This will be a busy weekend at the box office, but, similar to last weekend, it’ll only be filled with modest opening totals.

“Kick-Ass 2” is getting the widest release, but not by much and it also likely won’t edge out the competition by much either. The first film opened with $19.8 million, but even having built up some franchise momentum since its April 2010 debut, the sequel will likely only begin its run with about $25 million. “The Butler” is likely gunning for a “The Help”-sized opening, but it’s got no shot at matching that film’s $10,278 per theater average. Should “The Butler” take $6,000 per theater, it’ll open with a total of $17 million.

“Jobs” is rocking quite a bit of intrigue, but that’ll likely only get it the #7 spot on the top ten. If it posts a $3,000 per theater average, just a little more than “Taking Woodstock” during its opening weekend, “Jobs” will come in with a total of $7 million. As for “Paranoia,” big names like Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, and Harrison Ford will get it some attention, but not enough to earn more than $10 million to start, similar to the January 2013 thriller that leaned on its famous faces, “Broken City.”

After its mediocre opening, “Elysium” could be in for a hefty weekend one to two hit. With both “Kick-Ass 2” and “Paranoia” dipping into its viewership, “Elysium” will likely see its opening profits slashed in half and come in with about $13 million. “We’re the Millers” could have better luck considering there are no commercial comedies entering the competition. Should that one lose just 45%, it’ll post another $14.5 million and take the #3 spot.

“Planes” has a good shot at holding strong, too, both because there’s nothing family-friendly hitting theaters and also because the other animated films are all on their way out. If “Planes” loses 45% of its opening profits, it’ll take another $12 million to the bank. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” on the other hand, could be in for a swift decline. If its weak opening gets chopped in half, it’ll take just $7 million this time around and then likely fall even harder in weekend three when “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” steals more of its audience.

“2 Guns” is bound to take a big hit because it’s losing 559 theaters, but fortunately, “The Smurfs 2” is losing 959 more so it’ll have no trouble securing the #8 spot. Should “2 Guns” drop 48% and “The Smurfs 2” lose 53%, the former will take $6 million and the latter just $4 million. Predictions

1. Kick-Ass 2

2. The Butler

3. We’re the Millers

4. Elysium

5. Planes

6. Paranoia

7. Jobs

8. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

9. 2 Guns

10.The Smurfs 2

By Perri Nemiroff (via Box Office Mojo)

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By Perri Nemiroff

Film producer and director best known for her work in movies such as FaceTime, Trevor, and The Professor. She has worked as an online movie blogger and reporter for sites such as,, Shockya, and MTV's Movies Blog.

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