1. Beverly Hills Chihuahua: $17.5 million
2. Quarantine: $14.2 million
3. Body of Lies: $12.8 million
4. Eagle Eye: $10.9 million
5. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: $6.4 million
Four more new ones this week starting with:
What's It All About: In this video game adaptation, Mark Wahlberg plays a widowed cop with an attitude investigating a series of killings.
Why It Might Do Well: Director John Moore has obviously seen Sin City, so maybe some of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's dark and gritty neo noir cool will rub off. Based just on the number of theaters I'm betting this takes the number one spot.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Despite having enjoyed Resident Evil, I still cringe at the idea of a movie based on a video game.
Number of Theaters: 3,200
Prediction: $24 million
The Secret Life of Bees
What's It All About: In this film based on Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson play two friends who run away together in South Carolina in 1964. Three sisters take the two girls in and teach them how to raise bees. The film also stars Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys.
Why It Might Do Well: The book has its followers and the cast will make many take notice.
Why It Might Not Do Well: A 58% Rotten over at Rottentomatoes.com may not bode well, and the film's undeniable chick flick status will keep many testosterone- based life forms away.
Number of Theaters: 1,400
Prediction: $4.5 million
What's It All About: Determined not to start college as a virgin, a teenage nerd embarks upon a road trip from Chicago to Knoxville for a sexual liason with a hottie he met on the internet.
Why It Might Do Well: Well, this same plot worked pretty well for John Cusack in The Sure Thing, so why not? On a less cynical note, Rottentomatoes.com is giving the film a 70% Fresh rating.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The recycled plot mixed with an obvious attempt to duplicate Judd Apatow's style leaves me with serious doubts.
Number of Theaters: 2,400
Prediction: $8.5 million
What's It All About: Yes, one of The Goonies has been elected president. This biopic of George W. Bush stars Josh Brolin and is directed by Oliver Stone.
Why It Might Do Well: That Stone fellow has had a hit or two in his day.
Why It Might Not Do Well: There's plenty of Presidential shenanigans in the real world right now. Are people going to want to see more of it at the movies?
Number of Theaters: 2,000
Prediction: $15 million
Will the Chihuahuas take number one again? Doubtful. Here's how I see things working out:
1. Max Payne
3. Beverly Hills Chihuahua
4. Sex Drive
Mirroring recent events in the stock market, box office prediction scores plunged sharply this week because almost none of us foresaw Beverly Hills Chihuahua holding the top spot for two weeks and most of us figured on a better performance from Body of Lies. No perfect predictions, but kudos to I Eat Robots for the highest score. Here's how we all did:
1. I Eat Robots: 8
2. Micah: 7
3. VP: 6
3. Vera: 6
3. lostinafog: 6
3. bill: 6
3. Alex Farquharson: 6
4. Matt: 4
4. AJ Wiley: 4
4. Ray: 4
4. hitesh choudhary: 4
4. Jessica Dillon: 4
4. Liz: 4
4. cough: 4
5. Pat Campbell: 3
5. NP: 3
Will Wahlberg's Max give this week's other releases a taste of Payne? Oh god, that was dreadful. Anyway, 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.