CATEGORIES Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Box Office, War, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeThings were kind of dead at the box office this past weekend. Not that people weren't going to the movies, it's just that a lot of them paid to see a flick that had dead folks walking around. Here's the final tally:
1. Resident Evil: Extinction: $24 million.
2. Good Luck Chuck: $14 million.
3. The Brave One: $7.4 million.
4. 3:10 to Yuma: $6.35 million.
5. Eastern Promises: $5.7 million.
This coming weekend oddly enough brings us three films whose stars all saw their early successes on TV, including Easy Reader from The Electric Company, a professional wrestler, and a cast member from In Living Color.
The Feast of Love
What's It All About: In what is described as a modern take on A Midsummer Night's Dream, Morgan Freeman plays a man who witnesses the effects love has on several small town residents.
Why It Might Do Well: The trailer has a great deal of appeal, hitting funny and romantic notes with equal skill.
Why It Might Not Do Well: A relatively small release will keep this one out of the top five, but it should do reasonably well and ultimately find its audience on DVD.
Number of Theaters: 1,200
Prediction: $4.5 million
The Game Plan
What's It All About: An NFL star played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson suddenly finds himself caring for a seven-year-old daughter he never knew he had.
Why It Might Do Well: There aren't a lot of family friendly comedies in theaters just now, so this one may find its niche.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The plot is nothing new, and based on the trailer Johnson doesn't look entirely comfortable in the role.
Number of Theaters: 2,800
Prediction: $14 million
What's It All About: FBI agents investigate an attack on U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia.
Why It Might Do Well: Jamie Foxx leads a strong cast that also includes Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman. I'm betting this will be the big money maker this week.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Given the current situation in the Middle East, this may hit too close to home for some.
Number of Theaters: 2,700
Prediction: $22 million
I've got a feeling that next week's results will look something like this:
1. The Kingdom
2. The Game Plan
3. Resident Evil: Extinction
4. Good Luck Chuck
5. The Brave One
No perfect scores last week, but Porcalina and Josh took top honors. Nice going guys. Here's how everyone did:
1. Porcalina: 13
1. Josh: 13
2. Bubba8193: 12
3. Matt: 11
3. Mario: 11
3. Dave: 11
4. Anna07: 10
4. Ray: 10
4. Chris: 10
4. Max: 10
5. ABIRD006: 9
5. Gregory Rubinstein: 9
6. MikeJM79: 8
6. Marshall: 8
7. Gina: 7
8. Peter: 6
Here's how the competition works:
Please post your prediction in the comments section below before 5:00PM on Saturday. One point for every top five movie correctly named, two points for every correct placement, and one extra point for the top movie.