CATEGORIES Action, Comedy, Drama, Box Office, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeWill Ferrell's 70s basketball comedy came in first for the weekend, but pulled in a lot less loot than most people had expected. The Other Boleyn Girl's modest success pushed the flick to fourth place, with the rest of the top five filling out with holdovers from previous weeks. Last week's other new release, Penelope, took in only $3.8 million which earned it the ninth place spot. Here's the rundown:
1. Semi Pro: $15 million
2. Vantage Point: $12.8 million
3. The Spiderwick Chronicles: $8.7 million
4. The Other Boleyn Girl: $8.2 million
5. Jumper: $7.5 million
More after the jump ... We've got three big releases this week:
What's It All About: Here's a film that will get prehistoric on your ass. Director Roland Emmerich presents an epic tale of the early days of mankind, even before there was betamax. In prehistoric times a young warrior treks across unknown terrain to rescue his cavegirl who has been kidnapped by a warlord.
Why It Might Do Well: I'm always up for a big special effects extravaganza when it's done well, and Emmerich did give us Independence Day and Stargate. I think we're looking at next week's number one movie here.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Emmerich can also be blamed for the 1998 American version of Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow.
Number of Theaters: 3,300
Prediction: $36 million
The Bank Job
What's It All About: Jason Statham stars in a heist thriller based on a 1971 London bank robbery. Statham's character is enticed into stealing the contents of several safe deposit boxes, not realizing the scandal and corruption he is about to become embroiled in.
Why It Might Do Well: Oceans 11 through 13 have shown there's a market for heist flicks, and a 79% rating at rottentomatoes.com suggests this one may bring in some bucks.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The public's appetite for tales of true life scandal is only so big. I... Sorry, I thought I could say that without laughing.
Number of Theaters: 1,350
Prediction: $5 million
College Road Trip
What's It All About: Raven Symone plays a young woman taking a road trip to visit colleges she's thinking of attending. Much to her chagrin, her overprotective father, played by Martin Lawrence, is tagging along.
Why It Might Do Well: Symone comes with an established fan base after appearing in 101 episodes of That's So Raven on The Disney Channel.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Those of us who remember Symone as a cute little kid on The Cosby Show may find it too disturbing to think she's old enough for college, and in fact she's 22 years old. God I'm old. Also, with Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins still out there, can the universe withstand two Martin Lawrence movies in release at the same time without imploding?
Number of Theaters: 2,500
Prediction: $16 million
For next week I think the public will be swayed by the allure of CGI saber tooth tigers. Here's my forecast.
1. 10,000 B.C.
2. College Road Trip
4. Vantage Point
5. The Spiderwick Chronicles
No perfect scores this week, but a valiant attempt was made by all. Congrats to Ray, Anna07 and Kevin for taking first place with a lucky score of 13 to each of them. Here's how everybody did:
1. Ray: 13
1. Anna07: 13
1. Kevin: 13
3. Jmoney: 11
3. Smiggy: 11
3. Josh: 11
3. AJ Wiley: 11
4. I Eat Robots: 10
5. AAron: 7
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.