The opening of horror sequel “Blair Witch
” has the best prospects of topping the second weekend of Tom Hanks
” with as much as $23 million this weekend in more than 3,000 theaters — though it could be a tight contest.
Universal’s romantic comedy sequel “Bridget Jones
’s Baby” is also launching with expectations in the $12 million to $16 million range at 2,920 sites. Open Road’s biopic “Snowden
” will debut with forecasts in the $8 million to $10 million range.
And Warner Bros.
,” which overperformed with $35 million on its opening weekend, may show enough staying power to lead the pack, given its appeal to older moviegoers. Hanks’ “Captain Phillips
” declined just 36% in its second weekend in 2012 and his “Bridge of Spies
” decreased only 26% in its second frame.
Lionsgate is forecasting that the third film in the “Blair Witch
” franchise will finish in the $15 million to $18 million range, but rivals are predicting significantly higher numbers,