Camp Crystal Lake was the place to be this weekend as Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees sliced through the competition with a winning attitude and a big honkin' machete. Confessions of a Shopaholic did reasonably well, taking fourth, but last week's third newbie The International ended up in seventh, proving that folks don't want to see a movie about a banking scandal during a global financial crisis. Here's the top five:
1. Friday the 13th: $40.7 million
2. He's Just Not That Into You: $19.6 million
3. Taken: $19 million
4. Confessions of a Shopaholic: $15 million
5. Coraline: $14.7 million
Both of this week's new releases are comedies, and both make me think this could be a good weekend to stay home with a good book.
What's It All About: Two high school jocks decide they like the male to female ratio at cheering camp better than football camp, and actually improve the lackluster cheering squad's chance to compete.
Why It Might Do Well: I lack the optimism to even make something up.
Why It Might Not Do Well: A plot that seems to blend Porky's, American Pie, and Bring It On to say nothing of a 33% rating at Rottentomatoes.com will probably keep this one out of the top five entirely.
Number of Theaters: 1,800
Prediction: $6 million
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail
What's It All About: Adapted for the screen from his stage play, Tyler Perry plays Madea an older woman who finds herself behind bars and befriending a prostitute played by The Cosby Show's Keshia Knight Pulliam.
Why It Might Do Well: Perry's films tend to make a reasonable if not earth shattering amount of money.
Why It Might Not Do Well: I had hoped that we as a society had evolved passed the "man in drag is automatically funny" notion, but apparently not. The trailer is downright painful.
Number of Theaters: 2,000
Prediction: $14 million
Despite Friday the 13th's strong start, will it have a sharp drop off in its second week? I'm betting it's going to hold the top spot one more time. Here' my top five prediction:
1. Friday the 13th
2. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail
3. He's Just Not That Into You
My apologies to Vera for miscounting her total last week. She in fact scored 11 which gave her top honors for the week. No perfect scores again this week, but greatone scored a lucky 13 apparently to commemorate the new slasher remake. Coincidence or perhaps a devilishly clever conspiracy? We may never know. Here's how we all did.
1. greatone: 13
2. JenJen: 10
2. Ray: 10
3. Matt: 9
3. English Gavz: 9
3. romuscaro: 9
3. Zach: 9
3. zimka: 9
3. NP: 9
4. f***ing leach: 8
5. I Eat Robots: 7
5. Alex Focker: 7
5. Julio: 7
5. VP: 7
6. forgotaboutgabe: 6
7. Greg: 5
8. Interjected: 4
8. cough: 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.