Long Range Forecast: 'Eat Pray Love,' 'The Expendables' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World'
Featured Stories - on June 12, 2010 by Phil Contrino
Three radically different films will try to prove that August is not a dumping ground
This weekend, we've added Eat Pray Love, The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World to our Long Range Forecast. All three films are set to hit theaters on August 13.
After stumbling recently with Duplicity, Julia Roberts looks to have a hit on her hands with Eat Pray Love. Based on a wildly popular novel, the film should bring in the same type of audience that went for Julie & Julia last August.
The rush of ‘80s nostalgia continues with The Expendables, a film that obviously owes a lot to the type of action extravaganza that was so popular during that decade. Sylvester Stallone has assembled a cast that is every action fan's dream come true from Jason Statham and Jet Li to Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren. Stallone has used his Rocky and Rambo properties to really invigorate his career, and now he may help give birth to a new franchise. Expect this one to be a big, fun, brainless action extravaganza.
Scott Pilgrim already has a loyal following thanks to its source material. The real test for the Michael Cera vehicle will be whether or not it can reach an audience beyond the "fanboy" demographic. If the romance angle appeals to females audiences, then Universal could have a break-out hit on their hands.
Check out our predictions for these films and 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 Last Airbender||Jul 1, 2010||Paramount
|Salt||Jul 23, 2010||Sony / Columbia
|Despicable Me||Jul 9, 2010||Universal
|Grown Ups||Jun 25, 2010||Sony
|The Other Guys||Aug 6, 2010||Sony / Columbia
|Knight and Day||Jun 23, 2010||Fox
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Jul 14, 2010||Disney
|Dinner for Schmucks||Jul 30, 2010||Paramount (DreamWorks)
|Predators||Jul 9, 2010||Fox
|Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore||Jul 30, 2010||Warner Bros.
|Eat Pray Love||Aug 13, 2010||Sony
|Step Up 3D||Aug 6, 2010||Disney
|Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Aug 13, 2010||Universal
|The Expendables||Aug 13, 2010||Lionsgate
|Jonah Hex||Jun 18, 2010||Warner Bros.
|Ramona and Beezus||Jul 23, 2010||Fox
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.