I'm sure Jerry Seinfeld and the other people involved with his latest film had hoped it would BEE number one (oh God, that joke was a cry for help, please call my parents), but the top spot went to Ridley Scott's American Gangster. Seinfeld and company still can't complain too much about second place as $39 million is hardly chump change. Last week's number one movie Saw IV hung in there as well, shearing the limbs off the competition for the second week. Here are the final numbers:

1. American Gangster: $46.3 million.
2. Bee Movie: $39.1 million.
3. Saw IV: $11 million.
4. Dan in Real Life: $8.1 million.
5. 30 Days of Night: $4 million.
5. The Game Plan: $3.9 million

The holiday box office season is truly upon us with high profile releases and Christmas themed movies hitting theaters. Here's what's coming out on Friday.

Fred Claus
What's It All About:
Santa's black sheep brother Fred gets bailed out of prison and comes to the North Pole to help make toys for the Christmas holiday. Vince Vaughn stars as Fred and Paul Giamatti plays Santa.
Why It Might Do Well: The teaser trailer that came out last year with footage that probably isn't even in the movie was hilarious. Vaughn seems to be playing a variation on his characters from Wedding Crashers and Old School, and he was pretty funny in those roles, and I'm dying to see what Giamatti can do as Santa. If nothing else, the sheer number of theaters this one is opening in will put it in the number one spot.
Why It Might Not Do Well: I tend to bristle when Christmas displays start showing up in stores right after Halloween, and I'm probably not the only one. Might it just be too early for Christmas cheer?
Number of Theaters:
3,400
Prediction:
$34 million

Lions For Lambs
What's It All About:
Tom Cruise plays a Senator on the rise who crosses paths with an idealistic professor played by Robert Redford and a reporter played by Meryl Streep. Redford directs this film, which is the first drama for Cruise in six years.
Why It Might Do Well:
A cast this stellar will definitely get people's attention.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Rottentomatoes.com is only giving this a 38% rating, with critics using words like "talky" and "clunky."
Number of Theaters:
2,200
Prediction: $11 million
P2
What's It All About:
A woman leaving the office late on Christmas Eve finds herself trapped in a parking garage and stalked by a psychotic security guard.
Why It Might Do Well: More thriller than horror and it takes place at Christmas, so this may be a good way for folks to ween themselves off the Halloween season.
Why It Might Not Do Well: With no big names and a first time director, this one is bucking the odds.
Number of Theaters: 2,000
Prediction: $4 million

In the spirit of the approaching holiday I asked Santa to help out with this week's prediction. Things are pretty stressful around the North Pole this time of year, though, and he didn't take kindly to me asking him to increase his workload. I think he flipped me off, but he was wearing mittens so it was hard to tell. Anyway, a rebellious elf named Shecky volunteered his services, and he sobered up long enough to give us the following prediction:
1. Fred Claus
2. American Gangster
3. Bee Movie
4. Lions For Lambs
5. Saw IV

Thanks to everyone for participating and here's how we all did:
1. Bubba8193: 16
2. ABIRD0006: 13
2. Juno: 13
3. Prateek S.:11
3. Mario: 11
3. Anna07: 11
4. Matt: 8
4. Chris: 8
5. Max: 7
6. Josh: 6
6. Ray: 6

Sorry, had to do a recount on that one. The Game Plan and 30 Days of Night were very close and their positions ended up switching after revised figures were released. Here's the corrected tally:

1. ABIRD0006: 16
2. Bubba8193: 13
2. juno: 13
3. Chris: 11
4. Prateek S.: 9
5. Mario: 8
5. Anna07: 8
6. Max: 6
6. Josh: 6
6. Ray: 6


If you're game for taking a shot at our weekly box office competition and all the glory it entails, 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.