Weekend Forecast: 'The Transporter Refueled' & 'A Walk In the Woods'
Featured Stories - on September 02, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff
The first full weekend of September, and summer's last official frame, sees the release of just two new wide releases for Labor Day weekend. Our analysis:
The Transporter Refueled
- The first three films found relative success and provided a stable franchise vehicle for original star Jason Statham.
- The franchise boasts a healthy 2.5 million fans of Facebook going into release weekend.
- With Statham sitting this film out, it's very questionable whether many fans of the action series will show up. Even his last entry in the franchise saw diminishing returns with the most recent 2008 film.
- Twitter and Flixster activity leave much to be desired with both falling behind the levels of Hitman: Agent 47.
A Walk In the Woods
- Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson could be able to draw out older audiences looking for an adult drama over the holiday weekend.
- Social media activity is moderately ahead of And So It Goes.
- Unfortunately, reviews are leaning negative, which could limit that target adult crowd.
- With a somewhat under-the-radar release, awareness is pretty low.
Top 10 Forecast
BoxOffice is forecasting a $69 million tally for the top ten films over the four-day portion of the extended Labor Day weekend. That would mark a 36 percent decline from 2014's $107.2 million four-day Labor Day weekend (which notably fell one week earlier on the calendar than it does this year).
Check out our complete four-day weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||4-Day Weekend||Domestic Total through Monday, September 7|
|Straight Outta Compton||Aug 14, 2015||Universal
|War Room||Aug 28, 2015||Sony / TriStar
|Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation||Jul 31, 2015||Paramount
|The Transporter Refueled||Sep 4, 2015||EuropaCorp Films
|No Escape (2015)||Aug 26, 2015||Weinstein Company
|A Walk in the Woods||Sep 2, 2015||Broad Green Pictures
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Aug 14, 2015||Warner Bros.
|Sinister 2||Aug 21, 2015||Focus / Gramercy
|Ant-Man||Jul 17, 2015||Disney
|Minions||Jul 10, 2015||Universal
|Inside Out (2015)||Jun 19, 2015||Disney
|Hitman: Agent 47||Aug 21, 2015||Fox
|The Gift (2015)||Aug 7, 2015||STX Entertainment
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.