Weekend Predictions: 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax,' 'John Carter,' 'Silent House' and 'A Thousand Words'

Featured Stories - on March 07, 2012 by Phil Contrino

3912predictions.pngDr. Seuss' The Lorax will have no problem fending off three newcomers in order to stay #1 at the box office this coming weekend.

The Lorax exceeded most predictions by more than $20 million during its debut frame, so Universal has to be thrilled already. Even with a substantial drop during its sophomore frame The Lorax will have more than enough strength to hold on to first place.

As of 4 p.m. PT, Fandango reports that The Lorax is responsible for 17% of daily sales. That's solid considering that The Hunger Games leads with 46%.

Look for The Lorax to bring in $44 million during its second weekend in theaters.

John Carter is shaping up to be one of the biggest financial disasters of all time. Carter's bloated $250 million budget will make it very difficult for Disney to make a profit. That kind of budget is usually reserved for well-known directors working with A-list actors. Carter boasts neither.

Fandango reports that John Carter accounts for a paltry 4% of daily sales.

John Carter looks poised for a $25 million debut from more than 3,500 locations.

Coming off the success of The Grey, Open Road is back again to challenge the major studios with Silent House, a thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen. Olsen has earned plenty of indie cred thanks to her stirring performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, but she's far from a reliable draw. Silent House should serve as a stepping stone to bigger things, and it could even turn into a minor sleeper hit.

Fandango reports that Silent House has yet to crack the top five sellers list.

Expect Silent House to grab $11 million from around 2,100 locations.

A Thousand Words
may end up being one of the biggest duds of Eddie Murphy's careerand that's saying something. A weak marketing blitz indicates that Paramount has little faith in the comedy. It also doesn't help that Murphy's departure as host of Oscars led to a rush of bad publicity. This one will be out of theaters quickly.

Look for A Thousand Words to take in only $4 million from around 1,500 locations.

Check out our predictions in the table below.


Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Gross
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Mar 2, 2012 Universal
$44,000,000 $127,300,000
John Carter Mar 9, 2012 Disney
$25,000,000 $25,000,000
Project X (2012) Mar 2, 2012 Warner Bros.
$11,300,000 $40,000,000
Silent House (2012) Mar 9, 2012 Open Road
$11,000,000 $11,000,000
Act of Valor Feb 24, 2012 Relativity Media
$7,300,000 $56,500,000
Safe House Feb 10, 2012 Universal
$4,800,000 $115,600,000
A Thousand Words Mar 9, 2012 Paramount
$4,000,000 $4,000,000
The Vow Feb 10, 2012 Sony / Screen Gems
$3,800,000 $117,400,000
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Feb 10, 2012 Warner Bros. / New Line
$3,700,000 $90,800,000
This Means War Feb 17, 2012 Fox
$3,500,000 $46,600,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.


Tags: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, John Carter, Silent House, A Thousand Words


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