Weekly Anticipation Index: '2012'

Featured Stories - on September 19, 2009 by Phil Contrino

This November, director Roland Emmerich is going to destroy the planet with 2012, his latest action spectacle.


This week, we've added 2012 to the Anticipation Index. Director Roland Emmerich's latest destruction extravaganza is set to open on November 13.

While 2012 certainly feels like the kind of movie that would open during the summer, it should have no problem finding an audience during the fall movie season. A movie full of action should play as a perfect alternative to all the somber Oscar contenders that will begin rolling out at the same time.

By now, audiences know exactly what to expect from Emmerich—mass destruction—and the theatrical trailer for 2012 has that in spades. While the film boasts an impressive ensemble cast, the real star will be the special effects and the action sequences.

Emmerich is certainly in need of a hit considering that last year 10,000 B.C. delivered the director's weakest box office figures since he made Stargate back in 1994. Still, 10,000 B.C. 's domestic haul of $94.8 million would be considered a huge success for most directors.

Check out our prediction for 2012 as well as other upcoming releases in the table below.

Weekly Anticipation Index, September 19, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Fame September 25 MGM/UA $21M $60M
Surrogates September 25 Disney $16M $50M
Zombieland October 2 Sony/Columbia $15M $40M
Couples Retreat October 9 Universal $27M $82M
Where the Wild Things Are October 16 Warner Bros. $27M $80M
Law Abiding Citizen October 16 Overture $15M $43M
Saw VI October 23 Lionsgate $29M $55M
Amelia October 23 Fox Searchlight $14M $50M
Astro Boy October 23 Summit $15M $48M
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant October 23 Universal $12M $35M
Michael Jackson's This Is It October 28 Sony $36M $75M
Disney's A Christmas Carol November 6 Disney $50M $175M
The Box November 6 Warner Bros. $15M $40M
The Fourth Kind November 6 Universal $13M $35M
The Men Who Stare at Goats November 6 Overture $11M $40M
2012 November 13 Sony $60M $155M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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