Weekly Anticipation Index: 'How to Train Your Dragon' and 'Clash of the Titans'
Featured Stories - on January 23, 2010 by Phil Contrino
How to Train Your Dragon and Clash of the Titans should do some serious damage this Spring.
UPDATED: It now looks as though Clash of the Titans will be released in 3D on April 2. An official announcement is expected soon.
This week, we've added How To Train Your Dragon and Clash of the Titans to our Anticipation Index. Both films are set to hit theaters on March 26.
Clash of the Titans certainly has the potential to post Summer numbers two months before Iron Man 2 kicks off what is bound to be a lucrative season. The star-studded cast of Titans is led by Sam Worthington, whose stock has risen considerably since the release of Avatar.
The trailer for Titans successfully displays the film's action scenes as well as its breathtaking special effects. It's also worth noting that Warner Bros. may still be sending Titans out in 3D. If that happens, then the film's financial prospects will look much stronger.
How to Train Your Dragon also shows a lot of promise. Last year, DreamWorks Animation released Monsters vs. Aliens on essentially the same day, and it eventually went on to rake in more than $370 million worldwide. Dragon doesn't boast the kind of impressive ensemble that M vs. A did, and that will limit its prospects slightly.
Check out our predictions for Clash of the Titans and How to Train Your Dragon as well as other films in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, January 23, 2010|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Edge of Darkness||January 29||Warner Bros.||$24M||$75M|
|When in Rome||January 29||Disney||$14M||$42M|
|Dear John||February 5||Screen Gems||$19M||$65M|
|From Paris with Love||February 5||Lionsgate||$14M||$43M|
|Valentine's Day||February 12||New Line||$39M*||$105M|
|The Wolfman||February 12||Universal||$25M*||$60M|
|Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief||February 12||Fox 2000||$23M*||$65M|
|Shutter Island||February 19||Paramount||$26M||$80M|
|Cop Out||February 26||Warner Bros.||$17M||$50M|
|Alice in Wonderland||March 5||Disney||$73M||$215M|
|Green Zone||March 12||Universal||$27M||$75M|
|Remember Me||March 12||Summit||$15M||$35M|
|The Bounty Hunter||March 19||Sony/Columbia||$25M||$73M|
|Season of the Witch||March 19||Lionsgate||$13M||$33M|
|Hot Tub Time Machine||March 19||MGM||$12M||$35M|
|Clash of the Titans||March 26||Warner Bros.||$60M||$160M|
|How to Train Your Dragon||March 26||DreamWorks Animation||$45M||$145M|
*= four-day weekend
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.