Long Range Forecast: 'Gangster Squad' & 'The Words'
Featured Stories - on July 13, 2012 by BOXOFFICE Staff
This week, we've added two new releases to our Long Range Forecast. Gangster Squad and The Words are both currently set to release on Friday, September 7.
- A strong cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone.
- Moviegoers seem to be excited about the trailer, at least on the internet.
- The Town found great success two Septembers ago and this seems to cater toward a similar crowd.
- Drive didn't live up to its pre-release internet hype last year, at least in terms of being a break-out.
- Moviegoers may decide to wait for the more familiar choices of Finding Nemo 3D and Resident Evil: Retribution a week later (particularly the latter).
- Bradley Cooper proved to have drawing power with Limitless, although this doesn't feel as mainstream friendly as that film did.
- Zoe Saldana's presence could help some as well. She previously helped Colombiana earn decent numbers.
- Will that many moviegoers want to see a film about plagiarism, regardless of who is in it, or how good it is?
- The trailer focuses heavily on the writing that takes place within the film. Focusing more on the dramatic and thriller aspects of the film instead could be more beneficial.
- As mentioned, moviegoers may pass on this weekend in general as they wait for the following weekend's choices.
Notable changes on our forecast this week: The Dark Knight Rises.
Check out our predictions for these and other films in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|The Words||Sep 7, 2012||Alliance Films
|Gangster Squad||Sep 7, 2012||Warner Bros.
|The Possession||Aug 31, 2012||Lionsgate
|Lawless||Aug 29, 2012||Weinstein Company
|Hit And Run||Aug 24, 2012||Open Road
|Premium Rush||Aug 24, 2012||Sony / Columbia
|The Apparition||Aug 24, 2012||Warner Bros.
|ParaNorman||Aug 17, 2012||Focus
|The Expendables 2||Aug 17, 2012||Lionsgate
|Sparkle (2012)||Aug 17, 2012||Sony / TriStar
|The Odd Life of Timothy Green||Aug 15, 2012||Disney
|The Bourne Legacy||Aug 10, 2012||Universal
|The Campaign||Aug 10, 2012||Warner Bros.
|Hope Springs (2012)||Aug 10, 2012||Sony / Columbia
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days||Aug 3, 2012||Fox
|Total Recall (2012)||Aug 3, 2012||Sony / Columbia
|The Watch||Jul 27, 2012||20th Century Fox
|Step Up Revolution||Jul 27, 2012||Lionsgate / Summit
|The Dark Knight Rises||Jul 20, 2012||Warner Bros.
† = 4-day weekend (Friday through Monday)
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill and Shawn Robbins contributed to this article.