CATEGORIES Comedy, Drama, Horror, Family Films, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeClint Eastwood proved to one and all that he's still got it, with his Gran Torino earning the strongest opening of his career. Personally I had expected a stronger showing for Bedtime Stories in its second week, but it placed sixth. Here's the top five:
1. Gran Torino: $29.4 million
2. Bride Wars: $21 million
3. The Unborn: $19.8 million
4. Marley and Me: $11.3 million
5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: $9.2 million
Four more new ones this week:
Hotel For Dogs
What's It All About: Two kids living in foster care have to find a new home for their dog. After they find an abandoned hotel they are soon housing scads of homeless canines.
Why It Might Do Well: Recent flicks like Marley and Me and Bolt show there's always room for a shaggy dog story.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Looks like a cute premise for kids, but lacks that cross-over appeal for grownups.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $14 million
My Bloody Valentine 3-D
What's It All About: Yes, it's another horror remake, and this time it's a slasher film from 1981 that's being recycled. A young man returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of a series of brutal killings and finds himself suspected of committing the atrocity.
Why It Might Do Well: Although it's not being used in all theaters, the 3-D effect should bring in a lot of folks who might have otherwise passed on this one.
Why It Might Not Do Well: One of the reasons remakes are so common is they allow a studio to capitalize on an existing brand. In this case, however, unless you're an old school horror fan the title won't be all that recognizable.
Number of Theaters: 2,300
Prediction: $26 million
What's It All About: The hotly anticipated biopic of rapper Notorious B.I.G.
Why It Might Do Well: Rottentomatoes.com is giving this one an impressive 80% fresh.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Despite critical acclaim, will non-rap fans be interested?
Number of Theaters: 1,600
Prediction: $10 million
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
What's It All About: King of Queens star Kevin James plays the title role in this comedy about a mall cop who takes his job very seriously even though no one else does.
Why It Might Do Well: King of Queens ran for nine seasons, so James must have some fans.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Alas, the more I see the trailer the dopier it seems.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $12 million
Here's how I think next week's top five will go:
1. My Bloody Valentine 3-D
2. Gran Torino
3. Hotel for Dogs
4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
5. Bride Wars
This was a tough week to call with no perfect scores and a lower than average overall score (should I be grading on a curve?), but congrats to Lostinafog for bringing in the top score. Here's how we all did:
1. LostinaFog: 11
2. Vera: 8
3. Alex Farquharson: 7
3. Ray: 7
3. I Eat Robots: 7
4. Coburn: 6
4. Gabe: 6
5. zach: 4
5. Matt: 4
5. Greg: 4
5. AJ Wiley: 4
5. greatone: 4
5. 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.