Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Sex and the City 2' and 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'
Featured Stories - on March 27, 2010 by Phil Contrino
Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will square off during Memorial Day Weekend.
This week, we've added Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to our Anticipation Index. SATC 2 hits theaters on May 27, while Prince of Persia lands on May 28.
SATC 2 will serve as the perfect bit of counterprogramming to all the explosions, fight scenes and grandstanding of typical summer blockbusters. The property has a loyal fan base that is bound to have grown since the first film opened to a staggering $56.8 million in May of 2008. Expect the sequel to open to better numbers.
Prince of Persia will try to fall into the success column when it comes to video game adaptations. The genre is certainly more miss than hit, and star Jake Gyllenhaal is not exactly a sure thing at the box office. Yet with similarities to The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean, Prince of Persia is bound to find an audience outside of the core fan base. Whether or not it will lead to a viable franchise is uncertain at this time.
Check out our predictions for Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as well as other films in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, March 27, 2010|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|The Last Song||March 31||Disney||$14M||$40M|
|Clash of the Titans||April 2||Warner Bros.||$70M||$210M|
|Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?||April 2||Lionsgate||$22M||$50M|
|Date Night||April 9||20th Century Fox||$40M||$125M|
|Death at a Funeral||April 16||Sony/Screen Gems||$18M||$50M|
|The Losers||April 23||Warner Bros.||$18M||$40M|
|The Back-up Plan||April 23||CBS Films||$11M||$30M|
|A Nightmare on Elm Street||April 30||Warner Bros./New Line||$39M||$75M|
|Furry Vengeance||April 30||Summit||$9M||$30M|
|Iron Man 2||May 7||Paramount||$140M||$390M|
|Robin Hood||May 14||Universal||$42M||$125M|
|Letters to Juliet||May 14||Summit||$14M||$38M|
|Shrek Forever After||May 21||Paramount/DreamWorks Animation||$125M||$340M|
|Sex and the City 2||May 27||Warner Bros./New Line||$60M*||$150M|
|Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time||May 28||Disney||$52M*||$140M|
*= four-day weekend
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.