Long Range Forecast: 'Into the Woods'

Featured Stories - on October 31, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

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Disney will try to follow up on the massive success of 2013's Frozen with Into the Woods, another fairy-tale musical. Will lightning strike twice for the Mouse House or will Into the Woods struggle with unfair comparisons to Frozen during a crowded holiday season? This week BoxOffice takes a closer look at the financial prospects for Into the Woods.

Into the Woods
(Disney)

PROS:

- The ensemble cast--Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick...just to name a few--is easily one of 2014's strongest.
- Moviegoers flock to Disney films during the holidays almost as a reflex
- Even though the play originated in the late '80s, a revival in 2002 kept it fresh and it should still have plenty of fans.

CONS:

- Certain parts of the story may be too intense for families with younger children
- Supporting player Johnny Depp has hit a rough patch as of late, so his drawing power is in question
- It will face tough competition in the form of Annie and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Check out predictions for this film and others in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Unbroken Dec 25, 2014 Universal
$17,000,000* $88,000,000
The Interview (2014) Dec 25, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$20,000,000* $9,000,000
Into the Woods Dec 25, 2014 Disney
$40,000,000* $165,000,000
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 19, 2014 Fox
$25,000,000 $110,000,000
Annie (2014) Dec 19, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$19,000,000 $100,000,000
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dec 17, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$68,000,000 $297,000,000
Top Five Dec 12, 2014 Paramount
$10,500,000 $29,000,000
Exodus: Gods and Kings Dec 12, 2014 Fox
$32,000,000 $111,000,000
The Pyramid Dec 5, 2014 Fox
$7,000,000 $16,000,000
Penguins of Madagascar Nov 26, 2014 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
$37,000,000* $139,000,000
Horrible Bosses 2 Nov 26, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$28,000,000* $95,000,000
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Nov 21, 2014 Lionsgate
$155,000,000 $393,000,000
Dumb and Dumber To Nov 14, 2014 Universal
$39,000,000 $98,000,000
Beyond the Lights Nov 14, 2014 Relativity Media
$9,000,000 $20,000,000
Big Hero 6 Nov 7, 2014 Disney
$53,000,000 $208,000,000
Interstellar Nov 5, 2014 Paramount
$72,000,000 $320,000,000

*3-day weekend

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report. 
 

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