Long Range Forecast: 'Footloose,' 'The Thing' and 'The Big Year'

Featured Stories - on August 20, 2011 by Phil Contrino

footlooseforecast.pngWe've added Footloose, The Thing and The Big Year to the Long Range Forecast this week. All three films are set to open on October 14.

Footloose will try to reverse the downward trend that dance-heavy films have experienced latelyStep Up 3D managed only $42.4 million after its predecessor took in $58 million. While Footloose is aiming for the same teenage audience that came out for the Step Up movies, it should also be able to rope in a fair amount of adult moviegoers who have fond memories of the original. Expect this one to be a respectable mid-level hit.

The Thing is aiming to become a successful horror remakenot an easy task. If horror junkies are bored with the rush of weighty drama that begin to invade theaters starting in October, then The Thing could turn into a solid counter-programming hit.

The Big Year boasts a strong comedic union of Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin. Both Wilson and Black are coming off of mainstream duds: Hall Pass and Gulliver's Travels, respectively. Yet even if Wilson and Black were still at the height of their drawing power, The Big Year wouldn't exactly come across as a sure thing. It's hard to imagine people lining up around the block for a comedy about bird watchers.

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

 

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Footloose (2011) Oct 14, 2011 Paramount
$20,000,000 $57,000,000
The Big Year Oct 14, 2011 Fox
$15,000,000 $50,000,000
The Thing (2011) Oct 14, 2011 Universal
$17,000,000 $42,000,000
WanderLust Oct 7, 2011 Universal
$15,000,000 $49,000,000
The Ides of March Oct 7, 2011 Sony
$16,000,000 $60,000,000
Real Steel Oct 7, 2011 Disney / DreamWorks
$27,000,000 $70,000,000
Courageous Sep 30, 2011 Sony / TriStar
$4,000,000 $17,000,000
What's Your Number Sep 30, 2011 Fox
$12,000,000 $35,000,000
50/50 Sep 30, 2011 Summit
$11,000,000 $33,000,000
Dream House Sep 30, 2011 Universal
$17,000,000 $55,000,000
Killer Elite Sep 23, 2011 Open Road
$12,000,000 $30,000,000
Abduction Sep 23, 2011 Lionsgate
$14,000,000 $35,000,000
Dolphin Tale Sep 23, 2011 Warner Bros.
$7,000,000 $25,000,000
Moneyball Sep 23, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$17,000,000 $60,000,000
The Lion King 3D Sep 16, 2011 Disney
$9,000,000 $25,000,000
Straw Dogs (2011) Sep 16, 2011 Sony / Screen Gems
$8,000,000 $22,000,000
Drive (2011) Sep 16, 2011 FilmDistrict
$13,000,000 $42,000,000
I Don't Know How She Does It Sep 16, 2011 Weinstein Company
$7,000,000 $20,000,000
Contagion Sep 9, 2011 Warner Bros.
$22,000,000 $70,000,000
Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star Sep 9, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$4,000,000 $9,000,000
Warrior (2011) Sep 9, 2011 Lionsgate
$10,000,000 $33,000,000
Apollo 18 Sep 2, 2011 Weinstein Company
$16,000,000 $35,000,000
Shark Night 3D Sep 2, 2011 Relativity Media
$9,000,000 $20,000,000
The Debt Aug 31, 2011 Focus
$9,000,000 $23,000,000
Our Idiot Brother Aug 26, 2011 Weinstein Company
$9,000,000 $30,000,000
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Aug 26, 2011 FilmDistrict
$14,000,000 $40,000,000
Colombiana Aug 26, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$9,000,000 $23,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

 

Tags: Footloose, The Thing, The Big Year

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