Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Saw VI,' 'Amelia,' 'Astro Boy' and 'Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant'

Featured Stories - on August 29, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Saw VI and Amelia are two of the biggest films that will be landing in theaters this October.

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This week, we've added four new films to our Anticipation Index. Saw VI, Amelia, Astro Boy and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant all open during the fourth weekend of October.

The Saw franchise is now very much a Halloween tradition for moviegoers. While the cumulative grosses have been waning with each film, the opening weekends are consistently strong. Saw V grabbed $30 million during its opening frame before finishing with $56.7 million domestically. Saw III is still the most successful film of the series with a $33 million opening and a $80.2 million domestic cume. Even though the latest installment will probably fit into the downward trend, it should post very respectable numbers.

Amelia, which stars Hilary Swank as the famous lost aviator Amelia Earhart, is one of the first major prestige pics of the fall. Keeping that mind, adult audiences looking to keep up with all the Oscar buzz will definitely show up.

Astro Boy and Cirque du Freak will have to battle for the attention of family audiences.

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

Weekly Anticipation Index, August 29, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Gamer September 4 Lionsgate $17M $37M
All About Steve September 4 Fox 2000 $22M $65M
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 $18M $60M
Love Happens September 18 Focus $16M $48M
Jennifer's Body September 18 Fox Atomic $22M $53M
The Informant! September 18 Warner Bros. $11M $37M
Fame September 25 MGM/UA $24M $65M
Surrogates September 25 Disney $17M $50M
Zombieland October 2 Sony/Columbia $14M $37M
Couples Retreat October 9 Universal $26M $80M
Where the Wild Things Are October 16 Warner Bros. $25M $75M
Law Abiding Citizen October 16 Overture $15M $43M
The Road October 16 The Weinstein Company $14M $40M
Saw VI October 23 Lionsgate $29M $55M
Amelia October 23 Fox Searchlight $14M $50M
Astro Boy October 23 Summit $15M $48M
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant October 23 Universal $12M $36M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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