‘I, Frankenstein’ expected soothing as ‘Ride Along’ coasts to win

January 24, 2014 - box office

The 3D horror-action hybrid, starring Aaron Eckhart as Victor Frankenstein’s beast 200 years after a creation, could beget $12 million to $14 million in sheet sales by Sunday in a U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre-release assembly surveys, yet softer projections put it during $10 million.

Lionsgate is distributing a reimagining of Mary Shelley’s 19th-century novel, and a film was done by Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features for about $65 million.  

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Adapted from Kevin Grevioux’s striking novel by writer-director Stuart Beattie, “I, Frankenstein” takes place in an swap present-day star where demons and gargoyles conflict for domination, with Dr. Frankenstein’s imperishable origination held in a struggle. 

Lakeshore is a prolongation association behind a abnormal “Underworld” series, that latest of that (2012’s “Underworld: Awakening”) grossed $160 million worldwide.  

“Ride Along,” a Universal Pictures buddy-comedy about a confidence gaurd (Hart) perplexing to stir his girlfriend’s patrolman hermit (Cube), will expected reason a tip mark during a box bureau after nearing Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend with a biggest Jan opening ever, not accounting for inflation.

If sheet sales tumble about 50% from final weekend’s three-day take, it would move in roughly $20 million, yet it could do a bit improved than that, given a mostly certain response from moviegoers and a miss of genre competition. 

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The Mark Walhberg troops tale “Lone Survivor,” also from Universal, could dump 40% from final weekend for a sum of $13 million, adding to a scarcely $80 million it has grossed to date.

Open Road Films’ charcterised 3D comedy “The Nut Job” could plea “Lone Survivor” for a No. 2 spot, expected holding on clever from final week with small else to pull families movement to cinemas. Disney’s rarely successful charcterised low-pitched “Frozen” has been in recover given late Nov though still grabbed fifth place final weekend.  

Other holdovers looking for additional income over a still weekend embody Paramount Pictures’ Tom Clancy authorization reboot “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” a Oscar-nominated “American Hustle” and a Weinstein Co.’s “August: Osage County.” Re-released awards contenders such as “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” should continue to float a Oscar wave.  

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