Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Fantastic Mr. Fox,' 'Nine,' 'Old Dogs' and 'The Road'

Featured Stories - on October 03, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Fantastic Mr. Fox and Nine are just two of the options moviegoers will have over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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This week, we've added added four new films to the Anticipation Index. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Nine, Old Dogs and The Road will all begin wide theatrical runs on November 25.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is going to be something of a difficult sell for 20th Century Fox. In a year dominated by 3D animation, Fantastic Mr. Fox, which uses stop-motion animation, may look slightly dated. Even though Coraline was able to grab a solid $75.3 million, it was also screened in 3D. Still, the all-star cast that includes George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray will most likely hit the talk-show circuit in support of the film and the fact that it's based on Roald Dahl's classic novel will provide something of a bult-in audience.

Disney is obviously hoping that Old Dogs will follow in the footsteps of Wild Hogs, which was also shot by director Walt Becker. Hogs grossed nearly $250 million worldwide back in 2007. Dogs will go far thanks to the star power of Robin Williams and John Travolta.

The Weinstein Company is responsible for distributing Nine and The Road. While it's anchored by Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine 's female supporting cast is going to be its biggest draw. Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren will surely entice moviegoers.

As for The Road, its release date has been changed a couple of times and early reviews are mixed. B OXOFFICE's Pete Hammond wrote that, "With an outstanding lead performance by Viggo Mortensen and impressive production values this earnest and engrossing film will have to count on strong reviews and awards attention to lure reluctant audiences into the multiplex, but with the pre-sold value of [Cormac] McCarthy’s tome (one of Oprah’s book club recommendations), this long-delayed release could be a decent performer in a thin fall season."

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

Weekly Anticipation Index, October 3, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Couples Retreat October 9 Universal $27M $82M
Where the Wild Things Are October 16 Warner Bros. $27M $80M
Law Abiding Citizen October 16 Overture $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 $35M
Michael Jackson's This Is It October 28 Sony $38M $83M
Disney's A Christmas Carol November 6 Disney $50M $175M
The Box November 6 Warner Bros. $15M $40M
The Fourth Kind November 6 Universal $13M $35M
The Men Who Stare at Goats November 6 Overture $11M $40M
2012 November 13 Sony $65M $162M
The Twilight Saga: New Moon November 20 Summit $95M $250M
Planet 51 November 20 Sony $16M $50M
The Blind Side November 20 Warner Bros. $12M $38M
Old Dogs November 25 Disney $22M $80M
Fantastic Mr. Fox November 25 Fox $19M $60M
Nine November 25 The Weinstein Company $17M $65M
The Road November 25 The Weinstein Company $10M $30M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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