Okay okay… so last weekend we all predicted Body of Lies to top Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and of course that failed miserably. The Chihuahuas were back at the top for a second straight week while Body of Lies bombed. We sure hope that won’t happen again (I’m confident it won’t).
This weekend there are four new releases, the biggest one being Max Payne – starring Mark Wahlberg based on a 2001 video game. This movie looks really cool, which is the main reason why I’m confident it’ll land the #1 spot at the box office.
Sex Drive will be featured in over 2,400 theaters and is the comedy of the weekend. Unfortunately, this is the only comedy out and with no stars in the cast I expect this film to bomb. Maybe the title will attract a decent teenager crowd, and they have done a good job advertising the film… but cracking the Top 5 might be a tough task.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, there’s an Oliver Stone film this weekend called W. that is based on our president George W. Bush. I don’t know whether it’s good or bad timing that W. is being released weeks prior to the election, but we’ll soon find out. Josh Brolin stars as George Bush with Thandie Newton as Condoleeza Rice.
The last new film being released this weekend is The Secret Life of Bees, starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys, basedon a novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Being released in 1,600 theaters and a relatively low word of mouth, don’t expect this film to be a smash hit, but don’t count this film completely out of the Top 5.
Now here are our predictions for the weekend:
1. Max Payne – $20 million
2. Quarantine – $13 million
3. Beverly Hills Chihuahua – $12 million
4. Sex Drive – $8 million
5. Body of Lies – $8 million
1. Max Payne – $22 million
2. Beverly Hills Chihuahua – $13 million
3. W. – $12 million
4. Quarantine – $9 million
5. The Secret Life of Bees – $8 million
1. Max Payne – $24 million
2. W. – $12 million
3. Beverly Hills Chihuahua – $11 million
4. The Secret Life of Bees – $7 million
5. Body of Lies – $6 million
This is quite an tough weekend to predict as you can see. Besides Max Payne topping all of our predictions, we have quite contrasting lists. Phil’s stand-out prediction is Sex Drive cracking the Top 5. Dan’s stand-out prediction is Beverly Hills Chihuahua placing second behind Max Payne. And my stand-out prediction is The Secret Life of Bees grossing $7 and placing #4 in the Top 5.
Let’s see how our predictions hold up.