Box Office Guru Preview: Jonas Brothers Ready to Rock Multiplexes

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li also opening wide.

by | February 26, 2009 | Comments

Those $15 tickets that studio accountants love are back! This time they pair up with Disney’s Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience which will easily dominate the North American box office. The only question is how big is big? This G-rated extravaganza chronicling the group’s 2008 ‘Burning Up’ tour has been a major event film for teens and tweens for weeks now as hundreds of showtimes have already sold out thanks to aggressive online ticketing.

Of course, the film this can be compared to is last February’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus 3D concert film which bowed to $31.1M from only 683 locations for an astounding $45,561 average. With more 3D screens now installed into multiplexes nationwide, Jonas will benefit from a wider footprint which could deliver a larger gross but a smaller average. Ticket prices remain the same. And with a lean 76-minute running-time, exhibitors can easily offer up a show every two hours with many screens packing in eight showtimes per day. Disney’s grossing potential is massive this weekend.

With intense fan anticipation, a marketing push that has turned the volume up to 11, and high ticket prices, the Jonas Brothers pic is a major event film ready to rock the box office with one of the largest openings ever for the month of February. Crashing into 1,271 theaters, a weekend tally of around $40M could result.

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert

The forces of good and evil collide in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li which brings audiences a new story inspired by the popular videogame. Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die, Doom), the PG-13 film will be aimed primarily at young males not interested in pretty boys rocking on stage. Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk stars as the title character and is joined by Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, and Neal McDonough. Fox is not giving Chun-Li a huge release opting instead for a more conservative opening in about 1,000 locations and a more modest marketing push. Direct competition is not too fierce, but the scaled back release will limit potential. A debut of about $5M could result.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Tyler Perry beat his old opening weekend record by 37% with Madea Goes to Jail but is set for a big fall in the second frame. With so much upfront demand being absorbed last weekend, the Lionsgate hit will play like a sequel and tumble. Madea’s Family Reunion dropped a sizable 58% in its second outing in 2006 while facing decent competition from new films. Jail should drop in a similar way and may decline by 55% to around $18.5M pushing the ten-day tally to a still-stunning $67M.

The Focus hit Coraline has been generating solid results for three weeks now dropping by small amounts each week. But young girls will be distracted by three allegedly attractive boys named Jonas so a larger drop may kick in this time. Look for it to forfeit some 3D screens too. A 35% dip would lead to a $7.5M weekend lifting the total to a stellar $63M. Fox’s Taken is ready to join the century club. A 40% drop could result putting the Liam Neeson actioner at $6.5M lifting the cume to $105M.

With eight big Oscar statues, the most for any film since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Slumdog Millionaire now enters yet another phase in its long and lucrative release. Fox Searchlight will increase the theater count once again and will jump from 2,244 to 2,942 runs. The added screens plus the wave of free publicity this week from its Academy Awards sweep will lead to the biggest weekend yet in the film’s nearly four-month run. Having smashed the $100M mark on Tuesday, Slumdog has been the number two movie in North America each weekday and the film will now reach a new audience of those who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the Academy to tell them if it really is worth all the fuss. The Danny Boyle pic could climb to about $12M this weekend and raise its domestic cume to an amazing $115M with more upside still ahead.

LAST YEAR: Will Ferrell suffered one of his lowest openings for a broad comedy in years with the basketball pic Semi-Pro which bowed to just $15.1M which was still enough to top the charts over a sluggish frame. The New Line release finished its season with only $33.5M. Sony’s action hit Vantage Point dropped down a spot to number two with $12.8M in its second effort and was followed by The Spiderwick Chronicles which grabbed $8.7M in its third weekend. Sony didn’t go too wide with The Other Boleyn Girl but saw a solid $8.2M debut and $7,035 average. A $26.8M final resulted. The Fox actioner Jumper rounded out the top five with $7.6M. New distrib on the block Summit opened its drama Penelope to just $3.8M in ninth place on its way to a $10M final.

