The projected numbers for Final Fantasy rather surprises me. This movie has been anticipated for quite some time, and the game has a huge following. It adds to an already existing franchise that will bring fans of the game to the theater who may not be fans of animation as a whole, and animation fans who aren't game players (which includes me!) will also be drawn to the movie, so I think this could wind up doing better than expected. However, a lot depends on how this is marketed. We've seen great animated movies in the past marketed wrong and just nose dive at the box office.[i]
Shrek: $100 - 125 million
Atlantis: $150 - 175 million
Osmosis Jones: $35 - 60 million
Final Fantasy: $75 - 90 million
What are your thoughts and opinions? [/B]
The numbers for Atlantis also surprise me. As much as I hope that this movie succeeds beyond Disney's wildest imagination, I doubt it will. Too many American's are like Pavlov's Dog and will only respond well when they see the musical numbers in a Disney animated feature. I'd be more willing to bet that this movie will wind up doing Titan AE level dollars at the box office.
Shrek will do well, I think, and will perhaps pull in the most dollars for a Dreamworks animated movie. This marketing for this one is great, but still I am surprised by those I talk to who still don't know much about this one.
Osmossis Jones will be one I will see, but it will be the dog of the summer. I think the projections for this one are adequately accurate. There are a lot of people who just hate Chris Rock and won't see anything he is in. Which is too bad for those who refuse to watch Nurse Betty for that reason, a great movie in every regard.
I am looking forward to seeing all four, personally, and hope that all are great.