The new romantic drama “The Vow” is about to steal the hearts of moviegoers this weekend.
The tearful with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams could make between 35 and 40 million dollars in its debut, according to those who saw the audience polls before the release. Sony Pictures, whose Screen Gems label produced the film, is forecasting a more conservative nationwide opening of between $ 28 million and $ 30 million.
It should be a good weekend at the multiplex, as three other new films are also expected to generate good ticket sales. âSafe House,â an action thriller directed by Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, will likely debut around $ 25 million. A 3-D reissue of George Lucas’ âStar Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menaceâ in 1999 could fetch around $ 20 million, while the 3-D sequel âJourney 2: The Mysterious Islandâ will likely start with around 13. millions of dollars.
“The Vow” is based on the true story of a woman who lost her memory in a car accident and had to fall in love with her husband for the second time. The film has a huge buzz online, where young women have been posting for weeks on Twitter and Facebook about the photo and her favorite star Tatum.
The 31-year-old actor appeared in a similar love story released around Valentine’s Day in 2010, “Dear John”. This film, based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, debuted with $ 30.5 million and eventually raised $ 80 million in the United States and Canada. The biggest hit to release around the February 14 holiday is the aptly named “Valentine’s Day,” which featured a cavalcade of top stars and opened for $ 56.3 million in February 2010.
âThe Vowâ was co-funded by Spyglass Entertainment and Screen Gems for approximately $ 30 million.
Universal Pictures and Relativity Media spent significantly more on âSafe House,â which was produced for around $ 85 million. The film, which stars Washington as a renegade CIA agent on a mission in South Africa, so far is primarily aimed at older men and African-American moviegoers.
The film is on course to open up to much the same character as the 57-year-old actor’s last outing, the 2010 action thriller. “Unstoppable, âlaunched with $ 22.7 million.
Walt Disney Studios has had some success releasing a few of its classic 3D animated titles. Its reissue of “The Lion King” last fall grossed around $ 94 million, while “Beauty and the Beast” has grossed about half since its reissue in January.
Still, it remains to be seen whether audiences will embrace 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm’s updated version of the âStar Warsâ episode – especially since the film was poorly received by fans during its original debut. However, the film grossed $ 924.3 million at the global box office, of which $ 431 million was from domestic ticket sales.
âMysterious Islandâ is the sequel to 2008’s âJourney to the Center of the Earthâ, which debuted with $ 21 million. The film performed well domestically, grossing a total of around $ 100 million, but made an even more impressive $ 140.3 million overseas.
The sequel has already been released in a number of foreign countries and has so far grossed $ 41.5 million internationally, achieving the best performance in Korea. It has already grossed 15% more than the 2008 overseas release during the same period.
The first film “Journey” starred Brendan Fraser, but the actor reportedly dropped the sequel in 2010 because it was not directed by Eric Brevig, the filmmaker behind the original. Fraser has been replaced by Dwayne Johnson, who plays a stepfather who embarks on an affair with his son (played by “Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games) to discover a secret island.
The film was funded by Warner Bros. ‘ New Line division for approximately $ 79 million.
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– Amy Kaufman
Photo: Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams star in “The Vow”. Credit: Sony Pictures