CATEGORIES Drama, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeHoliday humor proved to be what the public was looking for over Thanksgiving weekend as Four Christmases led the pack. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman's historical epic Australia took fifth, while last week's third newbie Transporter 3 finished way down in seventh place. Here's the top five:
1. Four Christmases: $31 million
2. Bolt: $26.5 million
3. Twilight: $26.3 million
4. Quantum of Solace: $18.8 million
5. Australia: $14.8 million
We've got three new releases this week:
What's It All About: Set in the 1950s, Cadillac Records follows the lives of several music legends including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf and Elvis Presley.
Why It Might Do Well: A 60% fresh rating at Rottentomatoes.com.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The relatively small release will keep it out of the top five.
Number of Theaters: 600
Prediction: $5 million
Punisher: War Zone
What's It All About: Ray Stevenson takes over the title role of the skull-wearing, gun-toting anti-hero and this time he's taking on a mobster called Jigsaw.
Why It Might Do Well: Who doesn't like to watch things blow up?
Why It Might Not Do Well: The Punisher is kind of the ugly stepchild of Marvel Superheroes. Despite two previous films he's not particularly well known outside of comic book circles and this film lacks the star power of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.
Number of Theaters: 2,400
Prediction: $9 million
What's It All About: Alan Rickman stars in this dark comedy as an egomaniacal Nobel Prize winner who refuses to pay the ransom for his kidnapped son. Eliza Dushku also stars.
Why It Might Do Well: Rickman rocks.
Why It Might Not Do Well: As with Cadillac Records, this one can only do so well with such a small release.
Number of Theaters: 750
Prediction: $2 million
I don't see any of these new releases taking the top spot. Here's how I think it will go:
1. Four Christmases
4. Punisher: War Zone
5. Quantum of Solace
Most of us didn't expect Four Christmases to do as well as it did, so no perfect scores from last week. Here's how we all did:
1. lostinafog: 12
2. CMWilliams: 11
3. hitesh choudhary: 9
4. Pat Campbell: 8
4. bk2ftr: 8
5. AJ Wiley: 7
5. cough: 7
6. VP: 6
7. jessejames: 5
7. Alex Farquharson: 5
7. Vera: 5
7. Matt: 5
6. Romel: 4
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.