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.