1. Taken: $24.7 million
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop: $13.8 million
3. The Uninvited: $10.3 million
4. Hotel for Dogs: $8.6 million
5. Gran Torino: $8.2 million
Four new releases and there's a double dose of Dakota.
What's It All About: Based on a book by renowned fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and directed by Henry Selick (who helmed The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach), this stop-motion animated feature tells the story of a young girl who discovers a parallel world she likes much better than her normal, mundane existence. Voice talent includes Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane, and Teri Hatcher.
Why It Might Do Well: Personally, the participation of Gaiman and Selick has me sold on this one. The way-cool trailer and 80% rating at Rottentomatoes.com are just icing on the cake.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The story may be too dark for younger kids.
Number of Theaters: 2,100
Prediction: $12 million
He's Just Not That Into You
What's It All About: Based on the bestselling book of the same name, this is a romantic comedy about modern relationships.
Why It Might Do Well: The cast, which includes Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, and Kevin Connolly is pretty impressive, and the film is scoring 80% fresh over at Rottentomatoes.com.
Why It Might Not Do Well: This looks tailor-made for younger adult audiences which may alienate older moviegoers.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $19 million
The Pink Panther 2
What's It All About: For the second time Steve Martin attempts to fill Peter Sellers' shoes in the role of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.
Why It Might Do Well: 2006's Pink Panther took in $82 million domestically, representing a sizable audience. Also, hiring John Cleese to play Chief Inspector Dreyfus is downright inspired casting.
Why It Might Not Do Well: That $82 million made by the previous film is less impressive when you take into account the $80 million production budget.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $24 million
What's It All About: Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning respectively play a telekinetic and a precognitive who are on the run from a shady government organization that wants to exploit their powers in this action thriller.
Why It Might Do Well: The comic book geek in me has a soft spot for movies about people with super powers.
Why It Might Not Do Well: It makes me think of Jumper, a thriller that left me less than thrilled.
Number of Theaters: 2,200
Prediction: $15 million
Here's what I think next week's Blartless top five will look like.
1. The Pink Panther 2
2. He's Just Not That Into You
The average score is inching upwards, and the aptly named greatone and I tied for first. Here's how we all did.
1. greatone: 11
1. Matt: 11
2. interjected: 10
3. Zach: 9
3. cough: 9
3. English Gavz: 9
3. VP: 9
4. LostinaFog: 8
4. NP: 8
4. Ray: 8
5. forgotaboutgabe: 7
6. Vera: 6
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.