Weekly Anticipation Index: 'The Book of Eli,' 'Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil,' 'The Spy Next Door' and 'Lovely Bones'

Featured Stories - on November 14, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Another apocalypse film and a novel adaptation will try to do some damage at the box office in January.


This week, we've added four new films to the Anticipation Index. The Book of Eli, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil and The Spy Next Door will all open in wide release during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. The Lovely Bones is expanding wide after a limited release that begins on December 11.

As long as audiences aren't suffering from apocalypse fatigue after 2012, The Road and Daybreakers, The Book of Eli should post very strong numbers. Denzel Washington is one of the most reliable movie stars working today and he's coming off the modest success of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil and The Spy Next Door will battle it out for the attention of family audiences. The edge goes to Hoodwinked Too! because Spy Next Door star Jackie Chan's track record is spotty as of late.

As for The Lovely Bones, some serious Oscar buzz, the trust that director Peter Jackson has earned and the fact it's based on a best-selling novel are the factors that will push it to a strong theatrical showing.

Check out our predictions for these films as well as others in the table below.

Weekly Anticipation Index, November 14, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Twilight Saga: New Moon November 20 Summit $100M $255M
Planet 51 November 20 Sony $18M $60M
The Blind Side November 20 Warner Bros. $13M $43M
Old Dogs November 25 Disney $24M $85M
Fantastic Mr. Fox November 25 Fox $17M $55M
The Road November 25 The Weinstein Company $12M $35M
Ninja Assassin November 25 Warner Bros. $12M $32M
Everybody's Fine December 4 Miramax $13M $43M
Armored December 4 Screen Gems $11M $30M
Brothers December 4 Lionsgate $11M $35M
The Princess and the Frog December 11 (wide) Disney $23M $115M
Invictus December 11 Warner Bros. $17M $75M
Avatar December 18 20th Century Fox $65M $195M
Did You Hear About the Morgans? December 18 Sony/Columbia $21M $90M
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakqual December 23 Fox $50M $225M
Sherlock Holmes December 25 Warner Bros. $31M $120M
It's Complicated December 25 Universal $22M $95M
Nine December 25 (wide) The Weinstein Company $12M $65M
Up in the Air December 25 (wide) Paramount $10M $65M
Daybreakers January 8 Lionsgate $14M $36M
Leap Year January 8 Universal $12M $38M
Youth in Revolt January 8 The Weinstein Company $10M $28M
The Book of Eli January 15 Warner Bros. $33M* $80M
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil January 15 The Weinstein Company $17M* $50M
The Lovely Bones January 15 (wide) Paramount $16M* $70M
The Spy Next Door January 15 Lionsgate $12M* $32M

*= four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

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