Weekend Box Office #92
So this is a tough weekend to call; there are three pretty-big movies opening, and any of them could wind up number one.
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (3204 theaters). They are doing a good job promoting this movie, to make people (like me) who didn't see the first one interested in seeing the sequel, which I think will outgross the original. $30.2 million first three days.
MEET DAVE (3011 theaters). Eddie Murphy has completely lost his comic edge, but this movie looks harmless enough, though reviews haven't been great. I read the script a few years ago, and liked it, though I don't recognize much of it from the commercials I've seen. $26.7 million.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (2811 theaters). I think this may nab the number one spot, because it looks like a fun, visually-interesting adventure. But the LA Times calls it "tame", and though the 3D version is supposed to be a lot better, it's only in about 600 theaters, which are liable to be a lot more crowded than the 2D theaters showing this film. $38.2 million.
So that's my order. Journey, Hellboy, Meet Dave (though Hancock may be in that mix too). Feel free to post your predictions for order and $.