Long Range Forecast: 'Inception' and 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

Featured Stories - on May 15, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Inception and The Sorcerer's Apprentice will try to do some damage at the box office this July.

forecast51510.pngThis week, we've added Inception and The Sorcerer's Apprentice to the BOXOFFICE Forecast. Both films are set to hit theaters on July 16.

After the huge success of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan has taken on a passion project that appears to be a real mind-bender. Warner Bros. gave the director carte blanche, and based on the incredibly effective trailers for Inception it doesn't look like he's wasted that privilege.

The main question is whether or not audiences who are used to being spoon fed plot details in trailers will be enticed by a marketing campaign that reveals very little.

Leonardo DiCaprio will bring a solid following with him, and Warner Bros. is understandably pushing the "from the director of The Dark Knight" tagline pretty hard. It'll be interesting to see how this one performs.

Star Jay Baruchel seems to be everywhere this year. He's starred in raunchy comedies (She's Out of My League) and animated flicks for the family (How to Train Your Dragon) and now he'll try to help open a film during the summer. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he'll be aided by Nicolas Cage and Jerry Bruckheimer. Disney is obviously hoping that Sorcerer's Apprentice will post National Treasure-style numbers, but the film looks to be slightly dark and brooding. It doesn't have that fun, adventurous air to it that helped National Treasure and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets reach such a large audience.

Check out our predictions for Inception and The Sorcerer's Apprentice as well as other films in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Toy Story 3 Jun 18, 2010 Disney
$120,000,000 $390,000,000
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jun 30, 2010 Summit
$95,000,000 $340,000,000
Inception Jul 16, 2010 Warner Bros.
$67,000,000 $220,000,000
The A-Team Jun 11, 2010 Fox
$58,000,000 $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
$52,000,000 $145,000,000
Knight and Day Jun 25, 2010 Fox
$37,000,000 $115,000,000
Despicable Me Jul 9, 2010 Universal
$35,000,000 $120,000,000
Grown Ups Jun 25, 2010 Sony / Columbia
$35,000,000 $110,000,000
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
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Jul 16, 2010 Disney
$30,000,000 $90,000,000
Predators Jul 9, 2010 Fox
$24,000,000 $50,000,000
Get Him to the Greek Jun 4, 2010 Universal
$22,000,000 $62,000,000
Killers Jun 4, 2010 Lionsgate
$20,000,000 $55,000,000
Jonah Hex Jun 18, 2010 Warner Bros.
$18,000,000 $45,000,000
Splice Jun 4, 2010 Warner Bros
$10,000,000 $25,000,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Toy Story 3, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Inception, The A-Team, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Last Airbender, Knight and Day, Despicable Me, Grown Ups, The Karate Kid (2010), Marmaduke, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Predators, Get Him to the Greek, Killers, Jonah Hex, Splice


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