BOXOFFICE Forecast: 'Despicable Me' and 'Predators'

Featured Stories - on May 08, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Despicable Me and Predators will try to do some damage this July.


Final Forecast Predictions: Robin Hood $40 million opening weekend/$120 million cume; Letters to Juliet $16 million opening weekend/$42 million cume. 

This week, we've added Despicable Me and Predators to the BOXOFFICE Forecast. Both films are set to open on July 9.

Universal enters the world of 3D animation with the help of all-star voice cast anchored by Steve Carell. Carell is coming off of the success of Date Night, a comedy that struck a chord with adult moviegoers. That means parents won't moan and groan as much when their kids bug them to go see Despicable Me. Unfortunately for Universal, this effort has little chance of beating such established properties as Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After in terms of worldwide, or even domestic, box office grosses.

Action enthusiasts and fans of the Predator franchise will help provide a modest opening for the latest in a long string of reboots. The main factor that may keep Predators from making some serious bank is the fact that it doesn't boast any real blockbuster stars. Adrien Brody, Topher Grace and Alice Braga are fine character actors, but they won't even come close to providing a built-in audience.

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


Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Toy Story 3 Jun 18, 2010 Disney
$120,000,000 $390,000,000
Shrek Forever After May 21, 2010 Paramount (DreamWorks)
$115,000,000 $340,000,000
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jun 30, 2010 Summit
$95,000,000 $340,000,000
Sex and the City 2 May 27, 2010 Warner Bros. (New Line)
$65,000,000 $160,000,000
The A-Team Jun 11, 2010 Fox
$55,000,000 $155,000,000
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010 Disney
$55,000,000 $145,000,000
The Last Airbender Jul 2, 2010 Paramount
$50,000,000 $140,000,000
Knight and Day Jun 25, 2010 Fox
$37,000,000 $115,000,000
Grown Ups Jun 25, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$35,000,000 $110,000,000
Despicable Me Jul 9, 2010 Universal
$35,000,000 $120,000,000
The Karate Kid (2010) Jun 11, 2010 Columbia Pictures
$32,000,000 $105,000,000
Marmaduke Jun 4, 2010 Fox
$30,000,000 $100,000,000
Predators Jul 9, 2010 Fox
$24,000,000 $50,000,000
Get Him to the Greek Jun 11, 2010 Universal
$22,000,000 $62,000,000
Jonah Hex Jun 18, 2010 Warner Bros.
$20,000,000 $48,000,000
Killers Jun 4, 2010 Lionsgate
$20,000,000 $55,000,000
MacGruber May 21, 2010 Universal
$18,000,000 $48,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Sex and the City 2, The A-Team, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Last Airbender, Knight and Day, Grown Ups, Despicable Me, The Karate Kid (2010), Marmaduke, Predators, Get Him to the Greek, Jonah Hex, MacGruber, Killers


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