Long Range Forecast: 'Dinner for Schmucks' and 'Ramona and Beezus'

Featured Stories - on May 22, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Salt, Dinner for Schmucks and Ramona and Beezus enter the summer frame this July


forecast52210.pngThis week, we've added Salt, Dinner for Schmucks and Ramona and Beezus to the Long Range Forecast. All three films are set to hit theaters on July 23.

Salt star Angelina Jolie certainly doesn't suffer from a shortage of publicity, and Sony will look to capitalize on her fame to help give this spy thriller a healthy opening. Of course, there's always the risk that moviegoers will feel they see enough of Jolie in the press and ultimately avoid the flick due to that overexposure.

Salt will look to grab the same audience that showed up to watch Jolie kick ass in Wanted. That action flick opened to an impressive $50.9 million in June '08.

Steve Carell is having quite a year. Date Night will reach the $90 million domestic plateau this weekend, and Despicable Me has a lot of potential. As long as audiences don't feel as though they've seen too much of Carell by the time Dinner for Schmucks rolls around, then the Paramount release should end up becoming a solid comedic hit. It obviously doesn't hurt that Jay Roach (the Austin Powers films) is behind the lens. Roach is easily one of the most reliable comedic directors working today.

Ramona and Beezus will represent a nice alternative for younger female viewers, and its performance will determine whether or not young star Selena Gomez has a future in films.

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


Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Toy Story 3 Jun 18, 2010 Disney
$120,000,000 $390,000,000
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jun 30, 2010 Summit
$95,000,000 $340,000,000
Inception Jul 16, 2010 Warner Bros.
$67,000,000 $220,000,000
The A-Team Jun 11, 2010 Fox
$58,000,000 $155,000,000
The Last Airbender Jul 2, 2010 Paramount
$52,000,000 $145,000,000
Salt Jul 23, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$38,000,000 $105,000,000
Knight and Day Jun 25, 2010 Fox
$37,000,000 $115,000,000
Grown Ups Jun 25, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$35,000,000 $110,000,000
Despicable Me Jul 9, 2010 Universal
$35,000,000 $120,000,000
The Karate Kid (2010) Jun 11, 2010 Columbia Pictures
$32,000,000 $105,000,000
Marmaduke Jun 4, 2010 Fox
$30,000,000 $100,000,000
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Jul 16, 2010 Disney
$30,000,000 $90,000,000
Dinner for Schmucks Jul 23, 2010 Paramount (DreamWorks)
$25,000,000 $75,000,000
Predators Jul 9, 2010 Fox
$24,000,000 $50,000,000
Get Him to the Greek Jun 4, 2010 Universal
$22,000,000 $62,000,000
Killers Jun 4, 2010 Lionsgate
$20,000,000 $55,000,000
Jonah Hex Jun 18, 2010 Warner Bros.
$18,000,000 $45,000,000
Ramona and Beezus Jul 23, 2010 Fox
$11,000,000 $30,000,000
Splice Jun 4, 2010 Warner Bros
$10,000,000 $25,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Dinner for Schmucks, Salt, Ramona and Beezus, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Toy Story 3, Inception, The A-Team, The Last Airbender, Knight and Day, Grown Ups, Despicable Me, The Karate Kid, Marmaduke, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Predators, Get Him to the Greek, Killers, Jonah Hex, Splice


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