Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Green Zone' and 'Remember Me'

Featured Stories - on January 09, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Green Zone and Remember Me will try to do some damage at the box office in March.

This week, we've added Green Zone and Remember Me to our Anticipation Index. The two films are set to hit theaters on March 12.

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If any director/star combo can make mainstream audiences interested in a story about the Iraq war it would be Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon. The duo has found immense success together with two of the three Bourne films. If moviegoers see Green Zone as something that will provide the same level of thrills as those hits, then the Universal release could be one of the first serious commercial hits about the war. Then again, if audiences smell the political concerns a mile away the film could suffer the fate of The Hurt Locker, which is beloved by critics but has only grossed $12.7 million domestically.

Remember Me will be the first major test of Robert Pattinson's drawing power outside of the Twilight franchise. Audiences may not be ready to accept the young actor in any other role since he's still in the middle of Summit's vampire saga. If Remember Me does manage to find a sizable audience, then it will definitely bode well for Pattinson's post-Twilight career.

Check out our predictions for Green Zone and Remember Me as well as other films in the table below.


Weekly Anticipation Index, January 9, 2010
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Book of Eli January 15 Warner Bros. $31M* $75M
The Lovely Bones January 15 (wide) Paramount $13M* $37M
The Spy Next Door January 15 Lionsgate $20M* $55M
The Tooth Fairy January 22 20th Century Fox $20M $65M
Legion January 22 Screen Gems $19M $50M
Extraordinary Measures January 22 CBS Films $12M $35M
Edge of Darkness January 29 Warner Bros. $22M $70M
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
Valentine's Day February 12 New Line $37M* $100M
The Wolfman February 12 Universal $25M* $60M
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief February 12 Fox 2000 $23M* $65M
Shutter Island February 19 Paramount $25M $75M
Cop Out February 26 Warner Bros. $17M $50M
Alice in Wonderland March 5 Disney $73M $215M
Green Zone March 12 Universal $25M $70M
Remember Me March 12 Summit $15M $35M

*= four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

 

Tags: Weekly Anticipation Index, Remember Me, Green Zone, Jason Bourne, Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass, Robert Pattinson, Emilie De Ravin, box office, estimates

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