1. Beowulf $27.5 million
This week the holiday box office season starts in earnest with five new releases, and another going into wider release.
What's It All About: A young musical prodigy, separated from his parents at birth uses his talent as a clue to find them. Kerri Russell and Freddie Highmore star.
Why It Might Do Well: A story about a family's struggle to be reunited would seem appropriate for the holiday season.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Since it's now November, the title may fool people into thinking this one has been out for three months already. Also, rottentomatoes.com is only giving this a 55% rating.
Number of Theaters: 2,310
Prediction: $5.5 million
What's It All About: A fairytale/cartoon princess finds herself transported to modern day New York.
Why It Might Do Well: While August Rush is about family this one is for families, and that's going to make the big difference. It's got a cute premise, a trailer with a few laughs, an 88% fresh rating at rottentomatoes.com, and the widest release of the week. I think this is our number one movie.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Don't see that happening.
Number of Theaters: 3,730
Prediction: $39 million
What's It All About: A hired gunman finds political intrigue in Europe in this film based on the video game.
Why It Might Do Well: Fans of the game will probably flock to see what appears to be a great looking film.
Why It Might Not Do Well: You don't see a lot of great films based on video games. Resident Evil wasn't bad, but I'm still gagging on the badness that was Silent Hill.
Number of Theaters: 2,457
Prediction: $11 million
What's It All About: Directed by Frank Darabont and based on a novella by Stephen King, this movie tells the tale of a small lakeside town enveloped by a mysterious mist containing otherworldly creatures.
Why It Might Do Well: Darabont and King have collaborated before to make The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, so it's not unreasonable to think they may have another hit here.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Unlike The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, this one doesn't take place inside a prison. Could that be the deal breaker?
Number of Theaters: 2,423
Prediction: $12 million
What's It All About: For the first time in years, all the members of the Whitfield family have made it home for Christmas, and everybody remembered to pack their emotional baggage.
Why It Might Do Well: More dysfunctional family fun for the holidays.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Family home for the holidays? Not exactly an original premise.
Number of Theaters: 1,858
Prediction: $6 million
And going into wider release we have...
No Country For Old Men
What's It All About: A drug deal gone bad and the theft of two million dollars are the basis for the latest crime drama from the Coen Brothers
Why It Might Do Well: For those looking to eschew family flicks for some good old fashioned onscreen violence, this is the one. In addition, the Coens have a pretty impressive resume, so I'm betting this will be good.
Why It Might Not Do Well: This may get lost in the shuffle of more traditional holiday fair.
Number of Theaters: 860
Prediction: $6 million
And when all is said and done next weekend and we've all recovered from our tryptophan induced haze, I think the top five will look a little like this:
3. Stephen King's The Mist
4. Bee Movie
Before we get to the results of last week's competition I have to point out that a recount was necessary for the November 7 Box Office posting. Sometimes when two films are very close in box office figures their positions can change once the revised totals are in. I usually catch this, but it got by me that week and The Game Plan and 30 Days of Night ended up swapping positions. You can look here for the revised posting, and a belated congratulations to ABIRD0006 for a perfect score that week.
1. Bubba8193: 12
Don't forget to 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.