CATEGORIES Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeMarking Fox's best non-holiday opening weekend ever, X-Men Origins: Wolverine hacked and slashed its way to the number one position. The romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past made a reasonable if unremarkable amount of cash, landing it in second place and the animated science fiction epic Battle For Terra landed way back in twelfth place, just barely cracking the $1 million mark. Here's the top five:
1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine: $85 million
2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: $15.4 million
3. Obsessed: $12 million
4. 17 Again: $6.3 million
5. Monsters Vs. Aliens: $5.8 million
Two new releases this week, at least one of which will boldly go where no one has gone before.
What's It All About: The long-running science fiction franchise gets a reboot, recasting the characters of the original TV series and exploring the early adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise.
Why It Might Do Well: The trailers have been pretty amazing and the plan to market this film as Star Trek for people who aren't Star Trek fans seems to be working. I'm not sure I've ever seen this happen before, but Rottentomatoes.com is giving Trek a 100% fresh rating.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Only a massive dilithium crystal failure could keep this out of the number one spot.
Number of Theaters: 3,500
Prediction: $82 million
Next Day Air
What's It All About: Action comedy about two small time crooks who think they've hit it big when the accidentally receive a large shipment of cocaine, but their attempts to cash in fail to go as expected.
Why It Might Do Well: Mos Def and Scrubs star Donald Faison may help bring people in, and this is a good counter programming solution to Star Trek.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The trailer makes me think this is the sort of mediocre film that will be playing in heavy rotation on Comedy Central for years to come, and it's not hitting very many theaters.
Number of Theaters: 1,000
Prediction: $7 million
Wolverine has set the bar pretty high for the summer blockbusters to come. Star Trek is a safe bet for number one, but will it open as strong as or perhaps better than that whirling mass of claws and sideburns? Here's what I think the top five will look like:
1. Star Trek
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
3. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
5. Next Day Air
I hope none of you are suffering from triskaidekaphobia because a freakishly large number of us pulled a 13 in last week's competition. Avoid taking black cats to the movies for the next week or so. Here's how we all did:
1. English Gavz: 13
1. Zack: 13
1. WJDR: 13
1. Matt: 13
1. jessejames: 13
1. cough: 13
1. Jebel72: 13
1. PT: 13
1. hitesh choudhary: 13
1. greatone: 13
1. Vera: 13
2. Ray: 11
3. Greg: 9
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.