1. Enchanted: $35.3 million.
2. This Christmas: $18.6 million.
3. Beowulf: $16.2 million.
4. Hitman: $13 million.
5. Bee Movie: $12 million.
If you absolutely must see something new this weekend, pickings are slim, but there are still plenty of movies in release to suit many tastes. This week's newbie poses perhaps the greatest philosophical question of our age: what might happen if a Jedi Knight married a member of the Fantastic Four?
What's It All About: Hayden Christensen plays a victim of anesthetic awareness, a phenomenon in which a patient remains conscious but paralyzed under anesthesia. While in this state, he hears his surgeons plotting to murder him and pretend his death was the result of complications. Jessica Alba stars as Christensen's wife.
Why It Might Do Well: Being this week's only new wide release certainly won't hurt the film's chances.
Why It Might Not Do Well: I'm betting Enchanted still has legs enough to pull off a second week in the number one spot, so I think Awake may have to settle for the silver.
Number of Theaters: 2,000
Prediction: $14 million
Last week's Thanksgiving dinner and the steady stream of turkey sandwiches that followed have left me chock full of tryptophan, a substance commonly found in turkey and believed by some (well, me at least) to enhance a person's precognitive abilities. The turkey has given me visions of the future, and here's what I think next week's box office take will look like:
3. This Christmas
Participation in last week's competition was on the light side. Sure, cast me aside in favor of spending time with your loved ones. Here's how everyone did:
1. Ray: 11
2. yoyo456: 9
2. Mario: 9
3. Matt: 7
3. Chris: 7
4. Gregory Rubinstein: 6
4. L: 6
4. Chloe: 6
Now's your chance to wow the world with your box office prediction prowess. 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.