Two weeks into March and the month is already building a reputation for housing lots of action. Last weekend, Greeks waged war against Persians in 300: Rise of an Empire. Now, a popular video game franchise comes to life on the big screen after two decades in Need for Speed. Tyler Perry also returns with another non-Madea movie in The Single Moms Club.
Loosely based on the video game franchise of the same name, Need for Speed centers around Tobey Marshall (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul) who races across country to avenge his friend’s death. Additionally, he’s seeking revenge for being in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Need for Speed has little time to accelerate its box office run. It finds itself caught in between 300: Rise of an Empire (which opened to $45 million last weekend) and the highly anticipated Divergent. However with Fast & Furious 7 delayed over a year, some fans may turn to this video game adaptation for the time being.
Need for Speed ignites its engine starting 8 p.m. Thursday night with both 2D and 3D showings. That should pose little impact on the overall weekend total – $500,000 max. By Sunday, the film should claim the top spot with around $28 million in 3,115 theaters.
The other wide release comes from Tyler Perry, most notable for his “Madea” franchise. But once again, Madea’s on the back burner as Perry directs, writes, produces and stars in The Single Moms Club. The Single Moms Club brings together a handful of moms (Nia Long, Amy Smart), who form a support group to deal with many of life’s issues.
Like Need for Speed, The Singles Moms Club gets a head start on the weekend with showings starting at 8 p.m. Thursday night. The Single Moms Club opens in around 1,800 theaters this Friday – a low for Perry since 2005’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
Factoring in the low theater count and absence of staple Madea, this latest Tyler Perry film could see $13 million by the end of the weekend.
Box Office Projections
1. Need for Speed (Buena Vista) – $27.8 million (NR)
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (20th Century Fox) – $20.6 million (2)
3. 300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Bros.) – $19.5 million (1)
4. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (Lionsgate) – $13.1 million (2)
5. Non-Stop (Universal) – $9.3 million (3)
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Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.