1. The Game Plan $22.9 million
2. The Kingdom: $17.1 million
3. Resident Evil: Extinction: $8 million
4. Good Luck Chuck: $6.2 million
5. 3:10 to Yuma: $4.2 million
This week's new flicks feature teen rappers, the Farrelly Brothers, and a kid on a magical adventure.
Feel the Noise
What's It All About: When his life is threatened, a young aspiring hip-hop star is forced to move to Puerto Rico with his estranged father.
Why It Might Do Well: A tale of teen angst with romance, an exotic setting, and rap tunes? It should do well with teen audiences.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The appeal of this one may be too narrow, with little to offer audiences over twenty-five or so.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $3 million
The Heartbreak Kid
What's It All About: Ben Stiller re-teams with the Farrelly Brothers for this remake of a 1972 film of the same name which was written by Neil Simon. Stiller plays a man who finally meets the love of his life, but only after he has married a woman he comes to despise while on their honeymoon.
Why It Might Do Well: We are talking about the Farrelly Brothers here, and I suspect this will be the number one movie next week.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Stiller often seems to be playing the same character, and this looks an awful lot like a retread of There's Something About Mary.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $26 million
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
What's It All About: A young boy learns that he is the latest in a line of warriors who combat the forces of evil, and he embarks upon a series of adventures as he travels through time.
Why It Might Do Well: This one seems to be shooting for the same demographic as the Harry Potter movies which have racked in huge box office.
Why It Might Not Do Well: J.K. Rowling is a tough act to follow.
Number of Theaters: 3,200
Prediction: $9 million
After these three new flicks hit theaters this weekend, I suspect the results will look something like this.
1. The Heartbreak Kid
2. The Game Plan
3. The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
4. The Kingdom
5. Resident Evil: Extinction
Perfect scores were earned by three intriguingly named individuals, so congratulations to Destro, Carlos the Jackal, and Bubba8193. I can hear them cackling with glee from here.
1. Destro: 16
1. Carlos the Jackal: 16
1. Bubba8193: 16
2. Nathan: 13
3. Mario: 11
3. Max: 11
4. Matt: 8
4. Josh: 8
4. Porcalina: 8
4. Chris: 8
5. Gregory Rubinstein: 6
5. Peter: 6
5. Anna07: 6
5. Ray: 6
6. Lee: 4
Come on, folks, share your box office predicting prowess with the world! 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. Bragging rights and a hearty "congratulations" from yours truly can be yours. PLEASE NOTE: Congratulations will not be delivered in person and may be tempered by gritted teeth and a snarky attitude if your prediction is more accurate than mine (which is highly possible).