Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Iron Man'
Featured Stories - on March 06, 2010 by Phil Contrino
Paramount's Iron Man 2 promises to start the summer movie season off with a bang.
This week, we've added Iron Man 2 to our Anticipation Index. The Paramount release hits theaters on May 7.
Iron Man 2 boasts one of the best release dates of the year. Moviegoers have been trained to think of the first full weekend in May as the beginning of the summer movie season, so they'll be ready for more action-packed adventures of Tony Stark.
How a studio fares during the summer can make or break their entire year, and Paramount will start off strong with this sequel. Iron Man launched on May 2, 2008 to a staggering $102.1 million, and it showed strong staying power by reaching $318.4 million domestically by the end of its theatrical run. There's no reason to think that the second installment won't be able to help the franchise grow.
Check out our predictions for Iron Man 2 as well as other films in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, March 6, 2010|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Green Zone||March 12||Universal||$20M||$55M|
|Remember Me||March 12||Summit||$15M||$35M|
|She's Out of My League||March 12||Paramount||$8M||$30M|
|The Bounty Hunter||March 19||Sony/Columbia||$27M||$75M|
|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||$15M||$45M|
|How to Train Your Dragon||March 26||DreamWorks Animation||$50M||$160M|
|The Last Song||March 31||Disney||$15M||$45M|
|Clash of the Titans||April 2||Warner Bros.||$65M||$180M|
|Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?||April 2||Lionsgate||$22M||$50M|
|Date Night||April 9||20th Century Fox||$40M||$125M|
|Death at a Funeral||April 16||Sony/Screen Gems||$18M||$50M|
|Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps||April 23||20th Century Fox||$16M||$37M|
|The Losers||April 23||Warner Bros.||$14M||$32M|
|The Back-up Plan||April 23||CBS Films||$10M||$27M|
|A Nightmare on Elm Street||April 30||Warner Bros./New Line||$36M||$70M|
|Furry Vengeance||April 30||Summit||$11M||$35M|
|Iron Man 2||May 7||Paramount||$135M||$380M|
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.