Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Halloween 2' and 'The Final Destination'

Featured Stories - on July 04, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Halloween 2 and The Final Destination will try to end the summer on a strong note.


Horror fans will have plenty to look forward to during the last weekend of August. As the summer comes to an end, a pair of fright flicks will make their way to the multiplexes in the hopes of grabbing some lucrative summer box office.

Director Rob Zombie will continue his resurrection of the Halloween franchise with Halloween 2. Zombie brought the popular horror series back to life in a big way in 2007 with a reboot that grossed an impressive $30.6 million domestically during its opening frame before finishing its theatrical run at close to $60 million. Recently, the Michael Bay-produced version of Friday the 13th opened with $43.6 million domestically before running out of steam quickly and finishing with a still respectable $65 million. Horror films are always front-loaded, so that comes as little surprise. After a summer full of fighting robots, wizards and space captains, audiences should be ready for a good scare.

The Final Destination, a fourth installment in a consistently strong franchise, will also be competing for the attention of horror enthusiasts. The fact that Destination will be played in 3D is not only going to help it entice moviegoers who may have grown tired of the series, but it will also pad the film's gross thanks to the extra price of 3D tickets.

Check out our box office predictions for both films in the table below.

Weekly Anticipation Index, July 4, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Brüno July 10 Universal $45M $120M
I Love You, Beth Cooper July 10 Fox Atomic $13M $35M
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince July 15 Warner Bros. $88M $315M
G-Force July 24 Disney $33M $118M
The Ugly Truth July 24 Sony/Columbia $25M $80M
Funny People July 31 Universal $34M $105M
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra August 7 Paramount $40M $100M
Julie & Julia August 7 Sony/ Columbia $20M $70M
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard August 14 Paramount Vantage $13M $40M
The Time Traveler's Wife August 14 Warner Bros./New Line $14M $43M
District 9 August 14 Sony $17M $53M
Shorts August 21 Warner Bros. $13M $42M
Inglourious Basterds August 21 The Weinstein Company $25M $70M
Halloween 2 August 28 The Weinstein Company $28M $62M
The Final Destination August 28 Warner Bros. $17M $43M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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