Long Range Forecast: 'Dinner for Schmucks' and 'Ramona and Beezus'
Featured Stories - on May 22, 2010 by Phil Contrino
Salt, Dinner for Schmucks and Ramona and Beezus enter the summer frame this July
This week, we've added Salt, Dinner for Schmucks and Ramona and Beezus to the Long Range Forecast. All three films are set to hit theaters on July 23.
Salt star Angelina Jolie certainly doesn't suffer from a shortage of publicity, and Sony will look to capitalize on her fame to help give this spy thriller a healthy opening. Of course, there's always the risk that moviegoers will feel they see enough of Jolie in the press and ultimately avoid the flick due to that overexposure.
Salt will look to grab the same audience that showed up to watch Jolie kick ass in Wanted. That action flick opened to an impressive $50.9 million in June '08.
Steve Carell is having quite a year. Date Night will reach the $90 million domestic plateau this weekend, and Despicable Me has a lot of potential. As long as audiences don't feel as though they've seen too much of Carell by the time Dinner for Schmucks rolls around, then the Paramount release should end up becoming a solid comedic hit. It obviously doesn't hurt that Jay Roach (the Austin Powers films) is behind the lens. Roach is easily one of the most reliable comedic directors working today.
Ramona and Beezus will represent a nice alternative for younger female viewers, and its performance will determine whether or not young star Selena Gomez has a future in films.
Check out our predictions for those three films as well as others in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Toy Story 3||Jun 18, 2010||Disney
|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Jun 30, 2010||Summit
|Inception||Jul 16, 2010||Warner Bros.
|The A-Team||Jun 11, 2010||Fox
|The Last Airbender||Jul 2, 2010||Paramount
|Salt||Jul 23, 2010||Sony / Columbia
|Knight and Day||Jun 25, 2010||Fox
|Grown Ups||Jun 25, 2010||Sony / Columbia
|Despicable Me||Jul 9, 2010||Universal
|The Karate Kid (2010)||Jun 11, 2010||Columbia Pictures
|Marmaduke||Jun 4, 2010||Fox
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Jul 16, 2010||Disney
|Dinner for Schmucks||Jul 23, 2010||Paramount (DreamWorks)
|Predators||Jul 9, 2010||Fox
|Get Him to the Greek||Jun 4, 2010||Universal
|Killers||Jun 4, 2010||Lionsgate
|Jonah Hex||Jun 18, 2010||Warner Bros.
|Ramona and Beezus||Jul 23, 2010||Fox
|Splice||Jun 4, 2010||Warner Bros
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.