‘Jack Reacher,’ other new releases try to beat ‘The Hobbit’ at the box office this weekend

By Daniel S Levine,

This weekend is likely one of the busiest of the year for Hollywood, with an incredible eight wide releases opening between now and Christmas day. They will all have to compete with last week’s winner, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

On Wednesday, the Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogen comedy The Road Trip opened and earned just $1 million at 2,431 locations, notes Box Office Mojo. Paramount (which is releasing two other films over the holiday) expects that it will finish its first five days with between $8 million and $10 million.

Disney and Pixar’s 3D re-release of Monsters Inc. also hit theaters Wednesday, making just $778,913. It’s also expected to make around $10 million during its first five days.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty opened in New York and LA, making a stunning $124,848 at only five locations.

Tom Cruise will hope to duplicate the success of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol with Jack Reacher, which hits theaters today. It isn’t likely to do as well as that film did last Christmas. Entertainment Weekly predicts that it will gross $13 million.

Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 is looking at an opening in the mid-to-low teens. The film stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann and is a spin-off of Knocked Up, which made $148.8 million in 2007.

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away is opening at 800 theaters this weekend and could break the Top 10.

Still, none of these films will probably top The Hobbit, which could add another $37 million this weekend. It has made $106.5 million in its first six days in theaters.

On Christmas day, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Les Miserables will hit theaters, as will the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance.

image: Paramount

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