Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Saw VI,' 'Amelia,' 'Astro Boy' and 'Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant'
Featured Stories - on August 29, 2009 by Phil Contrino
Saw VI and Amelia are two of the biggest films that will be landing in theaters this October.
This week, we've added four new films to our Anticipation Index. Saw VI, Amelia, Astro Boy and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant all open during the fourth weekend of October.
The Saw franchise is now very much a Halloween tradition for moviegoers. While the cumulative grosses have been waning with each film, the opening weekends are consistently strong. Saw V grabbed $30 million during its opening frame before finishing with $56.7 million domestically. Saw III is still the most successful film of the series with a $33 million opening and a $80.2 million domestic cume. Even though the latest installment will probably fit into the downward trend, it should post very respectable numbers.
Amelia, which stars Hilary Swank as the famous lost aviator Amelia Earhart, is one of the first major prestige pics of the fall. Keeping that mind, adult audiences looking to keep up with all the Oscar buzz will definitely show up.
Astro Boy and Cirque du Freak will have to battle for the attention of family audiences.
Check out our predictions for these films as well as others in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, August 29, 2009|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|All About Steve||September 4||Fox 2000||$22M||$65M|
|Sorority Row||September 11||Summit||$15M||$35M|
|Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself||September 11||Lionsgate||$36M||$78M|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||September 18||Sony/Columbia||$18M||$60M|
|Love Happens||September 18||Focus||$16M||$48M|
|Jennifer's Body||September 18||Fox Atomic||$22M||$53M|
|The Informant!||September 18||Warner Bros.||$11M||$37M|
|Couples Retreat||October 9||Universal||$26M||$80M|
|Where the Wild Things Are||October 16||Warner Bros.||$25M||$75M|
|Law Abiding Citizen||October 16||Overture||$15M||$43M|
|The Road||October 16||The Weinstein Company||$14M||$40M|
|Saw VI||October 23||Lionsgate||$29M||$55M|
|Amelia||October 23||Fox Searchlight||$14M||$50M|
|Astro Boy||October 23||Summit||$15M||$48M|
|Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant||October 23||Universal||$12M||$36M|
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.