Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Sex and the City 2' and 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'

Featured Stories - on March 27, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will square off during Memorial Day Weekend.

This week, we've added Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to our Anticipation Index. SATC 2 hits theaters on May 27, while Prince of Persia lands on May 28.

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SATC 2 will serve as the perfect bit of counterprogramming to all the explosions, fight scenes and grandstanding of typical summer blockbusters. The property has a loyal fan base that is bound to have grown since the first film opened to a staggering $56.8 million in May of 2008. Expect the sequel to open to better numbers.

Prince of Persia will try to fall into the success column when it comes to video game adaptations. The genre is certainly more miss than hit, and star Jake Gyllenhaal is not exactly a sure thing at the box office. Yet with similarities to The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean, Prince of Persia is bound to find an audience outside of the core fan base. Whether or not it will lead to a viable franchise is uncertain at this time.

Check out our predictions for Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as well as other films in the table below.

 

Weekly Anticipation Index, March 27, 2010
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Last Song March 31 Disney $14M $40M
Clash of the Titans April 2 Warner Bros. $70M $210M
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? April 2 Lionsgate $22M $50M
Date Night April 9 20th Century Fox $40M $125M
Kick-Ass April 16 Lionsgate $32M $80M
Death at a Funeral April 16 Sony/Screen Gems $18M $50M
Oceans April 22 Disney $7M $22M
The Losers April 23 Warner Bros. $18M $40M
The Back-up Plan April 23 CBS Films $11M $30M
A Nightmare on Elm Street April 30 Warner Bros./New Line $39M $75M
Furry Vengeance April 30 Summit $9M $30M
Iron Man 2 May 7 Paramount $140M $390M
Robin Hood May 14 Universal $42M $125M
Letters to Juliet May 14 Summit $14M $38M
Shrek Forever After May 21 Paramount/DreamWorks Animation $125M $340M
MacGruber May 21 Universal $19M $50M
Sex and the City 2 May 27 Warner Bros./New Line $60M* $150M
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28 Disney $52M* $140M

 

*= four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jake Gyllenhaal, adaptation, video game, box office, box office predictions, Mike Newell, Weekly Anticipation Index

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