1. Avatar: $48.5 million
2. Sherlock Holmes: $16.6 million
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: $16.3 million
4. Daybreakers: $15 million
5. It's Complicated: $11 million
Two new releases this week, with another going into wider release.
The Book of Eli
What's It All About: In a post-apocalyptic world (not to be confused with a Post Raisin Bran world) Denzel Washington fights to protect a book that might save humanity.
Why It Might Do Well: End of the world themes are big lately (2012, Daybreakers, The Road) so what's one more look at Armageddon among friends?
Why It Might Not Do Well: 13% at Rottentomatoes.com doesn't fill me with confidence, though at the moment that only includes 8 reviews.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction: $36 million
The Spy Next Door
What's It All About: Family comedy starring Jackie Chan as a CIA agent who want to get out of the espionage game but finds his greatest challenge in winning over his fiancee's three children.
Why It Might Do Well: Chan has made a dollar or two at the box office before, and as far as kids' flicks go those chipmunks will have to run out of steam sooner or later.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Kids might enjoy this one but there doesn't seem to be much grown up appeal.
Number of Theaters: 2,800
Prediction: $16 million
And going into wider release:
The Lovely Bones
What's It All About: Based on the best-selling novel, this is the story of a murdered teenage girl who watches from the afterlife as her family tries to cope with the tragedy.
Why It Might Do Well: Director Peter Jackson brought in some serious box office bucks when he helmed the Lord of the Rings movies.
Why It Might Not Do Well: A paltry 39% rating at Rottentomatoes.com.
Number of Theaters: 2,400
Prediction: $19 million
Still not seeing anything that's going to knock Avatar out of the top spot. Here's my prediction for next weekend.
2. The Book of Eli
3. The Lovely Bones
4. The Spy Next Door
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel
And here's how we all did with our predictions:
1. Matt: 13
1. Brandon: 13
1. greatone: 13
2. Stephie: 12
2. Smiggy: 12 (by the way, loved the haiku, but you were missing a syllable from the second line)
3. lostingafog: 9
3. English Gavz: 9
3. WJDR: 9
3. Bob: 9
4. Sebastian: 7
4. Vera: 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.