below (AASB) 99990 30.82 (+0.11)         The Nice Guys (NICEG) 4000 34.02 (+4.33)         As Above, So Below (AASB) 100000 30.82 (+0.11)         As Above, So Below H$15 Call Fri (AASB.CA) 20000 1.92 (-0.08)         The Ring 3D (RING3) 100000 2.27 (+0.48)         Rock the Kasbah (KASBA) 99990 15.21 (-0.13)         Rock the Kasbah (KASBA) 100000 15.21 (-0.13)         The Transporter Legacy (TRNS4) 100000 12.87 (-2.13)         The Transporter Legacy (TRNS4) 100000 12.87 (-2.13)         Avatar 3 (AVAT3) 15 229.42 (-0.32)         Pacific Rim 2 (PACR2) 100 81.16 (-0.40)         Cars 3 (CARS3) 50 116.90 (-1.01)         Third Person (3RDPN) 10000 0.88 (-0.01)         The Childhood of a Leader (CHLDR) 90000 5.92 (+1.85)         20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (20LUS) 25000 8.21 (-1.88)         Fifty Shades of Grey (50SHD) 64842 118.24 (+0.28)         The Ring 3D (RING3) 99995 2.27 (+0.48)         The Ring 3D (RING3) 100000 2.27 (+0.48)         The Magnificient Seven (MAGN7) 10000 28.44 (+5.66)         The Ring 3D (RING3) 100000 2.27 (+0.48)         Black Panther (BPNTH) 10000 19.67 (-3.26)         The Transporter Legacy (TRNS4) 100000 12.87 (-2.13)         The Guest (GUEST) 100000 2.17 (+0.59)         Third Person (3RDPN) 9000 0.88 (-0.01)         Mortdecai (MRTDC) 100000 46.98 (+0.13)         Selma (SELMA) 100000 23.40 (+1.33)         The Nice Guys (NICEG) 100000 34.02 (+4.33)         The Childhood of a Leader (CHLDR) 100000 5.92 (+1.85)         The Magnificient Seven (MAGN7) 100000 28.44 (+5.66)         The Childhood of a Leader (CHLDR) 100000 5.92 (+1.85)         Black Panther (BPNTH) 63026 19.67 (-3.26)         Doctor Strange (DRSTR) 62195 91.61 (+0.15)         The Magnificient Seven (MAGN7) 25 28.44 (+5.66)         Black Panther (BPNTH) 100000 19.67 (-3.26)         Skull Island (SKULN) 100000 74.59 (-6.92)         Power Rangers (MMPR) 100000 57.45 (-0.08)         The Transporter Legacy (TRNS4) 1 12.87 (-2.13)         A Good Marriage (AGMRG) 100000 1.97 (+0.88)         Guardians of the Galaxy $240M Bl (GOTGX.BW) 20000 13.48 (+0.20)         Untitled Prometheus Sequel (PRME2) 99999 38.13 (-0.19)         The Transporter Legacy (TRNS4) 100000 12.87 (-2.13)         The Transporter Legacy (TRNS4) 100000 12.87 (-2.13)         Me Before You (MBFYU) 100000 27.69 (+0.54)         Skull Island (SKULN) 100000 74.59 (-6.92)         Skull Island (SKULN) 100000 74.59 (-6.92)         Zach Braff (ZBRAF) 179 64.91 (-0.87)         The Magnificient Seven (MAGN7) 100000 28.44 (+5.66)         Black Panther (BPNTH) 99999 19.67 (-3.26)         Rock the Kasbah (KASBA) 100000 15.21 (-0.13)