Long Range Forecast: 'The American' and 'Machete'

Featured Stories - on July 03, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Labor Day Weekend brings with it two tales of professional killers

forecast7310.pngThis week, we've added two new films to our Long Range Forecast: The American and Machete. The American opens on September 1, while Machete hits theaters on September 3.

The American finds George Clooney taking on the role of a hitman on one final job. Clooney's more risky films tend to find reliable followings, but they rarely turn into blockbusters. The Men Who Stare at Goats, Leatherheads and Good Night, and Good Luck. all landed in the vicinity of $30 million domestically, while Syriana and Michael Clayton ended up in the $50 million range. Expect The American to end up somewhere in between.

Machete marks a major starring role for character actor Danny Trejo, and he's being backed up by an incredible supporting cast that includes Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriquez. The film is a spin-off of a trailer that appeared in Grindhouse, the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriquez collaboration, and it will appeal to fans of campy action flicks.

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

 

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Machete Sep 3, 2010 Fox
$17,000,000* $40,000,000
The American Sep 1, 2010 Focus
$12,000,000* $35,000,000
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
The Last Exorcism Aug 27, 2010 Lionsgate
$14,000,000 $34,000,000
Piranha 3D Aug 20, 2010 The Weinstein Company
$13,000,000 $28,000,000
Lottery Ticket Aug 20, 2010 Warner Bros.
$10,000,000 $25,000,000
Nanny McPhee Returns Aug 20, 2010 Universal
$11,000,000 $35,000,000
The Switch (2010) Aug 20, 2010 Miramax
$12,000,000 $36,000,000
Vampires Suck Aug 18, 2010 20th Century Fox
$7,000,000 $16,000,000
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Aug 13, 2010 Universal
$21,000,000 $50,000,000
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
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
Dinner for Schmucks Jul 30, 2010 Paramount (DreamWorks)
$22,000,000 $65,000,000
Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore Jul 30, 2010 Warner Bros.
$23,000,000 $80,000,000
Salt Jul 23, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$43,000,000 $120,000,000
Inception Jul 16, 2010 Warner Bros.
$65,000,000 $215,000,000
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Jul 14, 2010 Disney
$25,000,000 $95,000,000
Despicable Me Jul 9, 2010 Universal
$30,000,000 $105,000,000
Predators Jul 9, 2010 Fox
$22,000,000 $45,000,000

* = four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

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

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