Long Range Forecast: 'Going the Distance' and 'The Last Exorcism'

Featured Stories - on June 26, 2010 by Phil Contrino

A romantic comedy and a horror flick will try to end August on a high note

forecast62610.pngThis week, we've added two new films to the Long Range Forecast. Going the Distance and The Last Exorcism are both scheduled to hit theaters on August 27.

After a summer full of explosions, car chases and fight scenes, Warner Bros. is hoping that audiences will be looking for a simple romantic comedy when they send out Going the Distance. Stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long have been linked romantically in real life, so that should give the flick a nice publicity angle. Meanwhile, supporting players Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) should help make male viewers less hesitant to use it as a date night option.

Summer 2010 hasn't exactly been full of horror flicks, so The Last Exorcism could end up bringing in its share of fright-fest junkies. Since Exorcism lacks real star power, the trailer and the premise need to catch on in a major way.

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

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: $95 million/$325 million; The Last Airbender $45 million/$150 million.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Last Exorcism Aug 27, 2010 Lionsgate
$14,000,000 $34,000,000
Takers Aug 27, 2010 Screen Gems
$10,000,000 $22,000,000
Going the Distance (2010) Aug 27, 2010 New Line
$10,000,000 $25,000,000
Lottery Ticket Aug 20, 2010 Warner Bros.
$10,000,000 $25,000,000
The Switch (2010) Aug 20, 2010 Miramax
$12,000,000 $36,000,000
Nanny McPhee Returns Aug 20, 2010 Universal
$11,000,000 $35,000,000
Piranha 3D Aug 20, 2010 The Weinstein Company
$13,000,000 $28,000,000
Vampires Suck Aug 18, 2010 20th Century Fox
$7,000,000 $16,000,000
Eat Pray Love Aug 13, 2010 Sony
$23,000,000 $85,000,000
The Expendables Aug 13, 2010 Lionsgate
$19,000,000 $47,000,000
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Aug 13, 2010 Universal
$21,000,000 $50,000,000
Step Up 3D Aug 6, 2010 Disney
$22,000,000 $55,000,000
The Other Guys Aug 6, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$32,000,000 $95,000,000
Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore Jul 30, 2010 Warner Bros.
$23,000,000 $80,000,000
Dinner for Schmucks Jul 30, 2010 Paramount (DreamWorks)
$22,000,000 $65,000,000
Salt Jul 23, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$40,000,000 $110,000,000
Ramona and Beezus Jul 23, 2010 Fox
$11,000,000 $30,000,000
Inception Jul 16, 2010 Warner Bros.
$67,000,000 $220,000,000
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Jul 14, 2010 Disney
$25,000,000 $95,000,000
Despicable Me Jul 9, 2010 Universal
$28,000,000 $100,000,000
Predators Jul 9, 2010 Fox
$20,000,000 $43,000,000


Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Going the Distance (2010), Takers, Nanny McPhee Returns, The Switch (2010), Lottery Ticket, Piranha 3D, Vampires Suck, Eat Pray Love, The Expendables, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Step Up 3D, The Other Guys, Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore, Dinner for Schmucks, Salt, Ramona and Beezus, Inception, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Predators, Despicable Me, The Last Exorcism

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