BOXOFFICE Forecast: 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' and 'The Last Airbender'

Featured Stories - on May 03, 2010 by Phil Contrino

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender promise to do some serious damage this summer.

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This week, we've added The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender to our Anticipation Index. Eclipse hits theaters on June 25, while Airbender opens on July 2.

The smart money is on Summit's latest installment in the Twilight series emerging as one of the summer's biggest successes. Just do the math. Twilight opened to $69.6 million in November 2008, and New Moon jumped to a $142.8 million opening in November 2009. The franchise is growing at a rapid rate and it may not peek until its fourth and (probably) final film, which will be released in two parts. Summit is wise to release the film in the summer since its rabid teenage fanbase won't have to worry about school. Expect this one to break records.

Eclipse's official opening weekend tally will be watered down considerably due to the fact that it is opening on a Wednesday. With that said, the film's five-day opening total should clock it around $190 million.

M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from his typically moody thrillers to deliver what could be the beginning of a popular franchise for Paramount. Teenage boys who wouldn't be caught dead in a theater showing Eclipse will be the base for this. While domestic numbers will be healthy thanks to a built-in fan base that comes from the Nickelodeon show, Airbender's international cast will help it perform much better abroad.

Check out our predictions for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender as well as other films in the table below.

 

Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Gross
Cumulative
Toy Story 3 Jun 18, 2010 Disney
$120,000,000 $390,000,000
Shrek Forever After May 21, 2010 Paramount (DreamWorks)
$115,000,000 $340,000,000
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jun 30, 2010 Summit
$95,000,000 $340,000,000
Sex and the City 2 May 27, 2010 Warner Bros. (New Line)
$60,000,000 $150,000,000
The A-Team Jun 11, 2010 Fox
$55,000,000 $155,000,000
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010 Disney
$52,000,000 $140,000,000
The Last Airbender Jul 2, 2010 Paramount
$50,000,000 $140,000,000
Robin Hood May 14, 2010 Universal Pictures
$40,000,000 $120,000,000
Knight and Day Jun 25, 2010 Fox
$37,000,000 $115,000,000
Grown Ups Jun 25, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$35,000,000 $110,000,000
The Karate Kid (2010) Jun 11, 2010 Columbia Pictures
$32,000,000 $105,000,000
Marmaduke Jun 4, 2010 Fox
$30,000,000 $100,000,000
Get Him to the Greek Jun 11, 2010 Universal
$22,000,000 $62,000,000
Jonah Hex Jun 18, 2010 Warner Bros.
$20,000,000 $48,000,000
Killers Jun 4, 2010 Lionsgate
$20,000,000 $55,000,000
MacGruber May 21, 2010 Universal
$19,000,000 $50,000,000
Letters to Juliet May 14, 2010 Summit
$16,000,000 $42,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Letters to Juliet, MacGruber, Killers, Jonah Hex, Get Him to the Greek, Marmaduke, The Karate Kid (2010), Grown Ups, Knight and Day, Robin Hood, The Last Airbender, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team, Sex and the City 2, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3

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