Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Dear John' and 'From Paris With Love'

Featured Stories - on December 05, 2009 by Phil Contrino

A romantic drama and a spy thriller will try to capture the attention of moviegoers this February.

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This week, we've added two new films to the Anticipation Index. Dear John and From Paris with Love are both opening on February 5, 2010, which is Super Bowl Weekend.

Dear John could represent a crucial film for stars Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum. Seyfriend is coming off the huge worldwide success of Mamma Mia!, while Tatum's stock has risen thanks to the strong performance of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. There's no doubt that both thesps are on their way up, and Dear John could help them reach new heights at the box office. The fact that it's based on a Nicholas Sparks ( The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe ) novel will certainly help its cause. Sparks specializes in the kind of tearjerkers that mainstream audiences love to devour.

John Travolta is certainly hit and miss at the box office, and there's no guarantee that his fans will show up for From Paris with Love. One of the film's strongest selling points may turn out to be that it is from Pierre Morel, the director of Taken. The Liam Neeson vehicle became a sleeper hit earlier this year to the tune of $145 million domestically.

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

Weekly Anticipation Index, December 5, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Princess and the Frog December 11 (wide) Disney $28M $135M
Invictus December 11 Warner Bros. $15M $68M
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. $35M $130M
It's Complicated December 25 Universal $22M $95M
Nine December 25 (wide) The Weinstein Company $10M $58M
Up in the Air December 25 (wide) Paramount $13M $75M
Daybreakers January 8 Lionsgate $14M $36M
Leap Year January 8 Universal $13M $45M
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
Dear John February 5 Screen Gems $17M $60M
From Paris with Love February 5 Lionsgate $13M $42M

*= four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

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