Long Range Forecast: 'Beauty and the Beast 3D,' 'Joyful Noise' and 'Contraband'

Featured Stories - on November 19, 2011 by Phil Contrino

Coming off the $30 million opening/$94 million cume of The Lion King 3D, Disney will be optimistic about Beauty and the Beast 3D. An entire generation of girls grew up with the film, and now that they are grown up they'll be able to take their daughters to enjoy it as well. The main factor that will stop it from matching Lion King's haul is it doesn't have nearly as much appeal among males. 

Joyful Noise could turn into something of a sleeper hit. The uplifting flick is bound to entice the same faith-based crowds that lined up for The Blind Side and Courageous. The combination of Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton will help Joyful Noise bring in a broad range of demographics.

Contraband will serve as a nice bit of counterprogramming to Beauty and the Beast 3D and Joyful Noise. Expect males looking for a dose of action after an Oscar season full of serious dramas and family-skewing flicks to show up in droves.

Check out our predictions for these films as well as other in the table below.

The Muppets: $37 million/$128 million
Arthur Christmas: $16 million/$70 million
Hugo: $8 million/$30 million

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Beauty and the Beast 3D Jan 13, 2012 Disney
$24,000,000 $68,000,000
Joyful Noise Jan 13, 2012 Warner Bros.
$19,000,000 $57,000,000
Contraband Jan 13, 2012 Universal
$15,000,000 $38,000,000
The Devil Inside Jan 6, 2012 Paramount
$16,000,000 $33,000,000
The Darkest Hour Dec 25, 2011 Summit
$2,000,000* $15,000,000
War Horse Dec 25, 2011 Disney / DreamWorks
$4,000,000* $70,000,000
We Bought a Zoo Dec 23, 2011 Fox
$10,000,000 $78,000,000
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Dec 21, 2011 Paramount
$33,000,000 $165,000,000
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Dec 21, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$16,000,000 $90,000,000
The Adventures of Tintin Dec 21, 2011 Paramount
$22,000,000 $150,000,000
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Dec 16, 2011 Warner Bros.
$75,000,000 $230,000,000
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Dec 16, 2011 Fox
$42,000,000 $180,000,000
New Year's Eve Dec 9, 2011 Warner Bros. / New Line
$16,000,000 $75,000,000
The Sitter Dec 9, 2011 Fox
$12,000,000 $40,000,000
Young Adult Dec 9, 2011 Paramount
$7,000,000 $32,000,000

*opens on a Sunday

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.


Tags: Beauty and the Beast 3D, Joyful Noise, Contraband

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