CATEGORIES Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Box Office, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeThis past weekend marked Pixar and Disney's tenth consecutive number one opener as Up took the box office by storm. Sam Raimi's new scare-fest Drag Me To Hell did okay taking third, but was still nudged down by last week's leader Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Here's the top five:
1. Up $68.1 million
2. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: $24.4 million
3. Terminator Salvation: $16.4 million
4. Drag Me to Hell: $15.8 million
5. Star Trek: $12.6 million
All three of this week's new releases are going for laughs but in very different ways.
What's It All About: Four friends head to Vegas for a bachelor party blowout, but the next morning the groom is missing, there's a tiger in their hotel bathroom and someone has left a baby with them. Yeah, if I had a nickel for every time...
Why It Might Do Well: Based on the trailer, this is the sort of drunken escapade everyone wishes they could brag about. At the moment Rottentomatoes.com is giving the flick a pretty sweet 100% fresh rating.
Why It Might Not Do Well: There's a lack of star power and some serious competition.
Number of Theaters: 3,200
Prediction: $26 million
Land of the Lost
What's It All About: In this reimagining of the classic Saturday morning TV show, Will Ferrell plays a scientist who finds himself transported to a world full of dinosaurs and lizard people.
Why It Might Do Well: Between the nostalgia factor and Ferrell's box office appeal, there will be some money made here.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Will Matt Lauer's fans keep away after the dissing he takes in the trailer?
Number of Theaters: 3,300
Prediction: $35 million
My Life in Ruins
What's It All About: Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, stars as a woman rediscovering her purpose in life while working as a tour guide in Greece.
Why It Might Do Well: Romance in an exotic local makes for a good bit of counter programming this week.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Greek Wedding came out seven years ago, so Vardalos has lost any momentum she might have had and Rottentomatoes.com is giving it 11%. The small release alone will be enough to keep this out of the top five.
Number of Theaters: 1,100
Prediction: $8 million
As much as I think Land of the Lost will do well, I think Up is going to hold onto the top spot for another week. Here's my prediction:
2. Land of the Lost
3. The Hangover
4. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
5. Terminator Salvation
Five of our stalwart prognosticators got perfect scores. Congratulations to them and thanks to everyone who participated. Here's how we all did:
1. Chooch: 16
1. Brandon: 16
1. Adam: 16
1. Ray: 16
1. The Poet: 16
2. cough: 12
2. WJDR: 12
2. Jebel72: 12
2. cablebfg: 12
2. Anthony: 12
2. Greg: 12
2. Matt Casa: 12
2. VP: 12
2. Curtis G: 12
2. greatone: 12
2. lostinafog: 12
3. Rich: 10
3. Vera: 10
3. jessejames: 10
4. tommy: 9
4. NP: 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.