Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Dear John' and 'From Paris With Love'
Featured Stories - on December 05, 2009 by Phil Contrino
A romantic drama and a spy thriller will try to capture the attention of moviegoers this February.
This week, we've added two new films to the Anticipation Index. Dear John and From Paris with Love are both opening on February 5, 2010, which is Super Bowl Weekend.
Dear John could represent a crucial film for stars Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum. Seyfriend is coming off the huge worldwide success of Mamma Mia!, while Tatum's stock has risen thanks to the strong performance of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. There's no doubt that both thesps are on their way up, and Dear John could help them reach new heights at the box office. The fact that it's based on a Nicholas Sparks ( The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe ) novel will certainly help its cause. Sparks specializes in the kind of tearjerkers that mainstream audiences love to devour.
John Travolta is certainly hit and miss at the box office, and there's no guarantee that his fans will show up for From Paris with Love. One of the film's strongest selling points may turn out to be that it is from Pierre Morel, the director of Taken. The Liam Neeson vehicle became a sleeper hit earlier this year to the tune of $145 million domestically.
Check out our predictions for these films as well as others in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, December 5, 2009|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|The Princess and the Frog||December 11 (wide)||Disney||$28M||$135M|
|Invictus||December 11||Warner Bros.||$15M||$68M|
|Avatar||December 18||20th Century Fox||$62M||$185M|
|Did You Hear About the Morgans?||December 18||Sony/Columbia||$21M||$90M|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||December 23||Fox||$46M||$230M|
|Sherlock Holmes||December 25||Warner Bros.||$35M||$130M|
|It's Complicated||December 25||Universal||$22M||$95M|
|Nine||December 25 (wide)||The Weinstein Company||$10M||$58M|
|Up in the Air||December 25 (wide)||Paramount||$13M||$75M|
|Leap Year||January 8||Universal||$13M||$45M|
|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||$18M*||$75M|
|The Spy Next Door||January 15||Lionsgate||$12M*||$32M|
|The Tooth Fairy||January 22||20th Century Fox||$20M||$65M|
|Legion||January 22||Screen Gems||$14M||$37M|
|Extraordinary Measures||January 22||CBS Films||$13M||$40M|
|Edge of Darkness||January 29||Warner Bros.||$21M||$65M|
|When in Rome||January 29||Disney||$14M||$42M|
|Dear John||February 5||Screen Gems||$17M||$60M|
|From Paris with Love||February 5||Lionsgate||$13M||$42M|
*= four-day weekend
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.