Long Range Forecast: 'Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hoole,' 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' and 'You Again'

Featured Stories - on July 24, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Owls, stockbrokers and Betty White will invade theaters come late September.

forecast72410.pngThis week, we've added three news films to the Long Range Forecast. Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hoole, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and You Again are all set to open on September 24.

With Legend of the Guardians, Warner Bros. enters the 3D animation arena. Universal just proved with Despicable Me that even though Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks Animation dominate the space, there's still plenty of money to be made. The big question, as basic as it sounds, is whether or not moviegoers will find owls as cute as other animals that have lead to successful franchises. If children aren't enthused about owls, they won't want to buy any products based on the film and Warner Bros. will be unable to build a new franchise. The Happy Feet property is heading for 3D, so WB will at least have that to rely on if Ga'Hoole doesn't take off. 

The success of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps depends on whether or not moviegoers really want to pay to grapple with the tough economic issues that are already on the news every day. The star power of Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas should help to make the medicine go down a little easier in the same way that George Clooney was able to get people to show up for Up in the Air. Plus, there will be a loyal base of people who admire 1987's Wall Street

You Again will try to tap into the recent Betty White craze. As long as there's still momentum there, the Disney release should be a modest success among female moviegoers. 

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

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Sep 24, 2010 Fox
$21,000,000 $60,000,000
You Again Sep 24, 2010 Disney
$15,000,000 $50,000,000
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Sep 24, 2010 Warner Bros.
$23,000,000 $80,000,000
The Town Sep 17, 2010 Warner Bros.
$9,000,000 $27,000,000
Devil Sep 17, 2010 Universal
$20,000,000 $45,000,000
Easy A Sep 17, 2010 Screen Gems
$10,000,000 $28,000,000
Alpha & Omega Sep 17, 2010 Lionsgate
$11,000,000 $33,000,000
Resident Evil: Afterlife Sep 10, 2010 Screen Gems
$22,000,000 $45,000,000
Machete Sep 3, 2010 Fox
$17,000,000 $40,000,000
The American Sep 1, 2010 Focus
$13,000,000 $40,000,000
The Last Exorcism Aug 27, 2010 Lionsgate
$15,000,000 $37,000,000
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
Nanny McPhee Returns Aug 20, 2010 Universal
$9,000,000 $28,000,000
Lottery Ticket Aug 20, 2010 Warner Bros.
$8,000,000 $20,000,000
Piranha 3D Aug 20, 2010 The Weinstein Company
$13,000,000 $28,000,000
The Switch (2010) Aug 20, 2010 Miramax
$11,000,000 $33,000,000
Vampires Suck Aug 18, 2010 20th Century Fox
$17,000,000 $40,000,000
The Expendables Aug 13, 2010 Lionsgate
$19,000,000 $47,000,000
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Aug 13, 2010 Universal
$23,000,000 $53,000,000
Eat Pray Love Aug 13, 2010 Sony
$23,000,000 $85,000,000
Step Up 3D Aug 6, 2010 Disney
$22,000,000 $55,000,000
The Other Guys Aug 6, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$36,000,000 $105,000,000
Dinner for Schmucks Jul 30, 2010 Paramount (DreamWorks)
$20,000,000 $60,000,000
Charlie St. Cloud Jul 30, 2010 Universal
$19,000,000 $50,000,000
Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore Jul 30, 2010 Warner Bros.
$21,000,000 $75,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hoole, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, You Again

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