Long Range Forecast: 'Takers,' 'Piranha 3D,' 'The Switch,' 'Nanny McPhee Returns,' 'Lottery Ticket' and 'Vampires Suck'

Featured Stories - on June 19, 2010 by Phil Contrino

The third weekend of August is going to be quite crowded

forecast61910.pngThis week, we've added six new films to our Long Range Forecast. Takers is set to open on August 27. Piranha 3D, The Switch, Nanny McPhee ReturnsLottery Ticket and Vampires Suck are all set to open on August 20. Vampires Suck will open on August 18.

With such a rush of new releases, it's hard to imagine that any one film will be able to break out from the pack. Plus, they all will have to compete with holdovers such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Eat Pray Love and The Expendables, which appear to be headed for solid openings.

Piranha 3D looks like campy 3D fun, and it could bring in a fraction of the audience that went to see Final Destination 3D last August.

Swith star Jennifer Aniston is far from a sure thing at the box office, and co-star Jason Bateman doesn't provide the support she usually needs from a reliable leading man.

Nanny McPhee Returns is already a solid international success, but it can expect only modest returns in the states. The property is simply not a big domestic draw.

Takers and Lottery Ticket both have famous rappers in their casts: T.I. and Chris Brown headline Takers and Ice Cube and Bow Wow star in Lottery Ticket. Lottery Ticket will skew younger, while Takers will be a nice option for moviegoers who like gritty heist flicks.

Vampires Suck could benefit from a bit of Twilight fatigue, but its prospects are limited since the spoof genre is running on fumes these days.

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


Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Takers Aug 27, 2010 Screen Gems
$10,000,000 $22,000,000
Lottery Ticket Aug 20, 2010 Warner Bros.
$9,000,000 $23,000,000
The Switch (2010) Aug 20, 2010 Miramax
$12,000,000 $36,000,000
Nanny McPhee Returns Aug 20, 2010 Universal
$11,000,000 $35,000,000
Piranha 3D Aug 20, 2010 The Weinstein Company
$13,000,000 $28,000,000
Vampires Suck Aug 18, 2010 20th Century Fox
$5,000,000 $15,000,000
Eat Pray Love Aug 13, 2010 Sony
$23,000,000 $85,000,000
The Expendables Aug 13, 2010 Lionsgate
$19,000,000 $47,000,000
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Aug 13, 2010 Universal
$21,000,000 $50,000,000
Step Up 3D Aug 6, 2010 Disney
$22,000,000 $55,000,000
Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore Jul 30, 2010 Warner Bros.
$23,000,000 $80,000,000
Dinner for Schmucks Jul 30, 2010 Paramount (DreamWorks)
$22,000,000 $65,000,000
Ramona and Beezus Jul 23, 2010 Fox
$11,000,000 $30,000,000
Salt Jul 23, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$40,000,000 $110,000,000
Inception Jul 16, 2010 Warner Bros.
$67,000,000 $220,000,000
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Jul 14, 2010 Disney
$25,000,000 $95,000,000
Predators Jul 9, 2010 Fox
$20,000,000 $43,000,000
Despicable Me Jul 9, 2010 Universal
$28,000,000 $100,000,000
The Last Airbender Jul 1, 2010 Paramount
$45,000,000 $150,000,000
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jun 30, 2010 Summit
$95,000,000 $325,000,000
Grown Ups Jun 25, 2010 Sony
$30,000,000 $90,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.


Tags: Takers, Lottery Ticket, The Switch, Nanny McPhee Returns, Piranha 3D, Vampires Suck, Eat Pray Love, The Expendables, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Step Up 3D, Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore, Dinner for Schmucks, Ramona and Beezus, Salt, Inception, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Predators, Despicable Me, The Last Airbender, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Grown Ups