1. Vantage Point: $22.8 million
We've got three major releases this week, each with some considerable star power, including an historical drama, a modern fairytale, and an ode to 70s basketball.
The Other Boleyn Girl
What's It All About: Based on a novel by Philippa Gregory, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson play sisters vying for the affections of the King of England. Eric Bana also stars as the leanest Henry VIII in film history.
Why It Might Do Well: It's got a dynamite cast, cool period costumes and lush set design combined with a story of love and lust at the highest levels of power.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Rottentomatoes.com is giving this one an underwhelming 43% rating
Number of Theaters: 1,000
Prediction: $4.5 million
What's It All About: Christina Ricci plays against type as a girl stricken by a family curse that gives her the face of a pig, and only the love of someone who can accept her for who she is can break the curse.
Why It Might Do Well: The trailer for this modern fairy tale is charming as hell, and Reese Witherspoon looks great as Penelope's rough around the edges friend.
Why It Might Not Do Well: With all the bigger films in current release, this one may get lost in the shuffle.
Number of Theaters: 1,200
What's It All About: Set in the 1970s, Will Ferrell plays a player/coach for the Flint Michigan Tropics basketball team.
Why It Might Do Well: If you loved Talladega Nights (which I did) and Blades of Glory (it wasn't bad) this should be right up your alley. Between Ferrell's fan base and the huge number of theaters this baby is opening in, I'm betting this is next week's number one film.
Why It Might Not Do Well: If a significant portion of the audience proves to be allergic to outdated hairstyles and polyester there could be trouble.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $25 million
Here's my prediction for next week:
2. Vantage Point
3. The Spiderwick Chronicles
5. The Other Boleyn Girl
Congratulations to Jmoney and Kevin for coming in first with perfect scores. Special consideration also goes to nakedgremlin and I Eat Robots for having such intriguing usernames. Here's how everybody did:
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