Long Range Forecast: 'Robocop', 'About Last Night', 'Endless Love', 'Vampire Academy', & 'Winter's Tale'

Featured Stories - on December 20, 2013 by BoxOffice Staff

feb16.pngOur Long Range Forecast has been updated this week to include five new wide releases set to debut over the four-day Valentine's Day weekend.

Robocop

PROS:

- The built-in audience from the original series.
- The latest trailer has generated some positive response from the online crowd.
- Will get a jump start on the extended weekend with its Wednesday opening. 

CONS:

- A very crowded slate of new releases.
- Reactions from hard-core fans of the original films aren't overwhelmingly encouraging.

About Last Night

PROS:

- The original film was regarded as a date night hit back in 1986.
- Kevin Hart's popularity continues to surge.
- It's going after the same key African-American demos that turned another recent remake--Death at a Funeral--into a solid hit. 

CONS:

- A very crowded slate of new releases.
- Will audiences be interested in a remake?
- Opening close to Valentine's Day could result in front-loading.

Endless Love

PROS:

- Romantic flicks generally do solid business around Valentine's Day.
- Alex Pettyfer could be a noticeable draw among women after his popular turn in Magic Mike.

CONS:

- The crowded slate of new releases.
- With no significant box office drawing power, this is likely to be overlooked by most audiences.

- The trailer makes the film look a little too dark and brooding, which means it could lose out on date-night crowds.

Vampire Academy

PROS:

- The comedic twist on the vampire genre could prove successful, ala Warm Bodies.
- Online reactions to the trailer have been encouraging.

CONS:

- The vampire genre has likely passed its peak with the end of the Twilight franchise.
- This flick lacks any star power.

Winter's Tale

PROS:

- Director/co-writer Akiva Goldsman has a history of being attached to box office successes.
- The cast, led by veterans Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, could attract older moviegoers over Valentine's weekend.

CONS:

- Both Farrell nor Crowe have endured their share of duds at the box office.
- Competition from other romantically themed films could hinder this.

Notable changes on our forecast this week include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (down), Grudge Match (down), 47 Ronin (down) and Justin Bieber's Believe (down). 

Check out our forecast for these and other upcoming films in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor First Weekend of Wide Release Cumulative
Winter's Tale Feb 14, 2014 Warner Bros.
$15,000,000** $31,000,000
Endless Love (2014) Feb 14, 2014 Universal
$18,000,000** $36,000,000
About Last Night Feb 14, 2014 Sony / Screen Gems
$28,000,000** $61,000,000
Vampire Academy Feb 14, 2014 Weinstein Company
$13,000,000** $25,000,000
Robocop (2014) Feb 12, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$23,000,000* $53,000,000
That Awkward Moment Jan 31, 2014 Focus / FilmDistrict
$10,000,000 $25,000,000
I, Frankenstein Jan 24, 2014 Lionsgate
$21,000,000 $52,000,000
Ride Along Jan 17, 2014 Universal
$31,000,000** $73,000,000
The Nut Job Jan 17, 2014 Open Road
$12,000,000** $38,000,000
Devil's Due Jan 17, 2014 Fox
$8,000,000** $17,000,000
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Jan 17, 2014 Paramount
$26,000,000** $70,000,000
The Legend Of Hercules Jan 10, 2014 Lionsgate / Summit
$6,000,000 $14,000,000
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Jan 3, 2014 Paramount
$18,000,000 $31,000,000
Labor Day (2013) Dec 27, 2013 Paramount
$7,000,000 $23,000,000

Lone Survivor: $26 million/$74 million
Her: $8 million/$32 million

* = 3-day weekend (Fri-Sun)

** = 4-day weekend (Fri-Mon)

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: Winter's Tale, Vampire Academy, About Last Night, Robocop, Endless Love

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