Our Picks (November 4- November 6)
|Ethan||Thereís no way youíll catch me going to see Tower Heist this weekend, but I have to think a lot of other people are going to be doing just that. After a very strong opening last weekend and the positive reviews, Puss in Boots is easily going to slide into the 2 spot ahead of Harold and Kumar, mostly because thatís a pretty niche movie about a holiday a month and 18 days away. But college kids are out there in droves, so the comedy grabs three with no real competition from Paranormal Activity 3 happening after Halloween and an already poorly performing and universally panned In Time.|
|Evan||Tough weekend to pick, especially with the holiday themed movies. Isn't it a little early for a Christmas movie? Even if it is a comedy. And Halloween is over so I foresee a large drop for Paranormal. Tower Heist has a good cast, but I think Puss in Boots will stay at the top as the only family movie out there. On a side note, finally made it to the theater to see Moneyball. Yeah, I know, a little behind the times, but I enjoyed it.|
1. Tower Heist - People seem to like Stiller when he's playing an everyman and Murphy when he's in something that doesn't look like complete garbage. I've also got a weird feeling that it may get a little extra push due to the Occupy movement .
2. Puss in Boats - the market on family films is pretty much cornered by this film at the moment. Good reviews won't hurt families from going this week as well.
3. In Time - I can't give you a good reason why this will be here. My reasoning is more that I don't think Harold & Kumar doing Christmas can be this high (ha) this early in the season and I don't see people going to Paranormal 3 in droves this late after Halloween, though it is All Saint's Day-Month.
4. A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas - I see this film rising as the weeks go on, but I imagine a slow start.
5. Paranormal Activity 3 - There's probably a few people who are still clamoring for horror who didn't get to the theater in the past 2 weeks.
Brace yourself, Jack & Jill is coming.
The Top Five
|#1||Puss in Boots||$33 million||Week 2|
|#2||Tower Hesit||$25.1 million||Week 1|
|#3||A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas||$13.1 million||Week 1|
|#4||Paranormal Activity 3||$8.53 million||Week 3|
|#5||In Time||$7.7 million||Week 2|
|Evan calls Puss in Boots as the top spot this week, and takes home a perfect record again as Ethan and Dan both thought Tower Heist and its broad appeal would win the weekend. However, the impressive thing for Puss isnít even that it beat Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy, itís that it only made one million dollars less than last weekend. In a box office world where a normal movie usually loses 20%-30% from week to week, the Dreamworks film shows that swashbuckling cats are really, really popular. The other new movie, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, grabs third, which our guys all called, but opens on a low end at $13 million, being so far from the actual holiday. Then we get last weekís number 2 and 3 dropping down to 4 and 5 per the better performing movies out there.|
Standings (All-Time in Parenthesis)
|1-4 (41-64)||3-2 (42-63)||0-0 (27-38)||0-0 (0-5)||0-0 (19-16)||0-0 (8-7)||0-0 (1-4)||0-0 (3-2)|