Weekend Box Office #59
It's a five-day holiday weekend, which makes box office predictions difficult for the new releases. Still, I'll give it a shot --
ENCHANTED (3730 theaters). This is getting surprisingly good reviews -- surprising to me, anyway, because the commercials look so dippy. But it looks primed to hit big; it seems perfect for this weekend. $49.7 million for the five days.
HITMAN (2457 theaters). It's nice to see Timothy Olyphant getting a chance to star in things, and this should be the choice of a lot of guys home for the holidays. $27.6 million.
THE MIST (2423 theaters). The fact that Frank Darabont wrote and directed this makes it interesting, while the fact that (like his THE GREEN MILE and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) it is based on a Stephen King tale will help. This will definitely be the lesser of those three works, but look for it to do about $26.1 million.
AUGUST RUSH (2310 theaters). The commercials really don't make this look very good at all. $6.1 million.
THIS CHRISTMAS (1858 theaters). In contrast, the commercials for this make it look very solid. $18.6 million.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (expanding to 860 theaters). Hitman and The Mist might steal some of the mainstream audiences away from this, but it should perform fairly well. $9.3 million.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Travel safe.