1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets: $35.6 million.
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: $30 million.
3. I Am Legend: $27.5 million
4. Charlie Wilson's War: $11.8 million.
5. Juno: $10.3 million.
In the wake of the holiday season, Hollywood appears to be taking a breather with only one new film -- a J-horror remake -- going into wide release this Friday.
One Missed Call
What's It All About: Boy, you think your cell phone plan sucks. In this remake of a Takashi Miike's 2003 film Chakushin Ari, college students are dropping left and right after they receive voice mail messages -- seemingly from the future -- in which they hear themselves being murdered.
Why It Might Do Well: This is the only new wide release this week, so if you're dying to see something new, this is pretty much it.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Plot-wise, if you swap a VHS tape for the cell phones this sounds a lot like The Ring.
Number of Theaters: 2,200
Prediction: $8 million
Obviously next week's top five won't be a huge shake up. Taking into consideration the one new release and Juno's expansion into more theaters, I think it will look like this.
1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks
4. I Am Legend
5. One Missed Call
Participation was down last week for our weekly box office prediction competition, though I'm confident our regulars will be returning. Here's how it went:
1. Bubba8193: 13
1. Mjd: 13
2. Anna07: 11
2. Gregory Rubinstein: 11
3. Ray: 6
3. ABIRD0006: 6
4. Matt: 5
This is your big chance. Make it your New Year's resolution to participate in our friendly little competition. Post your predictions 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.