Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Kick-Ass'
Featured Stories - on February 13, 2010 by Phil Contrino
Lionsgate's Kick-Ass is going to deliver an unconventional take on the superhero genre this coming April.
This week, we've added Kick-Ass and Death at a Funeral to our Anticipation Index. Both films are set to hit theaters on April 16.
Kick-Ass has "sleeper hit" written all over it. The film's trailer is funny and inventive, and early word of mouth is quite positive. The fact that its source comic was created by Mark Millar, the same man responsible for Wanted, is also a good sign. Wanted grossed nearly $340 million worldwide for Universal, and a sequel is in the works. While Kick-Ass is probably too quirky to post that kind of haul, it should become a mid-level hit this spring.
The teaming of Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence is the best asset that Death at a Funeral has going for it. While the two actors don't boast the same level of drawing power they once did, they should be able to do some damage together. Look for the Sony/Screens Gems release to tally some respectable grosses.
Check out our predictions for Kick-Ass and Death at a Funeral as well as other films in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, February 13, 2010|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Shutter Island||February 19||Paramount||$29M||$90M|
|Cop Out||February 26||Warner Bros.||$17M||$45M|
|The Crazies||February 26||Overture||$10M||$25M|
|Alice in Wonderland||March 5||Disney||$73M||$210M|
|Green Zone||March 12||Universal||$27M||$75M|
|Remember Me||March 12||Summit||$15M||$35M|
|The Bounty Hunter||March 19||Sony/Columbia||$25M||$73M|
|Diary of Wimpy Kid||March 19||20th Century Fox||$12M||$40M|
|Repo Men||March 19||Universal||$9M||$23M|
|Hot Tub Time Machine||March 26||MGM||$12M||$35M|
|How to Train Your Dragon||March 26||DreamWorks Animation||$50M||$155M|
|The Last Song||March 31||Disney||$15M||$45M|
|Clash of the Titans||April 2||Warner Bros.||$65M||$175M|
|Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?||April 2||Lionsgate||$22M||$50M|
|Date Night||April 9||20th Century Fox||$37M||$120M|
|Death at a Funeral||April 16||Sony/Screen Gems||$18M||$50M|
*= four-day weekend
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.