CATEGORIES Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Trailer Trash, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Remakes and Sequels, Trailers and Clips, CinematicalOnce again the Independence Day holiday proved successful for Will Smith. Hancock launched on Tuesday night, had a total of $103.9 million by weekend's end and provided Smith with his eighth consecutive film to open at number one. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, which went into wider release last weekend, finished in eighth place. Here's the top five:
1. Hancock $62.6 million
2. Wall-E $32.5 million
3. Wanted $20 million
4. Get Smart $11.1 million
5. Kung Fu Panda $7.3 million
Three new ones this week with (surprise) yet another superhero flick gunning for the top spot.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
What's It All About: Ron Perlman returns as Hellboy, a demon employed by the U.S. government to do battle against the things that go bump in the night. Denizens of a mystical world of supernatural creatures are about to wage war upon humanity, and Hellboy, the scarlet skinned scourge of evil, must stop them. Also returning are Doug Jones as the aquatic Abe Sapien (voicing the character himself this time, and not being dubbed by David Hyde Pierce) and Selma Blair as the pyrokinetic Liz.
Why It Might Do Well: In a nutshell: Guillermo del Toro. The man behind the original Hellboy film is back. In addition to being rejoined by the original cast, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola collaborated on the script. Also, we're talking 90% from Rottentomatoes.com.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Who's going to go see a movie based on a comic book? Oh, wait...
Number of Theaters: 2,900
Prediction: $42 million
Journey To The Center of the Earth
What's It All About: Jules Verne's novel about an expedition to a world hidden within the Earth's core is adapted once again, this time starring Brendan Fraser.
Why It Might Do Well: When I saw Beowulf in 3-D my socks were blown clean off. Hell, I still haven't found them. The process can make for quite a spectacle. Also, Rottentomatoes.com gives the film an 86% fresh rating.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Aside from the 3-D, does the film really have anything to offer?
Number of Theaters: 2,700
Prediction: $22 million
What's It All About: Teeny tiny aliens arrive on Earth in a vehicle shaped like Eddie Murphy. Yes, you read that correctly.
Why It Might Do Well: This is the same star/director combo that gave us Norbit, and while that flick is not my cup of tea, it did gross $159 million worldwide.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Again, we have the Norbit connection.
Number of Theaters: 2,950
Prediction: $14 million
It's a tough call this week with three new releases joining several films that still have quite a bit of life in them. Here's how I think it will go:
1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
3. Journey to the Center of the Earth
5. Meet Dave
Congratulations to CastleKnight, VP and Bradford Oman for their dead on predictions. Here's how we all did:
1. CastleKnight: 16
1. VP: 16
1. Bradford Oman: 16
2. Matt: 13
2. Chris: 13
2. Tim: 13
2. DarkAgair: 13
2. lostinfog: 13
2. jessejames: 13
3. Awesomepants: 11
3. AJ Wiley: 11
3. Mario: 11
3. Romel: 11
3. cough: 11
3. Ray: 11
3. Gregory Rubinstein: 11
3. airtoast: 11
4. filmsuki: 6
Got a better prediction than mine? Let's here about it. 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