Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Edge of Darkness' and 'When in Rome'
Featured Stories - on November 28, 2009 by Phil Contrino
Mel Gibson returns to the world of acting this January in director Martin Campbell's Edge of Darkness.
This week, we've added two new films to the Anticipation Index. Edge of Darkness and When in Rome both open on January 29, 2010.
There is bound to be a lot of press surrounding the fact that Edge of Darkness marks Mel Gibson's first starring role since 2002's Signs, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide. Yet Gibson's public image is seriously tarnished thanks to a DUI arrest, anti-Semitic remarks and a very public divorce. Luckily, mainstream audiences can be very forgiving. Just look at how well Robert Downey Jr. has rebounded after years of drug and alcohol abuse. Perhaps enough time has passed and Gibson can return to at least some of his former box office glory with this latest project. It will also help that Darkness is in the same vein as recent revenge flicks such Taken and Law Abiding Citizen. Both of those films were huge commercial successes.
When in Rome will mark a major test for star Kristen Bell. The young actress has had supporting roles in hits such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Couples Retreat, and now she's at the center of a marketing campaign for a Disney film. It will definitely help that Bell is backed up by a strong supporting cast that includes Will Arnett, Dax Shepard, Josh Duhamel and Anjelica Huston.
Check out our predictions for both of these films as well as others in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, November 28, 2009|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Everybody's Fine||December 4||Miramax||$13M||$43M|
|Armored||December 4||Screen Gems||$10M||$27M|
|The Princess and the Frog||December 11 (wide)||Disney||$24M||$120M|
|Invictus||December 11||Warner Bros.||$17M||$75M|
|Avatar||December 18||20th Century Fox||$62M||$185M|
|Did You Hear About the Morgans?||December 18||Sony/Columbia||$21M||$90M|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||December 23||Fox||$46M||$230M|
|Sherlock Holmes||December 25||Warner Bros.||$33M||$125M|
|It's Complicated||December 25||Universal||$22M||$95M|
|Nine||December 25 (wide)||The Weinstein Company||$11M||$60M|
|Up in the Air||December 25 (wide)||Paramount||$11M||$70M|
|Leap Year||January 8||Universal||$12M||$38M|
|Youth in Revolt||January 8||The Weinstein Company||$10M||$28M|
|The Book of Eli||January 15||Warner Bros.||$33M*||$80M|
|Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||January 15||The Weinstein Company||$17M*||$50M|
|The Lovely Bones||January 15 (wide)||Paramount||$18M*||$75M|
|The Spy Next Door||January 15||Lionsgate||$12M*||$32M|
|The Tooth Fairy||January 22||20th Century Fox||$20M||$65M|
|Legion||January 22||Screen Gems||$14M||$37M|
|Extraordinary Measures||January 22||CBS Films||$13M||$40M|
|Edge of Darkness||January 29||Warner Bros.||$21M||$65M|
|When in Rome||January 29||Disney||$14M||$42M|
*= four-day weekend
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.