BOXOFFICE Forecast: 'Despicable Me' and 'Predators'
Featured Stories - on May 08, 2010 by Phil Contrino
Despicable Me and Predators will try to do some damage this July.
Final Forecast Predictions: Robin Hood $40 million opening weekend/$120 million cume; Letters to Juliet $16 million opening weekend/$42 million cume.
This week, we've added Despicable Me and Predators to the BOXOFFICE Forecast. Both films are set to open on July 9.
Universal enters the world of 3D animation with the help of all-star voice cast anchored by Steve Carell. Carell is coming off of the success of Date Night, a comedy that struck a chord with adult moviegoers. That means parents won't moan and groan as much when their kids bug them to go see Despicable Me. Unfortunately for Universal, this effort has little chance of beating such established properties as Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After in terms of worldwide, or even domestic, box office grosses.
Action enthusiasts and fans of the Predator franchise will help provide a modest opening for the latest in a long string of reboots. The main factor that may keep Predators from making some serious bank is the fact that it doesn't boast any real blockbuster stars. Adrien Brody, Topher Grace and Alice Braga are fine character actors, but they won't even come close to providing a built-in audience.
Check out our predictions for these films as well as others in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Toy Story 3||Jun 18, 2010||Disney
|Shrek Forever After||May 21, 2010||Paramount (DreamWorks)
|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Jun 30, 2010||Summit
|Sex and the City 2||May 27, 2010||Warner Bros. (New Line)
|The A-Team||Jun 11, 2010||Fox
|Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time||May 28, 2010||Disney
|The Last Airbender||Jul 2, 2010||Paramount
|Knight and Day||Jun 25, 2010||Fox
|Grown Ups||Jun 25, 2010||Sony / Columbia
|Despicable Me||Jul 9, 2010||Universal
|The Karate Kid (2010)||Jun 11, 2010||Columbia Pictures
|Marmaduke||Jun 4, 2010||Fox
|Predators||Jul 9, 2010||Fox
|Get Him to the Greek||Jun 11, 2010||Universal
|Jonah Hex||Jun 18, 2010||Warner Bros.
|Killers||Jun 4, 2010||Lionsgate
|MacGruber||May 21, 2010||Universal
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.