“Contagion” finally knocked off the ladies of “The Help” last weekend. After being the top movie for three weeks in a row the all-star germ thriller took the top spot last weekend with $22.4 million. It probably helped their total that they were also playing on select IMAX screens. I saw the movie (I’d give it a B+) and for the life of me can’t figure out why anybody would pay extra money to see it on an IMAX screen.
The rest of the box office last weekend was relatively quiet with “Warrior” grossing a disappointing $5.2million which was good enough for third place. “Warrior” could end up being like the “The Help” where positive reviews and solid word of mouth recommendations could help it hang on longer at the box office. I don’t think it will end up grossing anywhere near as much as Help but if it receives some Academy Award Nominations we could see it end up grossing around the $30-$35million range.
I think “Contagion” will end up holding onto the top spot this weekend. There’s three new movies that open up but the only one that could possibly beat it is “Drive”. Unfortunately I think that movie could end up similar to where “Warrior” opened up with last weekend. Despite positive reviews and good word of mouth I think it will have a hard time playing to mass audiences.
Here’s what I think the top five will look like this weekend.
Weekend Prediction – $5million
Gross to Date – (Week 1)
#4 – The Help