Long Range Forecast: 'Takers,' 'Piranha 3D,' 'The Switch,' 'Nanny McPhee Returns,' 'Lottery Ticket' and 'Vampires Suck'
Featured Stories - on June 19, 2010 by Phil Contrino
The third weekend of August is going to be quite crowded
This week, we've added six new films to our Long Range Forecast. Takers is set to open on August 27. Piranha 3D, The Switch, Nanny McPhee Returns, Lottery Ticket and Vampires Suck are all set to open on August 20. Vampires Suck will open on August 18.
With such a rush of new releases, it's hard to imagine that any one film will be able to break out from the pack. Plus, they all will have to compete with holdovers such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Eat Pray Love and The Expendables, which appear to be headed for solid openings.
Piranha 3D looks like campy 3D fun, and it could bring in a fraction of the audience that went to see Final Destination 3D last August.
Swith star Jennifer Aniston is far from a sure thing at the box office, and co-star Jason Bateman doesn't provide the support she usually needs from a reliable leading man.
Nanny McPhee Returns is already a solid international success, but it can expect only modest returns in the states. The property is simply not a big domestic draw.
Takers and Lottery Ticket both have famous rappers in their casts: T.I. and Chris Brown headline Takers and Ice Cube and Bow Wow star in Lottery Ticket. Lottery Ticket will skew younger, while Takers will be a nice option for moviegoers who like gritty heist flicks.
Vampires Suck could benefit from a bit of Twilight fatigue, but its prospects are limited since the spoof genre is running on fumes these days.
Check out our predictions for these films as well as others in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Takers||Aug 27, 2010||Screen Gems
|Lottery Ticket||Aug 20, 2010||Warner Bros.
|The Switch (2010)||Aug 20, 2010||Miramax
|Nanny McPhee Returns||Aug 20, 2010||Universal
|Piranha 3D||Aug 20, 2010||The Weinstein Company
|Vampires Suck||Aug 18, 2010||20th Century Fox
|Eat Pray Love||Aug 13, 2010||Sony
|The Expendables||Aug 13, 2010||Lionsgate
|Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Aug 13, 2010||Universal
|Step Up 3D||Aug 6, 2010||Disney
|Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore||Jul 30, 2010||Warner Bros.
|Dinner for Schmucks||Jul 30, 2010||Paramount (DreamWorks)
|Ramona and Beezus||Jul 23, 2010||Fox
|Salt||Jul 23, 2010||Sony / Columbia
|Inception||Jul 16, 2010||Warner Bros.
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Jul 14, 2010||Disney
|Predators||Jul 9, 2010||Fox
|Despicable Me||Jul 9, 2010||Universal
|The Last Airbender||Jul 1, 2010||Paramount
|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Jun 30, 2010||Summit
|Grown Ups||Jun 25, 2010||Sony
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.