Once again, last week's number one movie eluded most of us who took part in our weekly prediction game. Only Bubba8193 and Ray successfully foresaw that Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married would take first place, and I was again surprised by how well The Game Plan held on to second place in its third week out. Here's the final tally:
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married: $21.3 million
The Game Plan: $11 million
We Own the Night: $10.8 million
Michael Clayton: $10.3 million
The Heartbreak Kid: $7.2 million
As for this week...
30 Days of Night
What's It All About: Vampires invade an Alaskan town during a month long stretch of arctic night.
Why It Might Do Well: Halloween's on the way, and I'm sure I'm not the only one looking to get my creep on at the multiplex. The film is based on an acclaimed graphic novel and produced by Sam "Evil Dead" Raimi. I see this taking the number one spot.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Ain't gonna happen.
Number of Theaters: 2,700
Prediction: $21 million
What's It All About: A parody of inspirational sports movies.
Why It Might Do Well: Moviegoers looking for something familiar will probably recognize a similarity to the likes of Date Movie and the Scary Movie franchise, and its opening in more theaters than any other new film this week.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Director Tom Brady also gave us the Rob Schneider vehicle The Hot Chick. Need I say more?
Number of Theaters: 2,800
Prediction: $12 million
Gone Baby Gone
What's It All About: Ben Affleck directs and Casey Affleck stars in a film about two private investigators hired to look into the disappearance of a little girl.
Why It Might Do Well: There's some strong buzz for this one (91% at Rottentomatoes.com), and the film is based on a novel from the author of Mystic River.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Confusion may result if the public mistakes this for a sequel to Mario Bava's Kill Baby Kill.
Number of Theaters: 1,500
Prediction: $7 million
What's It All About: Reese Witherspoon plays a woman searching for her husband who has been detained by the CIA on suspicion of terrorism. Jake Gyllenhaal also stars.
Why It Might Do Well: Topical storyline mixed with some appealing leads will probably sell tickets.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The story may be too topical, making some people uncomfortable.
Number of Theaters: 2,200
Prediction: $11.5 million
See more after the jump ...
Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour
What's It All About: In the first of a proposed series of Sarah Landon mysteries, a 17-year-old girl has encounters with psychics, ghosts and various mysterious phenomena in a small town.
Why It Might Do Well: The PG rating will accommodate a wider range of Halloween season moviegoers than the R-rated 30 Days of Night.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The wider appeal may be seen as a watering down.
Number of Theaters: 1,100
Prediction: $3 million
Things We Lost In The Fire
What's It All About: Halle Berry stars as a recently widowed woman who seeks solace with one of her late husband's friends played by Benicio Del Toro.
Why It Might Do Well: It's only garnered five reviews so far, but Rottentomatoes.com is giving the film a 100% fresh rating.
Why It Might Not Do Well: I know she's won an Oscar, but everytime I see Berry all I can think of is Catwoman.
Number of Theaters: 1,100
Prediction: $5 million
Since Halloween is very nearly upon us, I've consulted my magic jack-o-lantern for next week's box office results. That is, I would have if I had taken time to carve one (hey, I've been busy). Instead I've looked deeply into a can of pre-made pumpkin pie filling. After several spoonfuls, this is what came to me:
1. 30 Days of Night
2. The Comebacks
3. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?
5. The Game Plan
And here's how last week's predictions turned out:
1. NPC: 9
1. Ray: 9
2. Bubba8193: 8
3. Anna07: 6
3. Josh: 6
3. Jason Boman: 6
3. Neil: 6
3. Mario: 6
4. Chris: 5
3. Matt: 4
3. Carlos the Jackal: 4
3. Juno: 4
3. Gregory Rubinstein: 4
3. Nathan: 4
2. Peter: 3
2. Uforeader: 3
Thanks to everyone who took part in the weekly competition, many of whom have become regulars. You guys help keep this fun. 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.