CATEGORIES Animation, Comedy, Foreign Language, Gay & Lesbian, Box Office, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeThings went wild this past weekend as Where the Wild Things Are took top honors. The action flick Law Abiding Citizen also premiered well and Paranormal Activity continues to astound, taking third place while only playing in 760 theaters. Here's the top five:
1. Where the Wild Things Are: $32.7 million
2. Law Abiding Citizen: $21 million
3. Paranormal Activity: $19.6 million
4. Couples Retreat: $17.2 million
5. The Stepfather: $11.6 million
Four new releases this week, three of which will be putting the Halloween spirit into people.
What's It All About: Hilary Swank and Richard Gere star in this biopic of aviator Amelia Earhart who disappeared during an attempt to fly around the world.
Why It Might Do Well: A historical drama is a pretty good counter programmer to all the horror and fantasy movies currently in release.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Right now we're looking at 17% at Rottentomatoes.com.
Number of Theaters: 800
Prediction: $6 million
What's It All About: Adaptation of the classic anime (that itself takes a page from Pinocchio) about a robot boy with incredible powers.
Why It Might Do Well: 73% at Rottentomatoes.com ain't too shabby.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Will this character that originated in the 1950s translate well in the twenty-first century?
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $16 million
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
What's It All About: A teenage boy becomes a vampire and joins up with a traveling carnival.
Why It Might Do Well: This one is based on a series of books so fans of the book at least are likely to check out the film. Also, I have to see John C. Reilly as a vampire.
Why It Might Not Do Well: A mere 29% at Rottentomatoes.com.
Number of Theaters: 2,750
Prediction: $12 million
What's It All About: Sixth installment in the horror franchise promises more limb twisting and entrail spilling.
Why It Might Do Well: All of the Saw sequels have broken $30 million on opening weekend, so this one should do almost as well.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Might audiences be ready for a more imaginative style of horror?
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $28 million
Here's how I suspect next week's top five will look:
1. Saw VI
2. Paranormal Activity
3. Where the Wild Things Are
4. Astro Boy
5. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
A lot of us were expecting Zombieland to hang in a little longer but it was not to be. Congrats to greatone (and yours truly) for scoring the highest. Here's how we all did:
1. Matt: 10
1. greatone: 10
2. WJDR: 9
2. Will: 9
2. Garrett: 9
2. lostinafog: 9
2. Ray: 9
2. Vera: 9
2. Jessica: 9
3. Sebastian: 8
4. Ryan: 7
4. Gregory Rubinstein: 7
4. JesseJames: 7
5. Focker: 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.