Weekly Anticipation Index: 'G-Force' and 'The Ugly Truth'
Featured Stories - on May 30, 2009 by Phil Contrino
G-Force and The Ugly Truth face the daunting task of opening the weekend after Harry Potter 6 arrives.
While Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is still busy cleaning up at the box office, G-Force and The Ugly Truth will both try to carve out a niche for themselves.
G-Force is going to be Disney's second 3D release of the summer. Now that UP is well on its way to becoming a huge success, a strong performance from G-Force will bolster the Mouse House's summer returns. However, unlike UP, G-Force will appeal mostly to younger audiences. A story about guinea pigs who work as secret agents probably won't carry the same emotional weight that UP does.
Also, if Half-Blood Prince turns out to be a great film, younger audiences may want to take in multiple screenings instead of catching G-Force.
The Ugly Truth is going to represent a big film for both Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. Both thesps are on their way up, and a strong box office hit this summer could lead to bigger paychecks.
Heigl broke out in a big way thanks to 2007's Knocked Up, which was a $149 million domestic hit. The success of that film helped the actress carry 27 Dresses to a solid domestic haul of $77 million. If Truth is hit, then she'll be seen as a very bankable leading actress.
Since grabbing attention in 2007 with his performance in 300, Butler has had mixed success. P.S. I Love You, which co-starred Hilary Swank, was able to gross a respectable $53.7 million, yet RocknRolla finished with only $5.7 million domestically. Truth could turn Butler into a viable leading man in romantic comedies, which would come in handy if his attempts to become an action star don't pan out.
Check out our predictions for G-Force and Truth in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, May 30, 2009|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Land of the Lost||June 5||Universal||$35M||$100M|
|The Hangover||June 5||Warner Bros.||$27M||$110M|
|Imagine That||June 12||Paramount||$20M||$62M|
|The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3||June 12||Sony||$27M||$85M|
|The Proposal||June 19||Disney||$24M||$90M|
|Year One||June 19||Sony/ Columbia||$31M||$82M|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||June 24||DreamWorks/ Paramount||$95M||$350M|
|My Sister's Keeper||June 26||Warner Bros./ New Line||$14M||$45M|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||July 1||Fox||$60M||$220M|
|Public Enemies||July 1||Universal||$35M||$130M|
|I Love You, Beth Cooper||July 10||Fox Atomic||$14M||$40M|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||July 15||Warner Bros.||$85M||$310M|
|The Ugly Truth||July 24||Sony/Columbia||$25M||$80M|
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.