Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Couple's Retreat' and 'Zombieland'

Featured Stories - on August 15, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Couples Retreat and Zombieland will both try to make moviegoers laugh this October.

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This week, we've added Couples Retreat and Zombieland to our Weekly Anticipation Index.

Universal is set to release Retreat, which marks a reunion of Swingers stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, on October 9. While Favreau has been spending his days behind the camera recently on the Iron Man franchise, he's still a recognizable presence in front of the camera as well. Audiences will feel comfortable watching the two actors play off each other once again. As for Vaughn, he's still very much a major box office draw. Last November, Four Christmases grabbed $120 million domestically during the typically competitive fall season. Backing up Vaughn and Favreau is an impressive supporting cast that includes Jason Bateman ( Hancock, State of Play ), Kristen Bell ( Forgetting Sarah Marshall ) and Kristin Davis ( Sex and the City ). With a plot that centers around struggling married couples vacationing on an island, Retreat should be able to entice legions of adult moviegoers.

Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg are teaming up for Zombieland, a comedy in the same vein as Shaun of the Dead. There's always room for a satire of zombie films, and the Sony release should find a decent audience among horror aficionados and moviegoers looking for a good laugh.

Check out our predictions for those film as well as many others in the table below.

Weekly Anticipation Index, August 15, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Shorts August 21 Warner Bros. $13M $42M
Inglourious Basterds August 21 The Weinstein Company $20M $50M
Halloween 2 August 28 The Weinstein Company $27M $60M
The Final Destination August 28 Warner Bros./New Line $19M $50M
Gamer September 4 Lionsgate $15M $35M
All About Steve September 4 Fox 2000 $25M $75M
9 September 9 Focus $14M $45M
Sorority Row September 11 Summit $15M $35M
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself September 11 Lionsgate $36M $78M
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs September 18 Sony/Columbia $17M $57M
Love Happens September 18 Focus $16M $48M
Jennifer's Body September 18 Fox Atomic $21M $50M
The Informant! September 18 Warner Bros. $10M $35M
Fame September 25 MGM/UA $24M $65M
Surrogates September 25 Disney $16M $48M
Shutter Island October 2 Paramount $25M $80M
Couples Retreat October 9 Universal $24M $75M
Zombieland October 9 Sony/Columbia $13M $35M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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