June 2009 Forecast

By Michael Lynderey

June 5, 2009

She's the fakest Transformer of all.

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Opening weekend: $13 million / Total gross: $33 million

9. My Life in Ruins (June 5th)

The fate of Nia Vardalos was something I'd not contemplated for some time now. After the surprise mega-hit she delivered with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Vardalos was effectively given the power to make any movie she wanted, and so she promptly made Connie and Carla. That latter film, of course, was a notorious flop, grossing only $8 million. So the question on my mind was, would she ever get a second chance?

Well, she finally did. Playing a tour guide in Greece who falls in love with one of the locals, this film places her squarely in familiar romantic comedy territory. Associating the movie with something Greek, presumably to bring back happy memories of Vardalos' first big hit, may or may not help. The title is a pun, and indeed the film's scenery reminds me of last year's Mamma Mia!, though I am fairly confident that the box office will not.

Opening weekend: $6 million / Total gross: $22 million


10. Away We Go (June 5th)

Away We Go is the anointed indie darling of the month, a Sam Mendes movie released fairly soon after his Revolutionary Road. It's a comedy about a couple traveling around the United States (and finding themselves in the process, I'd reckon), and thus it fits into one of my favorite sub-genres, the Road Trip movie. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, in the leads, bring some quirky credibility to the table, but Away We Go is going to need all the help it can get from movie critics if it wants to break out into some wide release recognition. Right now, the RottenTomatoes score is at 50%, and that will have to go up.

Opening weekend: $2 million / Total gross: $15 million

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