1. Marley and Me: $24.2 million
2. Bedtime Stories: $20.5 million
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: $18.6 million
4. Valkyrie: $14 million
5. Yes Man: $13.9 million
We've got three new releases and two films going into wider release starting with:
What's It All About: Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson star in this comedy about best friends who become bitter rivals when their weddings are scheduled for the same day.
Why It Might Do Well: We've got two highly charismatic leads and a cute premise that should appeal to women.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Men will run screaming from this one.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $21 million
Not Easily Broken
What's It All About: Based on a novel by T.D. Jakes, Not Easily Broken is the story of a married couple facing various crises involving money, children and faith.
Why It Might Do Well: To be honest, I'm at a loss.
Why It Might Not Do Well: A story that seems less than extraordinary and a small release will keep this out of the top five.
Number of Theaters: 600
Prediction: $3 million
What's It All About: Odette Yustman, of Cloverfield stars with Gary Oldman in this supernatural thriller that has a young woman fighting off possession by an evil entity eager to be born into our world.
Why It Might Do Well: If you like the scary stuff (and I do) the premise seems pretty cool, and the fact that it's written and directed by one of the writer's of The Dark Knight can't hurt.
Why It Might Not Do Well: There are a lot of strong films out there right now, and competition may be too stiff.
Number of Theaters: 2,200
Prediction: $11 million
And expanding into wider release are:
What's It All About: Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this story of a Korean War veteran coming to terms with his own prejudices in his increasingly multi-ethnic neighborhood.
Why It Might Do Well: Um, I believe I already said "Clint Eastwood." The film also scored 73% Fresh on Rottentomatoes.com.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Don't see that happening.
Number of Theaters: 2,600
Prediction: $15 million
What's It All About: A man recalls his romantic liason with a woman in Germany in the years following World War II and her subsequent trial for war crimes.
Why It Might Do Well: Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes play the leads and the film scores 61% Fresh at Rottentomatoes.com.
Why It Might Not Do Well: It will probably satisfy those looking for some arthouse drama.
Number of Theaters: Not available.
Prediction: Impossible to say without number of theaters.
Next week is a tricky call but here's how I think it will go:
1. Bride Wars
2. Gran Torino
3. Marley and Me
4. Bedtime Stories
5. The Unborn
I'm assuming last week's unusually light turnout for the competition was because of the New Years holiday and the lack of new releases. Either that or it's my breath. Anyway, here's how we all did:
1. Matt 16
1. Ray: 16
2. Gregory Rubinstein: 12
2. Vera: 12
3. Zack: 11
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.