By: James Smith
Last month, The Hunger Games shattered records as it roared to a $155 million gross in its first three days — making it the third best opening weekend of all time and the highest opening weekend ever for a non-sequel. That got us at the Daily Lounge thinking about the fact that this year promises to be a huge one for blockbuster filmmaking. Don’t believe us? Here are three of the year’s titles that should convince you otherwise, plus a potential break-out:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 — Yeah, it pains us to include the Twilight finale on this list, too, especially when Part 1 was so unspeakably bad. The fact is, though, that you’re deluding yourself if you think that the finale isn’t going to break all manner of box office records, up to and including the most skewed gender breakdown of an audience of a box office hit ever. This is a franchise, after all, that has grossed over $2 billion worldwide to date. And, frankly, if it starts to turn young girls into movie fans, we’re okay with that.
The Avengers — Has any movie coming out this year had a better trailer yet than The Avengers? Marvel’s high-profile mash-up of a number of its favorite brands has been long in the works, including a Captain America picture this past year that was little more than an extended trailer for the new movie, and so fanboys across the country are justifiably excited. Still, we’re holding back on our enthusiasm. With that many characters vying for screen time, there’s a legitimate concern that things might get muddled.
The Dark Knight Rises — We’re not going to guarantee that The Dark Knight Rises will be the biggest box office hit of the year, because, well, crazier things have happened. Still, it’s the sequel to a global phenomenon that recorded the biggest opening weekend of all time, earned over $1 billion in revenue across the globe, and is the eleventh highest-grossing movie ever. Not to mention that people have a lot of confidence that it might be the best movie in Christopher Nolan’s Bat-trilogy. Yes, there’s a lot of room for disappointment — but even if it doesn’t live up to those lofty numbers, it’ll still be huge.
Potential break-out: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter — based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s tongue-in-cheek bestelling novel of the same name, this will come as an unknown property to many filmgoers. Yet it’s being helped by strong buzz and a great trailer — and perhaps also by the fortuitous circumstance that Steven Spielberg is directing Daniel Day-Lewis in another movie about Abe Lincoln due out in 2012. ABVH won’t out-gross any of the movies below, but it could still end up a hit.
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