‘Wanted’ to Hit $50 Million Opening Weekend
According to Variety, Wanted, the feature film released Friday that is based on the Mark Millar and J.G Jones graphic novel of the same name, is going to have a pretty good opening weekend. In spite of some less-than-stellar reviews, including one from our very own Matt Raub, the film seems poised to be a hit and according to the trade, should take in just over $50 Million at the weekend box office — earning it the number two spot behind Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E.
As this is Wizard World Chicago weekend and Top Cow, the publisher of the original Wanted graphic novel, is at the show, I decided to check in on them and bring their VP of Marketing, Mel Caylo, the good news about the film’s perfomance and get his reaction.
COMIC MIX: Hey Mel, I just heard that Wanted may do over $50 million this weekend at the box office. How do you feel about that?
MEL CAYLO: Really? Where did you hear that? If its true, we’re obviously thrilled.
CMix: Variety is projecting it. Wanted will be number two behind Wall-E.
MC: Well, that’s great. And I think we’re on fewer screens, too, so that’s great.
CMix: Those are pretty good numbers. What do you think is responsible for them?
MC: Well, Universal did some really great marketing for the film so that’s a big part of it. They really pushed it hard and got the word out beyond those people that just knew the comic.
And, of course, Angelena Jolie is a big draw. Also, some of it comes from the comic as well, of course. And, the director Timur Bekmambetov did a great job.
CMix: Where you a fan of the director’s other films?
MC: Yeah, I really liked Nightwatch. I thought it was great.
CMix: So, if the film continues to do this well, should we expect a sequel?
MC: It’s too early to say, but I would think if it becomes a huge success than a sequel could happen.
CMix: Can you tell us if any of the creative team has signed up for multiple films?
MC: Not really. I did read that the writers of the film had signed up for a sequel but I can’t comment on that. Or, on who else might have signed up.
CMix: So, some people have signed up but not others?
MC: Again, I can’t really say for sure but obviously, some people wouldn’t be back because they didn’t make it through the film.
CMix: I’m just going to guess and say that probably James McAvoy would be coming back?
MC: I can’t confirm that at all but if there was a sequel, that would make sense.
CMix: Okay, Mel, I won’t put you on the spot any more. Thanks and congratulations.