SPIN FACTOR®

The HSX Blog



Whisper Numbers: Star Wars to dominate weekend

As Disney announced its takeover of Fox today, its franchise MVP Star Wars: The Last Jedi [STAR8] is poised to devour the box office this weekend. Episode 8 in the Skywalker saga features the original Star Wars hero Luke, played by Mark Hamill, who appeared briefly at the very end of Episode 7: The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley [DRIDL] and Adam Driver [ADRIV] reprise their roles as Rey and Kylo Ren from that film as practitioners of the Force. The late Carrie Fisher makes her last appearance as Leia leads the Resistance against the First Order. Rian Johnson [RJOHN] took over as director and made the longest Star Wars film at over two and a half hours. Reviews indicate he has crafted an excellent follow-up that will please the enormous fanbase. Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records with its $248 million opening 2 years ago. The demand for Episode 7 had been pent up for 32 years since Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi, and for at least 10 years since the last Star Wars movie, Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith. The Last Jedi comes just two years after The Force Awakens and just one year after the spinoff prequel Rogue One, which opened with $155 million. With the Disney hype machine in overdrive, the buzz and word of mouth will only build through the weekend. Blasting into 4232 theaters, Star Wars: The Last Jedi could consume $226 million.

Ferdinand [FERDN] hopes to get a start on the holiday season even if it means opening opposite the biggest movie of the year. John Cena [JCENA] voices the animated bull who does not want to fight in the ring. Unfortunately, most parents would still take their children to see the PG-13 rated Star Wars rather than Fox’s PG-rated family film. Billed in 3621 theaters, Ferdinand could steer $23 million.

With two new competitors in its fourth weekend, Coco [DDLM] looks to decline to about $10 million.

With excellent buzz, The Disaster Artist [DSART] should be able to hold 60% for $4 million in its second weekend of wide release.

That’s the whisper on the virtual trading floor.



Tag(s): STAR8, DRIDL, ADRIV, RJOHN, FERDN, JCENA, DDLM, DSART

View more Blog posts »



By Box Office Whisperer on Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 03:54 PM 1302 views

Recent Comments

    No recent comments.


twitter

@HSXMOVIES on Twitter





Follow HSX on Twitter!


#Clifford the Big Red Dog will now open on November 10th in theaters and on Paramount+ https://t.co/hlb5WI4jlD       Super Mario Bros. gets a cast and December 21, 2022 release date https://t.co/LIN6BhYtmF       Hank Azaria joins Out of the Blue        Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new film is officially titled #Bardo https://t.co/P3Mhd9vAMA       Whisper Numbers: #DearEvanHansen likely no match for #ShangChi at the #boxoffice. #HSX weekend forecast.…       Red Rocket lands December 3rd release date https://t.co/O3mT08kC1x       C’mon, C’mon gets November 19th release date https://t.co/SLhJH0Rp4r       TS Madison, Miss Lawrence, Symone, Guillermo Diaz, and Guy Branum join Bros        New trailer for #Spencer starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana https://t.co/XV9C3Ko53A       First trailer for The Electric Life of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch #LouisWain https://t.co/mL9ziTnwen      
Summering (SUMRN) 150000 6.66 (+1.17)         The Matrix Resurrections (MTRX4) 150000 120.84 (-0.55)         Seth Rogen (SROGE) 5000 97.33 (+0.55)         Dear Evan Hansen (DEHAN) 400 24.28 (-0.03)         John Cleese (JCLEE) 25000 68.00 (-0.16)         Dead for a Dollar (DFAD) 150000 1.63 (-0.37)         NBC: La Brea (LABREA) 1000 14.24 (+0.07)         Fear (FEAR) 150000 3.66 (-0.34)         Free Guy $100M Blockbuster Warra (FREEG.BW) 1000 8.41 (-0.03)         No Time To Die (JB25) 10 151.82 (+0.63)         The Many Saints of Newark (TMSON) 1 28.39 (-0.01)         Cry Macho (CRYMC) 700 13.95 (-0.05)         Super Mario Bros. (MARIO) 1386 66.04 (+1.35)         Out of the Blue (OTBLU) 150000 2.49 (+0.09)         Paint (PAINT) 500 2.40 (+0.02)         Blueback (BLUBC) 5000 2.48 (-0.03)         Dead for a Dollar (DFAD) 149996 1.63 (-0.37)         Fear (FEAR) 149996 3.66 (-0.34)         Cha Cha Real Smooth (CCRS) 149996 4.67 (-0.23)         A Good Person (AGPRS) 149996 9.55 (+0.14)         The Last Days of Night (TLDON) 10000 0.02 (-0.01)         No Time to Die - Opening Weekend (JB25.OW) 100000 62.04 (+0.25)         Armageddon Time (ARMGT) 149996 13.49 (+0.20)         No Time to Die H$60 Call (JB25.CA) 25000 2.74 (+0.05)         The Brutalist (BRUTL) 149996 3.10 (+0.22)         Summering (SUMRN) 149996 6.66 (+1.17)         Summering (SUMRN) 149998 6.66 (+1.17)         Prisoner's Daughter (PRSND) 149998 6.57 (+0.06)         Don't Worry Darling (DWDRL) 149998 23.25 (+0.07)         Daddio (DADIO) 149998 2.38 (+0.02)         Bros (BROS) 149998 20.57 (-0.05)         Blacklight (BLKLT) 149996 9.72 (-0.90)         Blacklight (BLKLT) 149998 9.72 (-0.90)         April 29, 1992 (42992) 149996 9.57 (+0.47)         April 29, 1992 (42992) 149998 9.57 (+0.47)         Star Trek 4 (TREK4) 186 53.05 (0.00)         CBS: NCIS: Hawaii (NCISHI) 100 15.84 (-0.07)         Super Mario Bros. (MARIO) 150000 66.04 (+1.35)         Blacklight (BLKLT) 105680 9.72 (-0.90)         Super Mario Bros. (MARIO) 150000 66.04 (+1.35)         Super Mario Bros. (MARIO) 100000 66.04 (+1.35)         Prisoner's Daughter (PRSND) 150000 6.57 (+0.06)         Clerks III (CLRK3) 500 9.67 (0.00)         Super Mario Bros. (MARIO) 35000 66.04 (+1.35)         April 29, 1992 (42992) 150000 9.57 (+0.47)         April 29, 1992 (42992) 150000 9.57 (+0.47)         Clifford the Big Red Dog (CTBRD) 60000 33.86 (+0.06)         Fear (FEAR) 1250 3.66 (-0.34)         Dead for a Dollar (DFAD) 4000 1.63 (-0.37)         Armageddon Time (ARMGT) 150000 13.49 (+0.20)