May 14, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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With the only two movies that have opened so far in the ShowBuzzDaily Summer Movie Draft, Team Metcalf has expanded the early lead to $402.8 million.  Dark Shadows (the #17 pick overall) opened this past weekend with an okay $29.7 million, but no one expects the Tim Burton film to have much impact long term.  However, Marvel’s The Avengers (the #2 pick overall) has ballooned to $373.1 million after its record-setting second weekend.  Click “read more” to see the updated tracking chart.


This weekend the other two teams get into the fight.  Team Weil will see Battleship (the #13 pick overall) open Friday, while Team Salem gets going with The Dictator (#22 overall) on Wednesday.  Team Metcalf also has What to Expect When You’re Expecting (#23) opening Friday, although the third weekend for The Avengers will certainly continue to be the most potent force on that slate.


Look for our Weekend Box Office Predictions coming Wednesday.





About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.