Box Office Results August 1-7, 2011 (Apes Dominate) {updated}

Not only is the Rise of the Planet of the Apes being praised by critics, it was also flocked by moviegoers in its opening weekend. It’s 3-day grosses may not be as high as Tim Burton’s version 10 years ago, but it’s still high considering that this prequel didn’t have any top-notch stars! Although, James Franco, Frieda Pinto and Tom Felton may have contributed to the film’s success.

Number One Movie Predicted Correctly: 2 Weeks in a Row

Number of Times I Nailed the Top 7: 5

1.) RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – It’s been a month since I’ve posted a movie review on my blog. I wanted to watch this one over the weekend but time is against me right now. It seems I’ve already adjusted to academic life and the only way I can write reviews is when I catch a movie in theaters. Hopefully I’ll be back in business come October.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $47.5M

Actual Gross: $54.8M

Total Gross: $54.8M

2.) The Smurfs – See, I told’ya this would perform well in its second week! This will be the 20th movie to reach $100M this year, which is awesome since last year it took 11 months to do that.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $20.4M

Actual Gross: $20.7M

Total Gross: $75.9M

3.) Cowboys & Aliens – Last week’s number one film crashed to third place and it’s 57% drop does not bode well for Universal. It already trails The Smurfs by $9M and it will need to do better over the next few weeks if it aims to reach $100M.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $17.5M

Actual Gross: $15.7M

Total Gross: $67.4M

4.) THE CHANGE-UP – Yowch! I thought my prediction was as low as this film could go. It didn’t even crack $15M! People must’ve been really tired of comedies for this one to flop.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $18.5M

Actual Gross: $13.5M

Total Gross: $13.5M

5.) Captain America: The First Avenger – This could even jump to fourth place if final numbers show that The Change-Up actually earned less on Sunday. It only dropped 49% this week, but it’s still a few millions dollars behind Thor.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $12.7M

Actual Gross: $13.0M

Total Gross: $143.2M

6.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Oh yeah, $2 million more and it will be the number one film of the year! Good to know that a film with a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes will be the highest grossing movie of 2011 (unless something surprises us).

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $10.8M

Actual Gross: $12.4M

Total Gross: $343.1M

7.) Crazy, Stupid, Love – I’m five for seven this week which means I won’t be praising myself tonight.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 7, $9.8M

Actual Gross: $12.0M

Total Gross: $42.1M

TOTAL SCORE: 5 out of 7, with a variance of $2.64285M per prediction

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