1. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: $54.7 million
2. Julie & Julia: $20 million
3. G-Force: $9.8 million
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $8.9 million
5. Funny People: $7.9 million
Can't remember the last time we had five new releases in one week, but here we are:
What's It All About: High school friends join forces to form a band to compete in a competition that may win them a recording contract.
Why It Might Do Well: There are only six reviews in at the moment but Rottentomatoes.com gives it 67% fresh.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Seems kind of like a cross between High School Musical and The Rocker with no star power to speak of.
Number of Theaters: 2,000
Prediction: $7 million
What's It All About: Thirty years ago a space ship carrying the last survivors of an insect-like alien race landed in South Africa. The alien refugees have been housed in District 9 and the governments of the world are fighting for control of the aliens' technology.
Why It Might Do Well: Peter Jackson is serving as producer, the trailer looks pretty cool, and although only fifteen reviews have been tallied so far Rottentomatoes.com is giving a whopping 100%.
Why It Might Not Do Well: I suppose it's possible that someone might find the resemblance to Alien Nation off-putting.
Number of Theaters: 2,900
Prediction: $36 million
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
What's It All About: Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) is a used car liquidator called in to help out a failing dealership. Hilarity (hopefully) ensues.
Why It Might Do Well: While the cast is far from stellar, Jeremy Piven, James Brolin, Ving Rhames, and Alan Thicke make for a potentially interesting mix.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The trailer seems to suggest they're going for Apatow-esque shenanigans but instead are just being silly.
Number of Theaters: 1,500
Prediction: $5 million
What's It All About: This anime feature being released stateside by Disney is inspired by The Little Mermaid (the fairy tale, not the previous Disney flick) and tells the story of a goldfish who yearns to be human.
Why It Might Do Well: The film has already made $184 million overseas and with six reviews in it's scoring 100% with Rottentomatoes.com.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Small release will keep it out of the top five and the distinctly Japanese style may turn-off viewers expecting the usual Disney fare.
Number of Theaters: 800
Prediction: $5 million
The Time Traveler's Wife
What's It All About: Eric Bana is a man with a rare genetic disorder that causes him to travel uncotrollably through time and Rachel McAdams plays the woman with whom he attempts to build a relationship.
Why It Might Do Well: A blending of romance and science fiction may unite two very different audience types.
Why It Might Not Do Well: That 29% at Rottentomatoes.com does not bode well.
Number of Theaters: 2,700
Prediction: $18 million
Here's my prediction for next week:
1. District 9
2. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
3. The Time Traveler's Wife
4. Julie & Julia
Pretty much everyone guessed the top five correctly but getting them in the right order proved to be the real trick. Englsh Gavz and Vera took the lead with perfect scores. Here's how we all did:
1. English Gavz: 16
1. Vera: 16
2. Matt: 12
2. VP: 12
2. NP: 12
3. WJDR: 10
3. Ray: 10
3. pyrofenix: 10
3. greatone: 10
4. TheCritic28: 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.