Long Range Forecast: 'Real Steel,' 'The Ides of March' and 'WanderLust'

Featured Stories - on August 13, 2011 by Phil Contrino

realsteelreview.pngWe've added Real Steel, The Ides of March and Wanderlust to our Long Range Forecast this week. All three films are set to open on October 7.

Ready for Transformers meets Rocky? That's the vibe that Real Steel is putting out. The film should be able to rope in a healthy portion of family audiences as well as the fanboy set thanks to a very strong trailer that plays to both.

The Ides of March has "Oscar contender" written all over it, which instantly creates a must-see factor. Last year's crop of Oscar contenders performed surprisingly well and Ides of March should be able to tap into the same well. Director/star George Clooney's mainstream trust is at an all-time high, and co-star Ryan Gosling is skyrocketing to the A-list at a very rapid pace. 

Wanderlust stars Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd have more than enough drawing power to turn the film into a solid hit. The main problem is that it'll bumping right up against The Ides of March for the attention of adult moviegoers.

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

Title Release Date Distributor  Weekend Gross
Cumulative
Real Steel Oct 7, 2011 Disney / DreamWorks
$27,000,000 $70,000,000
The Ides of March Oct 7, 2011 Sony
$16,000,000 $60,000,000
WanderLust Oct 7, 2011 Universal
$15,000,000 $49,000,000
50/50 Sep 30, 2011 Summit
$10,000,000 $28,000,000
Dream House Sep 30, 2011 Universal
$17,000,000 $55,000,000
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
Moneyball Sep 23, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$17,000,000 $60,000,000
Abduction Sep 23, 2011 Lionsgate
$13,000,000 $32,000,000
Killer Elite Sep 23, 2011 Open Road
$12,000,000 $30,000,000
Dolphin Tale Sep 23, 2011 Warner Bros.
$7,000,000 $25,000,000
I Don't Know How She Does It Sep 16, 2011 Weinstein Company
$7,000,000 $20,000,000
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
The Lion King (2011 re-issue) Sep 16, 2011 Disney
$9,000,000 $25,000,000
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
Shark Night 3D Sep 2, 2011 Relativity Media
$9,000,000 $20,000,000
Apollo 18 Sep 2, 2011 Weinstein Company
$16,000,000 $35,000,000
The Debt Aug 31, 2011 Focus
$10,000,000 $25,000,000
Our Idiot Brother Aug 26, 2011 Weinstein Company
$9,000,000 $25,000,000
Colombiana Aug 26, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$8,000,000 $20,000,000
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Aug 26, 2011 FilmDistrict
$15,000,000 $42,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Real Steel, The Ides of March, WanderLust

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