1. 30 Days of Nights: $15.9 million
2. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? $12.1 million
3. The Game Plan: $8.1 million
4. Michael Clayton: $6.6 million
5. The Comebacks: $5.5 million
Only two major openings this week, and they couldn't be more different from one another. Whether people are looking for laughs or screams will be the deciding factor.
Dan in Real Life
What's It All About: Steve Carell stars as an advice columnist, widower and father of three who falls in love with his brother's girlfriend. Hi jinx ensue.
Why It Might Do Well: Since this week's other big release is Saw IV, there will be moviegoers looking for something a bit lighter, and this should fit the bill. Despite Evan Almighty's tepid box office performance, Carell is still carrying enough momentum from The 40 Year Old Virgin and The Office to entice ticket buyers.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Despite Carell, there's still Dane Cook's presence to consider.
Number of Theaters: 1,700
Prediction: $15 million
What's It All About: Just in time for Halloween, it's a new installment in the Saw franchise. Jigsaw is back, though he looks pretty dead in the trailer, and there are more traps, moral quandaries, and buckets of gore.
Why It Might Do Well: Opening weekend figures for the first three Saw flicks have increased each year. Saw has become such a known quantity that I suspect the trend will continue, and I see this being in the number one spot this coming weekend.
Why It Might Not Do Well: With Hostel II tanking at the box office, I suspect the torture porn fad may be on its last legs.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $31 million
Next weekend seems fairly straightforward, with Saw IV being the obvious number one film (blood and guts, Halloween, and a tried and true franchise) followed by the reliable Steve Carrel's Dan in Real Life, with last week's top three shifting down to make room for the new guys. So when all is said and done it might look something like this:
1. Saw IV
2. Dan in Real Life
3. 30 Days of Night
4. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?
5. The Game Plan
Hearty congratulations and a Cinematical Whoop-de-doo (I have no idea what that means) to Bubba8193 for the first perfect score our little competition has seen in awhile. Here's how everyone did:
1. Bubba8193: 16
2. Joseph J. Finn: 10
3. Neil: 9
3. Caddy: 9
3. Chris: 9
3. Anna07: 9
4. Ray: 8
4. Ethan Stanislawski: 8
5. Max: 7
5. Dre: 7
6. Matt: 7
6. Josh: 6
6. Dana: 6
6. Pete2169: 6
6. Nathan: 6
7. Gregory Rubinstein: 3
7. NPC: 3
Don't forget, 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.