Battle: Los Angeles set to have good opening

MUMBAI: Sci-fi war film Battle: Los Angeles starring Aaron Eckhart is eyeing a roughly $30 million bow, while the Amanda Seyfried film Red Riding Hood is expecting to make up to $20 million. There‘s also a new family offering in Disney‘s 3D toon Mars Needs Moms.

Hollywood is hoping that the first two films will lure in young moviegoers, who have been conspicuously absent from the multiplex. But lack of interest has made Disney brace for a poor opening. 

Battle: L.A. doesn‘t have A-list stars but has an ethnically diverse cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and Michael Pena.

On the other hand Red Riding Hood, directed by Catherine Hardwicke that has made Warner‘s rely heavily on his name in promoting the film. Red Riding Hood is based on the well-known fairy tale but only in this version, the wolf is a werewolf.

Box office observers are suggesting an opening gross of $18 million to $20 million for Red Riding Hood. That would be great start since the film opening in roughly 3,000 theaters did cost $40 million to produce.

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