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
2012 November 13 Sony $62M $155M
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
Brothers December 4 Lionsgate $10M $28M
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
Daybreakers January 8 Lionsgate. $14M $36M
Leap Year January 8 Universal $12M $38M
Youth in Revolt January 8 The Weinstein Company $10M $28M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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