Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Edge of Darkness' and 'When in Rome'

Featured Stories - on November 28, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Mel Gibson returns to the world of acting this January in director Martin Campbell's Edge of Darkness.


This week, we've added two new films to the Anticipation Index. Edge of Darkness and When in Rome both open on January 29, 2010.

There is bound to be a lot of press surrounding the fact that Edge of Darkness marks Mel Gibson's first starring role since 2002's Signs, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide. Yet Gibson's public image is seriously tarnished thanks to a DUI arrest, anti-Semitic remarks and a very public divorce. Luckily, mainstream audiences can be very forgiving. Just look at how well Robert Downey Jr. has rebounded after years of drug and alcohol abuse. Perhaps enough time has passed and Gibson can return to at least some of his former box office glory with this latest project. It will also help that Darkness is in the same vein as recent revenge flicks such Taken and Law Abiding Citizen. Both of those films were huge commercial successes.

When in Rome will mark a major test for star Kristen Bell. The young actress has had supporting roles in hits such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Couples Retreat, and now she's at the center of a marketing campaign for a Disney film. It will definitely help that Bell is backed up by a strong supporting cast that includes Will Arnett, Dax Shepard, Josh Duhamel and Anjelica Huston.

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

Weekly Anticipation Index, November 28, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Everybody's Fine December 4 Miramax $13M $43M
Armored December 4 Screen Gems $10M $27M
Brothers December 4 Lionsgate $11M $35M
The Princess and the Frog December 11 (wide) Disney $24M $120M
Invictus December 11 Warner Bros. $17M $75M
Avatar December 18 20th Century Fox $62M $185M
Did You Hear About the Morgans? December 18 Sony/Columbia $21M $90M
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel December 23 Fox $46M $230M
Sherlock Holmes December 25 Warner Bros. $33M $125M
It's Complicated December 25 Universal $22M $95M
Nine December 25 (wide) The Weinstein Company $11M $60M
Up in the Air December 25 (wide) Paramount $11M $70M
Daybreakers January 8 Lionsgate $14M $36M
Leap Year January 8 Universal $12M $38M
Youth in Revolt January 8 The Weinstein Company $10M $28M
The Book of Eli January 15 Warner Bros. $33M* $80M
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil January 15 The Weinstein Company $17M* $50M
The Lovely Bones January 15 (wide) Paramount $18M* $75M
The Spy Next Door January 15 Lionsgate $12M* $32M
The Tooth Fairy January 22 20th Century Fox $20M $65M
Legion January 22 Screen Gems $14M $37M
Extraordinary Measures January 22 CBS Films $13M $40M
Edge of Darkness January 29 Warner Bros. $21M $65M
When in Rome January 29 Disney $14M $42M

*= four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

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