Fans who were anxiously anticipating the Timur Bekmambetov-produced found footage horror film Apollo 18, scheduled for release April 22 (which itself was already a shift) are in for about eight months of disappointment. The Weinstein Company has bumped the film to January 6, 2012. They also bumped Piranha 3DD from September 16 to November 23, while adding dates for Our Idiot Brother (which was called My Idiot Brother when we loved it at Sundance) and I Don’t Know How She Does It. The former, starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel  will be released August 26 and the latter, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan and Kelsey Grammar among others will take Piranha‘s date, September 16.

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Piranha 3D made a big enough splash at the box office to ensure the film will recoup the film’s estimated $24 million budget. The film ended it’s run with over $65 million worldwide, and will likely make a bunch more on DVD/Blu-ray/tv deals. After the opening weekend, Dimension Films issued a press release announcing that they are already developing a follow-up with with director Alexandre Aja and producer Mark Canton returning. Canton gave the following quote: “We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving PIRANHA 3D, but cheering for it. And it’s fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can’t wait to get to work on the sequel.”

I assumed we wouldn’t see a sequel for a couple years, until they had a script in hand (at very least). Well it appears the Weinsteins are borrowing from the Saw release model and hope to have the sequel in theaters for Summer 2011. But the release model isn’t the only thing they are “stealing” from the Saw series…

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Piranha 3D didn’t make a huge splash at the box office this weekend — $10 million and the #6 place. But the money that was made is enough to ensure the film will recoup the film’s estimated $24 million budget. The film is likely to make at least $30 million theatrically, and a bunch more on DVD/Blu-ray/tv deals. That’s more than enough to have the Weinsteins talking about a sequel.
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