Long Range Forecast: 'Bridesmaids' and 'Priest'

Featured Stories - on March 19, 2011 by Phil Contrino

bridesmaidsforecast.pngThis week, we've added two new films to our Long Range Forecast. Bridesmaids and Priest are both scheduled to hit theaters on May 12.

Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig is poised to break out in a big way, and this is the film that could do it for her. Early reviews out of SXSW are quite positive. Boxoffice's Todd Gilchrist writes that, "The cast's collective efforts easily transcend conventional chick-flick camaraderie, which is terrific news for the film's marketing team and the male viewers they hope to entice. Expect critical adulation and brilliant box office prospects." The film was also produced by Judd Apatow, and he has more hits than misses as a producer.

Priest looks like it could end up turning into one of Summer '11's biggest duds. Star Paul Bettany isn't exactly a reliable draw at the box office and the supporting castCam Gigandet, Christopher Plummer and Lily Collinsprovides little help in that area. The apocalyptic subject matter may also be a little too dark for audiences looking for traditional summer escapism.

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

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Priest (2011) May 13, 2011 Sony / Screen Gems
$13,000,000 $31,000,000
Bridesmaids May 13, 2011 Universal
$15,000,000 $45,000,000
Something Borrowed May 6, 2011 Warner Bros.
$13,000,000 $39,000,000
Jumping The Broom May 6, 2011 Sony / TriStar
$8,000,000 $22,000,000
Thor May 6, 2011 Paramount
$77,000,000 $208,000,000
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Apr 29, 2011 Weinstein Company
$11,000,000 $35,000,000
Prom Apr 29, 2011 Disney
$10,000,000 $27,000,000
Fast Five Apr 29, 2011 Universal
$65,000,000 $135,000,000
African Cats Apr 22, 2011 Disneynature
$8,000,000 $25,000,000
Water For Elephants Apr 22, 2011 Fox
$22,000,000 $60,000,000
Apollo 18 Apr 22, 2011 Weinstein Company
$19,000,000 $40,000,000
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family Apr 22, 2011 Lionsgate
$30,000,000 $67,000,000
Scream 4 Apr 15, 2011 Weinstein Company
$50,000,000 $115,000,000
Rio Apr 15, 2011 Fox
$35,000,000 $135,000,000
Your Highness Apr 8, 2011 Universal
$15,000,000 $38,000,000
Hanna Apr 8, 2011 Focus
$4,000,000 $12,000,000
Soul Surfer Apr 8, 2011 Sony / TriStar
$5,000,000 $18,000,000
Arthur (2011) Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros.
$10,000,000 $27,000,000
Source Code Apr 1, 2011 Summit
$18,000,000 $57,000,000
Hop Apr 1, 2011 Universal
$16,000,000 $65,000,000
Insidious Apr 1, 2011 FilmDistrict
$8,000,000 $18,000,000
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Mar 25, 2011 Fox
$22,000,000 $62,000,000
Sucker Punch Mar 25, 2011 Warner Bros.
$19,000,000 $48,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Bridesmaids, Priest

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