1. Jumper: $27.3 million.
2. The Spiderwick Chronicles: $19 million.
3. Step Up 2 the Streets: $18.9 million.
4. Fool's Gold: $13.1 million.
5. Definitely, Maybe: $9.7 million.
We have three films playing it for laughs this week, two of which appear to be smarter than your average comedy and one that is, to be kind, less so. And if you're not in the mood for a chuckle, we've also got a tale of assassination and deception at the presidential level.
Be Kind, Rewind
What's It All About: Jack Black becomes magentized and accidentally erases every tape in the video store where his friend (played by Mos Def) works. To appease a faithful but elderly customer whose mind is slipping, the pair set out to re-enact several Hollywood classics.
Why It Might Do Well: I've been looking forward to this one ever since the trailer first hit the net, and while the 64% fresh rating at rottentomatoes.com isn't overwhelming, it does give cause for hope.
Why It Might Not Do Well: As promising as this one looks, the relatively small release will keep this out of the top five. I suspect this one may have to wait for DVD tor find its true audience.
Number of Theaters: 800
Prediction: $7 million
What's It All About: The new kid in school finds his own way of fitting in by dispensing psychiatric advice to his classmates from a bathroom stall.
Why It Might Do Well: The trailer conjures up fond memories of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Charlie is running a big 79% on the Tomatometer.
Why It Might Not Do Well: As with Be Kind, Rewind, the small release will keep this one from doing huge numbers.
Number of Theaters: 1,000
Prediction: $5 million
What's It All About: Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, and Matthew Fox star in a political thriller that shows an attempted assassination of the U.S. President from five different perspectives, all of which provide a crucial piece to the puzzle.
Why It Might Do Well: The cast is strong and the trailer is downright frantic. Looks like it should deliver in the thrills department. This is a big honking release, and I suspect this will be our number one film for next week.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Don't really see that happening.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $26 million
What's It All About: A small town cop (Larry the Cable Guy) thinks he is rescuing a kidnap victim, but he's actually abducting a woman in the witness protection program.
Why It Might Do Well: I've got nothing.
Why It Might Not Do Well: A comedy that specifically describes itself as "witless?"
Number of Theaters: 1,250
Prediction: $3 million
Come next week I think the top five will look like this:
1. Vantage Point
3. The Spiderwick Chronicles
4. Step Up 2 the Streets
5. Fool's Gold
I'm not going to let my perfect prediction from last week go to my head, but you'll notice that doesn't stop me from bragging about it :). Here's how everyone did with our weekly competition.
1. Matt: 16
2. Smiggy: 12
2. Ray: 12
2. Mike: 12
3. AJ Wiley: 10
4. Jmoney: 9
5. Gregory Rubinstein: 8
5. ABIRD0006: 8
6. James Wagner: 7
7. Lee S: 5
8. Ryan S: 4
8. Knifey James: 4
Don't forget, we've got a new deadline for box office predictions (which everyone observed last week, thank you very much).Post your predictions for the top five movies in the comments section below before 5:00PM on Friday. One point for every top five movie correctly named, two points for every correct placement, and one extra point for the top movie.