Box Office Predictions (Dec. 19-21)

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After an obvious and boring box office last weekend with The Day The Earth Stood Still taking the crown with $31 million, we have an interesting matchup this weekend.  Two box office heavyweights battle it out:  Will Smith vs. Jim Carrey… oh and there’s also an animated mouse adventure film.  Who will top the box office?  Let’s break it down…

While Will Smith is known for attracting a huge crowd for all of his movies (Hancock, I Am Legend, Independence Day, the list goes on and on), I’m not sure if Seven Pounds will do the same.  I’m not even sure what the movie is about.  The trailers and commercials do little to explain exactly what’s going on… but if there’s one thing I took out of it, Seven Pounds is a serious melodrama.  Since it’s not the comedy or action film that Will Smith fans enjoy so much, I doubt this film grosses over $25 million.

On the other hand, Jim Carrey’s film is right in his comfort zone.  Yes Man (or Liar Liar Part II?) is opening the widest across the nation this weekend (over 3,400 theaters) and should be the dose of relief the American people needs to escape from the craze of the holidays… a light comedy.  I expect this film to beat out the competition this weekend.

And then there’s The Tale of Despereaux, the G-rated film that should be a kid’s delight, but how many kids know about this film?  Nonetheless, it’s an animation and never count out a surprising opening for these films.

Here are our predictions for this weekend…

My Predictions:

1.  Yes Man – $26 million
2.  Seven Pounds – $22 million
3.  The Tale of Despereaux – $14 million
4.  The Day the Earth Stood Still – $13 million
5.  Four Christmases – $9 million

Dan’s Predictions:

1.  Seven Pounds – $25 million
2.  Yes Man – $23 million
3.  The Tale of Despereaux – $18 million
4.  The Day the Earth Stood Still – $11 million
5.  Four Christmases – $9 million

Phil’s Predictions:

1.  Yes Man – $25 million
2.  Seven Pounds – $18 million
3.  The Day the Earth Stood Still – $14 million
4.  The Tale of Despereaux – $11 million
5.  Four Christmases – $5 million

Check back Monday for the results.

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