CATEGORIES Action, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family Films, Box Office Predictions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeTwelve years after Titanic, James Cameron once again has the number one film in America, with his science fiction epic Avatar making more money than all other films in current release combined. Things weren't quite as rosy for the romantic comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? Here's the top five:
2. The Princess and the Frog: $12.2 million
3. The Blind Side: $10 million
4. Did You Hear About the Morgans?: $7 million
5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: $4.4 million
We've got three new contenders as we go into the Christmas weekend with two flicks going into wider release.
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (on Wednesday)
What's It All About: Those furry little CGI crooners are back for more. This time they're entering a singing contest to save their school's music program, though they face stiff competition from a trio of female singing chipmunks.
Why It Might Do Well: 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks had a $44 million opening weekend, and let's face it, these guys have the cute going on.
Why It Might Not Do Well: It's still early but Rottentomatoes.com is giving this a paltry 22%.
Number of Theaters: 3,700
Prediction: $39 million
What's It All About: Comedy starring Meryl Streep who plays a woman who begins an affair with her remarried ex-husband played by Alec Baldwin.
Why It Might Do Well: A romantic comedy makes a good counter programmer for this week's other newbies. The cast, which also includes Steve Martin should be a big draw.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Why? Well, it's complicated.
Number of Theaters: 2,800
Prediction: $22 million
What's It All About: The latest of many film incarnations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective.
Why It Might Do Well: With Robert Downey Jr. in the lead and Jude Law playing Holmes' friend and associate Dr. Watson, there's some serious star power at work. Also, the period setting looks pretty cool.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Those chipmunks may prove a more dangerous adversary than Professor Moriarty.
Number of Theaters: 3,600
Prediction: $36 million
And going into wider release:
What's It All About: Musical extravaganza based on the hit Broadway show that was inspired by Fellini's 8 1/2. A world famous Italian film director faces a creative and personal crisis while balancing the many women in his life.
Why It Might Do Well: Have you seen that musical number with Kate Hudson?
Why It Might Not Do Well: Not sure a film about an adulterous character will be big especially around the holidays.
Number of Theaters: 1,500
Prediction: $9 million
Up in the Air
What's It All About: A workaholic human resource administrator lives his life flying around the U.S. as he works to reach his one millionth frequent flyer mile.
Why It Might Do Well: George Clooney plays a compelling lead character and Rottentomatoes.com gives it 90%.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Going against the holiday blockbusters might be tough for this type of film.
Number of Theaters: 1,895
Prediction: $14 million
Here's how I see next week's top five going:
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
3. Sherlock Holmes
4. It's Complicated
5. Up in the Air
Ray, Vera and WJDR led the pack last week. Here's how we all did:
1. Ray: 13
1. Vera: 13
1. WJDR: 13
2. greatone: 12
3. Gregory Rubinstein: 11
3. RayA: 11
4. Matt: 9
4. Ryan: 9
4. Hitesh choudhary: 9
4. Sebastian: 9
4. Jordan: 9
4. Brandon: 9
4. Garrett: 9
5. English Gavz: 8
6. lostinafog: 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.alvin