Long Range Forecast: 'Non-Stop', 'Son of God', & 'Welcome to Yesterday'
Featured Stories - on January 03, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
Three late February releases--Non-Stop, Son of God and Welcome to Yesterday--join our Long Range Forecast this week.
- Liam Neeson has revitalized his box office career in recent years thanks to the Taken franchise, which found great success with its first entry during a winter 2009 release.
- After early January's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, adult crowds won't have much to choose from until this opens.
- Co-star Julianne Moore is a well-respected and appealing actress for older audiences.
- Taken 2's lukewarm audience reception could have some effect here.
- Are audiences getting burned out on Neeson's action flicks?
Son of God
- The television miniseries (The Bible) which this is edited down from was a huge ratings success in early 2013.
- Some Christian audiences will likely show up out of curiosity and/or not having seen the miniseries.
- Very rarely do religiously themed films find a big audience at the box office in the vein of 2004's The Passion of the Christ.
- Fans of the miniseries could turn away knowing they've already seen a longer version of this film.
Welcome to Yesterday
- The found-footage sci-fi feel is reminiscent of Chronicle, which beat box office expectations in early 2012 thanks to similar teenage appeal.
- Online trailer reactions have been fairly positive.
- The found-footage sub-genre has lost some of its box office potency recently.
- Fans of Chronicle aren't guaranteed to show up, and if they do, this film will have to generate similarly positive word of mouth on its own.
Notable changes on our forecast this week include That Awkward Moment (up), The LEGO Movie (down).
Check out our forecast for these and other upcoming films in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||First Weekend of Wide Release||Cumulative|
|Welcome to Yesterday||Feb 28, 2014||Paramount
|Non-Stop (2014)||Feb 28, 2014||Universal
|Son of God||Feb 28, 2014||Fox
|3 Days to Kill||Feb 21, 2014||Relativity Media
|Pompeii||Feb 21, 2014||Sony / TriStar
|About Last Night||Feb 14, 2014||Sony / Screen Gems
|Endless Love (2014)||Feb 14, 2014||Universal
|Vampire Academy||Feb 14, 2014||Weinstein Company
|Winter's Tale||Feb 14, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Robocop (2014)||Feb 12, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|The Monuments Men||Feb 7, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|The LEGO Movie||Feb 7, 2014||Warner Bros.
|That Awkward Moment||Jan 31, 2014||Focus / FilmDistrict
|I, Frankenstein||Jan 24, 2014||Lionsgate
|Ride Along||Jan 17, 2014||Universal
|The Nut Job||Jan 17, 2014||Open Road
|Devil's Due||Jan 17, 2014||Fox
|Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Jan 17, 2014||Paramount
|The Legend Of Hercules||Jan 10, 2014||Lionsgate / Summit
Her: $7 million/$32 million
Lone Survivor: $23 million/$70 million
Labor Day: $7 million/$23 million
* = 3-day weekend (Fri-Sun)
** = 4-day weekend (Fri-Mon)
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.