Long Range Forecast: 'Limitless,' 'Paul' and 'The Lincoln Lawyer'

Featured Stories - on January 22, 2011 by Phil Contrino

limitlessforecast.pngThis week, we've added three new films to our Long Range Forecast. Limitless, Paul and The Lincoln Lawyer are all set to open on March 18.

Bradley Cooper will try to hold his own against Robert De Niro in Limitless. Cooper has a lot of promise as a leading man, but he's been floundering a bit since The Hangover. The A-Team was one of last summer's biggest duds, and Case 39 was pretty much dumped by Paramount. Limitless could turn that around a little bit, but blockbuster numbers are tough to come by in March for a film that's not aimed at families.

Paul will bring with it a cult-following thanks to stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Unfortunately, it will also skew heavily male and its "fan boy" appeal will make it front-loaded at the box office.

Matthew McConaughey steps out of his rom-com comfort zone with The Lincoln Lawyer. His loyal fans will follow, but the fact that The Lincoln Lawyer isn't exactly going to be a date night option like McConaughey's other recent films will hurt it. 

Check out predictions for these films as well as others in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Lincoln Lawyer Mar 18, 2011 Lionsgate
$7,000,000 $23,000,000
Limitless Mar 18, 2011 Relativity
$14,000,000 $44,000,000
Paul Mar 18, 2011 Universal
$12,000,000 $32,000,000
Battle: Los Angeles Mar 11, 2011 Columbia
$37,000,000 $100,000,000
Red Riding Hood Mar 11, 2011 Warner Bros.
$22,000,000 $62,000,000
Mars Needs Moms Mar 11, 2011 Disney
$17,000,000 $60,000,000
Beastly Mar 4, 2011 CBS Films
$8,000,000 $20,000,000
Rango Mar 4, 2011 Paramount
$35,000,000 $115,000,000
The Adjustment Bureau Mar 4, 2011 Universal
$12,000,000 $30,000,000
Drive Angry Feb 25, 2011 Summit
$11,000,000 $27,000,000
Hall Pass Feb 25, 2011 Warner Bros.
$14,000,000 $40,000,000
Unknown (2011) Feb 18, 2011 Paramount
$19,000,000 $49,000,000
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Feb 18, 2011 20th Century Fox
$25,000,000 $52,000,000
The Eagle Feb 11, 2011 Focus
$8,000,000 $25,000,000
Gnomeo and Juliet Feb 11, 2011 Miramax
$9,000,000 $38,000,000
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Feb 11, 2011 Paramount
$43,000,000 $88,000,000
Just Go With It Feb 11, 2011 Columbia
$37,000,000 $140,000,000
Sanctum Feb 4, 2011 Universal
$9,000,000 $27,000,000
The Roommate Feb 4, 2011 Screen Gems
$16,000,000 $37,000,000
The Rite Jan 28, 2011 New Line
$12,000,000 $27,000,000
The Mechanic Jan 28, 2011 CBS Films
$9,000,000 $23,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: The Lincoln Lawyer, Limitless, Paul

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