All week long, Gold Derby users have been making their predictions for what film will win the U.S. box office for the weekend of July 16 – July 18. Leading our odds for the second week in a row is “Black Widow” (dir. Cate Shortland), the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry that last weekend set a domestic pandemic record with $80 million. Scarlett Johansson is back as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in this prequel film that explains what happened to the popular character between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) and “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018).
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“Space Jam: A New Legacy” (dir. Malcolm D. Lee) comes in second place on our predictions chart for Warner Bros. This is a spiritual sequel to “Space Jam” (1996), with LeBron James taking over for Michael Jordan; don’t worry, the Looney Tunes characters aren’t being replaced by anyone. The original title swished a cool $250 million at the U.S. box office, so odds-makers are expecting “Space Jam 2” to also be a hit.
Our readers have “F9” (dir. Justin Lin) in third place to win the weekend. The ninth flick in the ever-popular “Fast & Furious” franchise brings Vin Diesel back as reformed criminal Dom Toretto, whose quiet life with his family is upended when danger rears its ugly head. Universal Pictures’ car-racing action movie has already brought in more than $143 million domestically, and counting.
Here’s a closer look at our current box office predictions for the July 16 – July 18 weekend:
What movie will be #1 at U.S. box office?
1st choice: “Black Widow”
2nd choice: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”
3rd choice: “F9”
How much money will the #1 movie make?
1st choice: $25 million – $50 million
2nd choice: $50 million – $75 million
3rd choice: $75 million – $100 million
What movie will be #2 at U.S. box office?
1st choice: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”
2nd choice: “F9”
3rd choice: “Black Widow”
What movie will be #3 at U.S. box office?
1st choice: “F9”
2nd choice: “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions”
3rd choice: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”
What movie will be #4 at U.S. box office?
1st choice: “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions”
2nd choice: “F9”
3rd choice: “The Boss Baby: Family Business”
What movie will be #5 at U.S. box office?
1st choice: “The Boss Baby: Family Business”
2nd choice: “A Quiet Place Part II”
3rd choice: “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions”