CATEGORIES Action, Box Office, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Remakes and Sequels, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeWell, the Prince is certainly no pauper, but some expected the latest installment in The Chronicles of Narnia to have a more auspicious debut. Prince Caspian fell about $10 million short of the opening weekend figures for 2005's The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Still, the fantasy adventure was enough to knock Iron Man down a peg after two weeks in the number one spot. Here's the top five:
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: $55 million
2. Iron Man: $31.8 million
3. What Happens in Vegas: $13.8 million
4. Speed Racer: $8.1 million
5. Made of Honor: $4.7 million
Just one movie coming out this week, people, but it's going to be a doozy.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
What's It All About: Indiana who? I kid, I kid. Nearly twenty years after the last installment in the series, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas join forces once again to regale the world with an adventure from the character who may damn well be the ass-kickingest action hero to ever grace the silver screen. Karen Allen also returns as Marion Ravenwood, a character we haven't seen since 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Indy's young sidekick is played by Shia LaBeouf.
Why It Might Do Well: The film scored 79% at Rottentomatoes.com, Cinematical's own Scott Weinberg gave the film his seal of approval, and this is Indiana Freakin' Jones, people! I don't know about you, but last weekend's Indiana Jones marathon on the Sci-Fi Channel got me pumped and I am DYING to see this one.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The Connecticut Cadre of Kate Capshaw Kibitzers are threatening to boycott the film because Ms. Capshaw will not be reprising her role from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but aside from them I think everyone's going.
Number of Theaters: 3,900
Prediction: $105 million
Like last week, with only one major release this week the prediction looks pretty cut and dried:
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
3. Iron Man
4. What Happens in Vegas
5. Speed Racer
Seven of us pulled in perfect scores in last week's competition. Thanks to all the good folks who took part. Here's how we all did:
1. zach: 16
1. Matt: 16
1. Alpz: 16
1. jessejames: 16
1. I Eat Robots: 16
1. blaise: 16
1. Gregory Rubinstein: 16
2. AJ Wiley: 12
2. Awesomepants: 12
2. Brent Todd: 12
2. dtzamaras: 12
2. Ray: 12
2. Max: 12
2. DarkAgair: 12
3. Erin: 10
4. David Brown: 9
4. Smiggy: 9
5. Aaron: 7
Post your predictions for the top five movies in the comments section below before 5:00PM Eastern Time 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.