Long Range Forecast: 'Final Destination 5,' 'Glee Live! 3D!,' '30 Minutes or Less' and 'The Help'
Featured Stories - on June 18, 2011 by Phil Contrino
We've added Final Destination 5, Glee! The 3D Concert Movie, 30 Minutes or Less and The Help to our Long Range Forecast this week. All four films are set to open on August 12.
Audiences can't seem to get enough of the Final Destination franchise. 2009's The Final Destination breathed new life into the property with a $27.4 million opening weekend and a $66.5 million domestic haul. Moviegoers know exactly what to expect from the series, which means that the latest installment represents a safe, easy choice. Expect Final Destination 5 to come reasonably close to matching it predecessor.
Glee Live! 3D! will try to capitalize on the immense popularity of the Fox show. The big question mark is whether or not the 3D angle will entice people to leave their homes and pay for a show they normally get for free. If that's not an issue, the this one could become something of a break-out hit.
30 Minutes or Less features three recognizable stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari. Unfortunately, none of them can be called reliable draws. This comedy will need to rely on word-of-mouth after the opening weekend in order to succeed.
The Help marks a new direction for star Emma Stone—most actresses wait until a little later in their careers to take on socially-conscious material. The gamble might pay off in a big way if critics get behind the film and women of all ages decide to take a chance on it.
Check out our predictions for these films and others in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Glee Live! 3D!
||Aug 12, 2011||Fox
|Final Destination 5||Aug 12, 2011||Warner Bros. / New Line
|The Help||Aug 12, 2011||DreamWorks
|30 Minutes or Less||Aug 12, 2011||Sony / Columbia
|The Change-Up||Aug 5, 2011||Universal
|Rise of the Planet of the Apes||Aug 5, 2011||Fox
|Crazy, Stupid, Love||Jul 29, 2011||Warner Bros.
|Cowboys & Aliens||Jul 29, 2011||Universal
|The Smurfs||Jul 29, 2011||Sony / Columbia
|Captain America: The First Avenger||Jul 22, 2011||Paramount
|Friends With Benefits||Jul 22, 2011||Sony / Screen Gems
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II||Jul 15, 2011||Warner Bros.
|Winnie the Pooh||Jul 15, 2011||Disney
|Horrible Bosses||Jul 8, 2011||Warner Bros. / New Line
|Zookeeper||Jul 8, 2011||Sony / Columbia
|Larry Crowne||Jul 1, 2011||Universal
|Monte Carlo||Jul 1, 2011||Fox
|Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Jun 29, 2011||Paramount / DreamWorks
|Bad Teacher||Jun 24, 2011||Sony / Columbia
|Cars 2||Jun 24, 2011||Disney
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.