Author: Gitesh Pandya,

Tag Cloud

Pop Hulu facebook Peacock cops boxoffice Tarantino doctor who Summer IFC vampires BBC unscripted strong female leads Rom-Com First Look Mary Tyler Moore Photos Mary Poppins Returns Reality miniseries Cannes biography children's TV ESPN docudrama true crime Holidays Pride Month composers historical drama BET psycho DGA Superheroes Apple Tumblr binge Spectrum Originals Logo Toys Calendar Shondaland IFC Films 2015 Rocky Trailer History ghosts festivals Fall TV streaming quibi hispanic police drama movies Rock Spike spider-man Box Office green book Red Carpet TCA crime technology joker Film Festival Heroines The CW Comics on TV El Rey Chilling Adventures of Sabrina MSNBC cats TV renewals ITV RT21 YA Masterpiece DC Universe Writers Guild of America disaster Ghostbusters Countdown CBS cinemax spain Comedy Central Television Academy Food Network Opinion 2016 hist spanish language Captain marvel APB Awards Tour Warner Bros. Binge Guide WarnerMedia Oscars spy thriller Women's History Month anthology Fantasy TruTV canceled ABC Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt E! DC streaming service Emmy Nominations game of thrones Amazon Prime Video Film book Arrowverse Polls and Games renewed TV shows Super Bowl cancelled television Ovation TV Land Video Games Paramount Network discovery period drama Kids & Family Freeform Star Wars Sci-Fi New York Comic Con zombies Nickelodeon sitcom DC Comics what to watch A&E WGN foreign Quiz VICE jamie lee curtis X-Men Mystery LGBTQ comiccon Lifetime Election Teen Western Crackle Stephen King Creative Arts Emmys Sundance Now Marathons 007 talk show Schedule tv talk Tomatazos Interview television Martial Arts Paramount CMT SundanceTV 2018 YouTube Premium 24 frames Horror comic Animation Trivia Biopics First Reviews Netflix toy story slashers National Geographic Rocketman psychological thriller Mary poppins YouTube travel supernatural Infographic dragons HBO TV NBC dceu LGBT RT History Showtime Emmys Musical stand-up comedy singing competition Lucasfilm Comic Book nature USA Sundance animated 2017 Pet Sematary game show Thanksgiving American Society of Cinematographers Dark Horse Comics zero dark thirty finale Fox News latino Nat Geo Apple TV+ Spring TV See It Skip It casting 20th Century Fox Amazon 2019 FOX Valentine's Day Grammys sports medical drama zombie Song of Ice and Fire Adult Swim Musicals Ellie Kemper Marvel E3 TIFF political drama San Diego Comic-Con war award winner PBS Podcast OWN DirecTV VH1 romance halloween cancelled dramedy south america kids GIFs cancelled TV series Epix mockumentary adventure Disney Channel Disney crossover space free movies MTV CW Seed Set visit harry potter adaptation HBO Max robots politics SDCC Watching Series elevated horror Britbox Brie Larson series Cartoon Network 45 Mindy Kaling FXX The Arrangement MCU cars TNT mutant Winners Extras serial killer TCA 2017 Pirates Pixar Mudbound GLAAD Family The Witch cancelled TV shows science fiction AMC Syfy dc ratings revenge Reality Competition blaxploitation CNN Vudu TCM FX TBS Disney Plus Country Universal Certified Fresh crime drama Sneak Peek golden globes TLC spinoff GoT The Walking Dead CBS All Access aliens transformers theme song sequel USA Network Bravo anime teaser Christmas canceled TV shows Nominations Chernobyl 21st Century Fox Elton John witnail 71st Emmy Awards President BBC America Superheroe SXSW NYCC natural history Acorn TV Anna Paquin Columbia Pictures Best and Worst Disney streaming service justice league batman Year in Review based on movie Amazon Prime Black Mirror thriller Lionsgate Walt Disney Pictures richard e. Grant Esquire social media Sony Pictures Shudder Trophy Talk cults Awards Winter TV ABC Family cooking Music Cosplay video Action diversity Starz PaleyFest Premiere Dates Drama crime thriller Star Trek Character Guide YouTube Red Comedy