Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Kick-Ass'

Featured Stories - on February 13, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Lionsgate's Kick-Ass is going to deliver an unconventional take on the superhero genre this coming April.

This week, we've added Kick-Ass and Death at a Funeral to our Anticipation Index. Both films are set to hit theaters on April 16.

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Kick-Ass has "sleeper hit" written all over it. The film's trailer is funny and inventive, and early word of mouth is quite positive. The fact that its source comic was created by Mark Millar, the same man responsible for Wanted, is also a good sign. Wanted grossed nearly $340 million worldwide for Universal, and a sequel is in the works. While Kick-Ass is probably too quirky to post that kind of haul, it should become a mid-level hit this spring.

The teaming of Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence is the best asset that Death at a Funeral has going for it. While the two actors don't boast the same level of drawing power they once did, they should be able to do some damage together. Look for the Sony/Screens Gems release to tally some respectable grosses.

Check out our predictions for Kick-Ass and Death at a Funeral as well as other films in the table below.

 

Weekly Anticipation Index, February 13, 2010
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Shutter Island February 19 Paramount $29M $90M
Cop Out February 26 Warner Bros. $17M $45M
The Crazies February 26 Overture $10M $25M
Alice in Wonderland March 5 Disney $73M $210M
Green Zone March 12 Universal $27M $75M
Remember Me March 12 Summit $15M $35M
The Bounty Hunter March 19 Sony/Columbia $25M $73M
Diary of Wimpy Kid March 19 20th Century Fox $12M $40M
Repo Men March 19 Universal $9M $23M
Hot Tub Time Machine March 26 MGM $12M $35M
How to Train Your Dragon March 26 DreamWorks Animation $50M $155M
The Last Song March 31 Disney $15M $45M
Clash of the Titans April 2 Warner Bros. $65M $175M
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? April 2 Lionsgate $22M $50M
Date Night April 9 20th Century Fox $37M $120M
Kick-Ass April 16 Lionsgate $30M $75M
Death at a Funeral April 16 Sony/Screen Gems $18M $50M

*= four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Kick-Ass, Lionsgate, Matthew Vaughn, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, superheroes, adaptation, comic book, comedy, R-rated, Weekly Anticipation Index, Death at a Funeral, remake, Chris Rock, Frank Oz, Neil LaBute, Martin Lawrence

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