CATEGORIES Action, Animation, Comedy, Family Films, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeAs I'm sure everyone has heard by now, the newest Twilight film made CRAZY money over the weekend. The Blind Side made a pretty respectable showing as well, though still taking a distant second. Here's the top five:
1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: $142.8 million
2. The Blind Side: $34.1 million
3. 2012: $26.4 million
4. Planet 51: $12.29 million
5. A Christmas Carol: $12.28 million
This weeks new releases offer one part action to one part comedy, plus we have a kids film going into wider release.
What's It All About: A skilled assassin swears vengeance on the secret order that trained him after they murder his friend.
Why It Might Do Well: This is produced by the Wachowskis, the team behind the Matrix films, so I imagine the martial arts action will be something to behold.
Why It Might Not Do Well: A lack of star power may be a problem.
Number of Theaters: 2,500
Prediction: $10 million
What's It All About: Robin Williams plays a middle aged man who suddenly finds out that he has six-year-old twins with a woman he hasn't seen in years, and his bachelor buddy John Travolta helps him adjust to life as a father.
Why It Might Do Well: I really love that bit in the commercial where a terrified Seth Green sings "All Out of Love" to a gorilla.
Why It Might Not Do Well: I suspect that gorilla gag may be all the film has to offer, as the film is only getting 10% over at Rottentomatoes.com.
Number of Theaters: 3,300
Prediction: $32 million
And going into wider release:
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
What's It All About: The wily title character and his fellow animals must outwit some not-too-bright farmers in this stop-motion animated family feature.
Why It Might Do Well: The character design and celebrity voices (George Clooney and Meryl Streep among others) are very appealing and Rottentomatoes.com is giving it 92%.
Why It Might Not Do Well: The theater count isn't huge and between New Moon and all the other big releases, this one may have trouble finding an audience.
Number of Theaters: 2,000
Prediction: $12 million
With the kind of money New Moon has already taken in, is there anyone left who wants to see the film but hasn't? I suspect Edward and the gang may have enough momentum to hold on to number one for another week:
1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
2. Old Dogs
3. The Blind Side
4. Ninja Assassin
A lot of us were expecting 2012 to hang on to the number two spot, and a handful expected Precious to make the top five. WJDR (is this guy a radio station?) and Gregory Rubinstein led the back with a score of ten each. Here's how we all did:
1. WJDR: 10
1. Gregory Rubinstein: 10
2. patronofchaos: 9
3. Matt: 8
3. Brad G.: 8
3. English Gavz: 8
3. Brandon: 8
4. NP: 7
4. CParis: 7
4. Sebastian: 7
4. Ryan: 7
4. Alex Focker: 7
4. Ray: 7
4. Jeff: 7
4. Garrett: 7
4. lostinafog: 7
4. Vera: 7
4. greatone: 7
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.