Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Daybreakers,' 'Leap Year' and 'Youth in Revolt'
Featured Stories - on November 07, 2009 by Phil Contrino
Lionsgate's Daybreakers will continue the recent trend of vampire-themed films this January.
This week, we've added Daybreakers, Leap Year and Youth in Revolt to the Anticipation Index. All three films will be released wide on January 8, 2010.
Lionsgate will try to capitalize on the recent vampire craze with Daybreakers. While stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill are far from sure things at the box office, they have all gained at least some trust from mainstream audiences in past projects. Unfortunately for Daybreakers, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant recently proved that vampire films are not necessarily guaranteed to be successful.
Leap Year will represent a real test for star Amy Adams. After appearing in the wildly successful Julie & Julia earlier this year her profile has risen considerably. The film could turn into a sleeper hit if mainstream audiences begin to consider Adams as one of the most reliable leading ladies working today.
Youth in Revolt will also represent a test for Michael Cera considering that he's being used the most to market the film. Revolt should have a strong appeal among male audiences who aren't enticed by Daybreakers.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, November 7, 2009|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon||November 20||Summit||$100M||$255M|
|Planet 51||November 20||Sony||$17M||$55M|
|The Blind Side||November 20||Warner Bros.||$13M||$43M|
|Old Dogs||November 25||Disney||$24M||$85M|
|Fantastic Mr. Fox||November 25||Fox||$20M||$65M|
|The Road||November 25||The Weinstein Company||$12M||$35M|
|Ninja Assassin||November 25||Warner Bros.||$12M||$32M|
|Everybody's Fine||December 4||Miramax||$13M||$43M|
|Armored||December 4||Screen Gems||$11M||$30M|
|The Princess and the Frog||December 11||Disney||$23M||$115M|
|Invictus||December 11||Warner Bros.||$17M||$75M|
|Avatar||December 18||20th Century Fox||$65M||$195M|
|Did You Hear About the Morgans?||December 18||Sony/Columbia||$21M||$90M|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakqual||December 25||Fox||$50M||$225M|
|Sherlock Holmes||December 25||Warner Bros.||$31M||$120M|
|It's Complicated||December 25||Universal||$20M||$90M|
|Nine||December 25 (wide)||The Weinstein Company||$12M||$65M|
|Up in the Air||December 25 (wide)||Paramount||$10M||$65M|
|Leap Year||January 8||Universal||$12M||$38M|
|Youth in Revolt||January 8||The Weinstein Company||$10M||$28M|
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.