BOXOFFICE Forecast: 'The Bounty Hunter'

Featured Stories - on January 18, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler will try to turn The Bounty Hunter into a hit this March.

his week, we've added The Bounty Hunter, Season of the Witch and Hot Tub Time Machine to our Anticipation Index. All three films are set to hit theaters on March 19.

It's obvious that The Bounty Hunter is aiming for the same audience that made Mr. and Mrs. Smith a $430 million worldwide hit in 2005. The film combines key romantic comedy elements with action scenes. If Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler prove that they have a palpable chemistry on screen, then the film could end up being a solid hit. Yet it's worth noting that both stars are not exactly sure things. For every Marley and Me, Aniston seems to have a Love Happens. As for Butler, he wasn't able to carry Gamer on his own.

Speaking of not being a sure thing, Nicolas Cage is the main selling point for Season of the Witch. Cage is capable of delivering at the box office (see the National Treasure films), but he's also capable to making huge duds (The Wicker Man). Unless horror enthusiasts really latch on to Witch, it will probably end up in the dud camp.

With a story focused on male bonding and lots of partying, Hot Tub Time Machine seems to be gunning for at least a fraction of The Hangover's audience. The trailer is full of laughs, and the high-concept premise may entice a healthy crowd. Hot Tub Time Machine could end up being a sleeper hit.

Check out our predictions for The Bounty Hunter, Season of the Witch and Hot Tub Time Machine as well as other films in the table below.

Title Release Date Distribuitor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Alice in Wonderland (2010) Mar 5, 2010
  • Buena Vista
$73,000,000 $215,000,000
Valentine's Day Feb 12, 2010
  • Warner Bros.
$37,000,000 $100,000,000
The Bounty Hunter Mar 19, 2010
  • Sony / Columbia
$25,000,000 $73,000,000
Shutter Island Feb 19, 2010
  • Paramount
$25,000,000 $75,000,000
Green Zone Mar 12, 2010
  • Universal
$25,000,000 $70,000,000
The Wolfman Feb 12, 2010
  • Universal
$25,000,000 $60,000,000
Edge of Darkness Jan 29, 2010
  • Warner Bros.
$22,000,000 $70,000,000
Cop Out Feb 26, 2010
  • Warner Bros.
$17,000,000 $50,000,000
Dear John Feb 5, 2010
  • Sony / Screen Gems
$17,000,000 $60,000,000
Remember Me Feb 12, 2010
  • Summit Entertainment
$15,000,000 $35,000,000



Tags: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Rob Corddry, National Treasure, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Bounty Hunter, Season of the Witch


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