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.