Long Range Forecast: 'Project Almanac'

Featured Stories - on December 07, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

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Paramount will try to get millennials into theatres this January with Project Almanac, a time-travel flick from producer Michael Bay. Will the sci-fi flick catch on? This week BoxOffice takes a closer look at its commercial prospects.

Project Almanac
(Paramount) 

PROS:

- Producer Michael Bay is on fire following the recent success of Transformers: Age of Extinction and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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The film feels very similar to 2012's Chronicle, a breakout hit that also featured teens with super powers.
- Opening in January means it could serve as a prime bit of counter-programming to Oscar bait movies.

CONS:

- Teens aren't a reliable source of attendance these days. They can turn on a film very quickly.
- Will adults over 30 be interested? We doubt it.

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

 

Title Release Date (Wide) Distributor First Weekend of Wide Release Cumulative
Black or White Jan 30, 2015 Relativity Media
$7,500,000 $22,000,000
Project Almanac Jan 30, 2015 Paramount
$16,000,000 $41,000,000
Mortdecai Jan 23, 2015 Lionsgate
$10,000,000 $26,000,000
The Boy Next Door Jan 23, 2015 Universal
$8,000,000 $21,000,000
Strange Magic Jan 23, 2015 Disney
$9,000,000 $24,000,000
American Sniper Jan 16, 2014 Warner Bros.
$30,000,000** $85,000,000
The Wedding Ringer Jan 16, 2015 Sony / Screen Gems
$32,000,000** $81,000,000
Paddington Jan 16, 2015 Weinstein / Dimension
$22,000,000** $67,000,000
Blackhat Jan 16, 2015 Universal
$12,000,000** $33,000,000
Taken 3 Jan 9, 2015 Fox
$33,000,000 $91,000,000
The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death Jan 2, 2015 Relativity Media
$10,500,000 $23,000,000
Into the Woods Dec 25, 2014 Disney
$40,000,000* $165,000,000
Unbroken Dec 25, 2014 Universal
$19,000,000* $95,000,000
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 19, 2014 Fox
$32,000,000 $135,000,000
Annie (2014) Dec 19, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$17,000,000 $90,000,000
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dec 17, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$70,000,000* $305,000,000
Top Five Dec 12, 2014 Paramount
$10,000,000 $29,000,000
Exodus: Gods and Kings Dec 12, 2014 Fox
$29,000,000 $98,000,000

 

*3-day weekend
*4-day weekend

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

Tags: predictions, Project Almanac

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