Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Angels & Demons'

Featured Stories - on March 20, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Tom Hanks and Ron Howard have teamed up again for Angels & Demons, which is bound to be a big hit in May.

This week, our major addition to the B OXOFFICE.com Weekly Anticipation Index is Angels & Demons, the prequel to 2006's The DaVinci Code.

It should come as no surprise that Sony was interested in making another adaptation of one of author Dan Brown's novels considering that Code raked in an impressive $217.5 million domestically ($238.5 million when adjusted for inflation) after opening to $77 million ($85 million when adjusted). Code is director Ron Howard's second-biggest box office hit behind 2000's Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which raked in a whopping $260 million domestically ($346 million when adjusted). As for Tom Hanks, Code 's leading man, his biggest box office hit remains 1994's Forrest Gump with a domestic haul of $329.7 million ($580 million when adjusted).

While A&D certainly won't top either Grinch or Gump it's bound to be a solid box office success for two well-established talents. Even though it's opening the weekend after Star Trek, A&D won't have to worry as much about overlapping audiences since it will appeal to older crowds than Trek. However, after its opening weekend it will face tough opposition from two incredibly strong newcomers the following weekend. Both Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian will eat away considerably at A&D crowds. Expect the latest Howard/Hanks collaboration to open strong with $68 million, before earning around $170 million before the end of its theatrical run.

We've also added Sony's Obsessed and Lionsgate's The Haunting in Connecticut to the list this week. While neither film will break the bank, they should post some modest numbers.

Weekly Anticipation Index, March 21, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Monsters vs. Aliens March 27 Paramount/ DreamWorks $60M $205M
The Haunting in Connecticut March 27 Lionsgate $11M $28M
Fast & Furious April 3 Universal $52M $130M
Dragonball Evolution April 8 20th Century Fox $15M $42M
Hannah Montana: The Movie April 10 Disney $33M $70M
Observe and Report April 10 Warner Bros. $19M $57M
17 Again April 17 Warner Bros./ New Line $18M $40M
State of Play April 17 Universal $16M $50M
Crank: High Voltage April 17 Lionsgate $13M $38M
The Soloist April 24 Paramount/ DreamWorks $17M $57M
Obsessed April 24 Sony $12M $35M
X-Men Origins: Wolverine May 1 20th Century Fox $95M $210M
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past May 1 Warner Bros./ New Line $24M $80M
Star Trek May 8 Paramount $55M $135M
Angels & Demons May 15 Sony $68M $170M

Check out last week's anticipation index here .

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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