2009 was a huge year for Hollywood, bringing in around $10.6 billion domestically and beating 2008’s box office take by more than 10%. 2010 is already off to an even stronger start than last year, with box office receipts up 23% compared to the first two weeks of ’09. We’re just getting started too, according to some studio executives who feel that 2010 box office receipts are going to beat last year’s impressive totals.
There’s no doubt in the mind of Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman, for example, who said the following about 2010’s potential take versus 2009’s:
“It’s going to beat it. . . You’ve got ‘Avatar’ [alone] in there banging away at $40 million a week.”
Here’s a studio-by-studio preview highlighting the major films we can look forward to seeing in the first half of 2010, courtesy of industry journal The Wrap. Take a look at the upcoming release slate and let us know in the comments which films will be the winners and which will be the clunkers. Which ones are you looking forward to catching in theaters and which are better left to Redbox or Netflix? Judging by the first six months of releases, is 2010 going to be on track to trounce 2009’s earnings?
Edge of Darkness (January 29)
Mel Gibson’s first starring role in nearly a decade is in this father/daughter revenge flick.
Valentine’s Day (February 12)
A Gary Marshall romantic comedy with an enormous ensemble cast. Stars Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Robers and Taylor Lautner.
Cop Out (February 26)
A Kevin Smith buddy comedy with unlikely duo Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.
Clash of the Titans (March 26)
Fresh from his Avatar success, Sam Worthington takes on Greek mythology in this remake of the cult classic.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (April 30)
Jackie Earle Haley dons the Freddie Kruger claws in this horror reboot.
Sex and the City 2 (May 28)
The ladies are back in this sequel to the 2008 film.
The Tooth Fairy (January 22)
The Rock dons tights and wings in this family comedy.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (April 2)
An adaptation of the best-selling teen novel about a wimpy kid.
Date Night (April 9)
NBC’s king and queen of Thursday night comedy, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, team up for this action comedy.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (April 23)
Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gekko, with Shia LaBeouf in the role of fresh-faced trader.
Marmaduke (June 4)
Owen Wilson stars in this comedy based on the long-running comic strip about the titular Great Dane.
The A-Team (June 11)
Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel and Bradley Cooper star in this update of the classic(?) 80s TV show.
Legion (January 22)
Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany star in this gothic horror flick.
Dear John (February 5)
Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried steam up the screen in this wartime romance.
The Bounty Hunter (March 19)
Sparks allegedly flew on and off the screen in this Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston action comedy.
Death at a Funeral (April 16)
Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan star in this raucous ensemble comedy.
Takers (May 14)
A crime thriller starring Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon and Paul Walker.
The Karate Kid (June 11)
Will Smith’s son Jaden takes on the role of teenage martial arts noob Daniel-san in this remake.
Grown Ups (June 25)
Adam Sandler writes and stars in this comedy along with Chris Rock, Kevin James and Salma Hayek.
Shutter Island (February 19)
The much-delayed thriller from actor/director BFFs Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese.
How to Train Your Dragon (March 26)
An animated film featuring the voices of Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson.
Iron Man 2 (May 7)
Sequel to the 2008 smash starring Robert Downey Jr as snarky billionaire/superhero Tony Stark.
Shrek Forever After (May 21)
The (reportedly) final chapter in the animated ogre’s saga.
When in Rome (January 29)
An old-world romantic comedy starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel.
Alice in Wonderland (March 5)
Long-time duo Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s twisted take on the children’s classic.
The Last Song (April 2)
A musical drama starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear.
The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (May 28)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Kingsley star in this action film based on the titular video game.
Toy Story 3 (June 28)
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen once again lend their voices to Woody and Buzz in Pixar’s latest.
The Wolfman (February 12)
Benicio Del Toro stars as the hirsute title character, with support from Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt.
Green Zone (March 12)
Bourne actor/director duo Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass reteam for this action thriller.
MacGruber (April 23)
A spy spoof starring former SNL player Will Forte.
Robin Hood (May 14)
Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott join forces once again in this gritty retelling of the outlaw legend.
Get Him to the Greek (June 11)
The latest Judd Apatow-produced comedy. Stars British comic Russell Brand.
Why Did I Get Married Too (April 2)
Tyler Perry stars in this comedic sequel to his 2008 film.
Kick-Ass (April 16)
An action comedy starring Nicolas Cage.
Hot Tub Time Machine (March 19)
John Cusack stars in this off-the-wall time travel comedy.
Remember Me (March 12)
A romantic drama starring Twilight vampire hunk Robert Pattinson.
Furry Vengeance (April 2)
Brendan Frasier stars in this family comedy with an environmental twist.
Eclipse (June 30)
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson look pale and brooding in the third chapter of the Twilight saga.
[via The Wrap]