Weekly Anticipation Index: 'G-Force' and 'The Ugly Truth'

Featured Stories - on May 30, 2009 by Phil Contrino

G-Force and The Ugly Truth face the daunting task of opening the weekend after Harry Potter 6 arrives.


While Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is still busy cleaning up at the box office, G-Force and The Ugly Truth will both try to carve out a niche for themselves.

G-Force is going to be Disney's second 3D release of the summer. Now that UP is well on its way to becoming a huge success, a strong performance from G-Force will bolster the Mouse House's summer returns. However, unlike UP, G-Force will appeal mostly to younger audiences. A story about guinea pigs who work as secret agents probably won't carry the same emotional weight that UP does.

Also, if Half-Blood Prince turns out to be a great film, younger audiences may want to take in multiple screenings instead of catching G-Force.

The Ugly Truth is going to represent a big film for both Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. Both thesps are on their way up, and a strong box office hit this summer could lead to bigger paychecks.

Heigl broke out in a big way thanks to 2007's Knocked Up, which was a $149 million domestic hit. The success of that film helped the actress carry 27 Dresses to a solid domestic haul of $77 million. If Truth is hit, then she'll be seen as a very bankable leading actress.

Since grabbing attention in 2007 with his performance in 300, Butler has had mixed success. P.S. I Love You, which co-starred Hilary Swank, was able to gross a respectable $53.7 million, yet RocknRolla finished with only $5.7 million domestically. Truth could turn Butler into a viable leading man in romantic comedies, which would come in handy if his attempts to become an action star don't pan out.

Check out our predictions for G-Force and Truth in the table below.

Weekly Anticipation Index, May 30, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Land of the Lost June 5 Universal $35M $100M
The Hangover June 5 Warner Bros. $27M $110M
Imagine That June 12 Paramount $20M $62M
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 June 12 Sony $27M $85M
The Proposal June 19 Disney $24M $90M
Year One June 19 Sony/ Columbia $31M $82M
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen June 24 DreamWorks/ Paramount $95M $350M
My Sister's Keeper June 26 Warner Bros./ New Line $14M $45M
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1 Fox $60M $220M
Public Enemies July 1 Universal $35M $130M
Bruno July 10 Universal $45M $120M
I Love You, Beth Cooper July 10 Fox Atomic $14M $40M
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince July 15 Warner Bros. $85M $310M
G-Force July 24 Disney $33M $118M
The Ugly Truth July 24 Sony/Columbia $25M $80M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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