June 2007 Forecast
By Michael Bentley
June 1, 2007
10) Nancy Drew
Emma Roberts (from popular Nickelodeon TV show Unfabulous) stars as beloved teen detective Nancy Drew. Teenage and pre-teen girls are consistently ignored by Hollywood, so it's often difficult to predict how well movies targeted to this group will actually do. But the star-factor (I think), the ongoing popularity of the book series (I assume), and the fact that there hasn't been a good teen girl movie for a while (I'm pretty sure) should enable this to be a rousing success. And, later on, look for it to do big business with DVD sales.
Opening weekend: $16 million.
Just Under the Radar
This Kiwi horror comedy is about genetically engineered killer sheep. Need I say more?
A Mighty Heart
Angelina Jolie stars in this fact-based story as Mariane Pearl, the wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. Michael Winterbottom (9 Songs; 24 Hour Party People) directed the film, which has been getting some positive buzz.
Michael Moore's latest documentary isn't exactly under the radar as it's already been featured on the cover of several major magazines and will be discussed ad nauseum on the news stations and talk show circuit. Moving on from the automobile industry, the gun industry, and Dubya Inc., Moore sets his sights on the broken-down American health care system.
* Please note that all opening weekend estimates are preliminary and do not account for final screen counts.