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.