Long Range Forecast: 'New Year's Eve' and 'The Sitter'

Featured Stories - on October 15, 2011 by Phil Contrino

101411forecast.pngWe've added New Year's Eve and The Sitter to our Long Range Forecast this week. Both films are scheduled to open on December 9.

Director Garry Marshall discovered a can't-miss concept with 2010's Valentine's Day: gather a bunch of movie stars and release an ensemble comedy named after a holiday. Marshall is hoping to repeat that with New Year's Eve, a new flick that boasts much of the same cast as Valentine's Day. A successful theatrical gross is likely, even though the film's release date means it will start relatively slow before picking up more steam closer to the its namesake holiday.

The Sitter will have to rely solely on Jonah Hill's drawing power, and that's not a strong enough asset. Hill can steal scenes like a pro in supporting or co-starring roles, but he's yet to prove himself as a star on his own terms. Based on early online reactions, its quite clear that The Sitter is not going to be the film that turns him into a reliable leading man.

Check out our predictions for these films and others in the table below.

 

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Sitter Dec 9, 2011 Fox
$12,000,000 $40,000,000
New Year's Eve Dec 9, 2011 Warner Bros. / New Line
$16,000,000 $75,000,000
Hugo Nov 23, 2011 Paramount
$16,000,000 $50,000,000
The Muppets Nov 23, 2011 Disney
$36,000,000 $130,000,000
Arthur Christmas Nov 23, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$12,000,000 $52,000,000
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Nov 18, 2011 Summit
$155,000,000 $300,000,000
Happy Feet Two Nov 18, 2011 Warner Bros.
$37,000,000 $165,000,000
Jack and Jill Nov 11, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$21,000,000 $70,000,000
Immortals Nov 11, 2011 Relativity Media
$21,000,000 $58,000,000
J. Edgar Nov 9, 2011 Warner Bros.
$12,000,000 $60,000,000
Tower Heist Nov 4, 2011 Universal
$35,000,000 $115,000,000
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Nov 4, 2011 Warner Bros. / New Line
$11,000,000 $30,000,000
Puss in Boots (2011) Oct 28, 2011 Paramount / DreamWorks
$40,000,000 $140,000,000
The Rum Diary Oct 28, 2011 FilmDistrict
$9,000,000 $25,000,000
Anonymous Oct 28, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$8,000,000 $23,000,000
Paranormal Activity 3 Oct 21, 2011 Paramount
$35,000,000 $75,000,000
The Three Musketeers (2011) Oct 21, 2011 Summit
$11,000,000 $32,000,000
Johnny English Reborn Oct 21, 2011 Universal
$7,000,000 $20,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: New Year's Eve, The Sitter

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