Well, I finally got a box office prediction right. I predicted I would be wrong again, and I was right. First Sunday stole the thunder from under The Bucket List and Juno this weekend and surprised a lot of people with a far better showing than expected. You might say they almost “kicked the bucket”.

The Bucket List, that Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman death movie, finished first with $19,540,000 — better than a lot of people predicted. But First Sunday finished close behind at $19,000,000.

We may have to wait for official numbers to determine who actually finished in the lead this weekend. These are just unofficial estimates from Box Office Mojo at the moment. But Ice Cube’s movie definitely pulled a fast one on all the other contenders this weekend, including Juno. Lots of people (including Film School Reject’s very own Neil Miller) picked this movie to win this weekend’s box office, and it wasn’t wishful thinking for a lot of people either. This movie had been winning this week at the box office and finishing in first place.

But then Friday came along and that was the end of the line for Juno. It did pretty decent business this weekend: $14,000,000 on 2448 screens. But that wasn’t enough to win this weekend, because these other two movies exceeded all expectations.

Here’s the full Top Ten list from Box Office Mojo:

Predicted Gross
The Bucket List
First Sunday
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Alvin and the Chipmunks
I Am Legend
One Missed Call
P.S. I Love You
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything

Incidentally, In the Name of the King finished 14th with $3,265,000 during its opening weekend.

Other stuff: in terms of overall box office I Am Legend is now up to $240,234,000 for sixth place overall among 2007 releases, ahead of The Bourne Ultimatum. As well, both Alvin and the Chipmunks and National Treasure: Book of Secrets have both now moved ahead of The Simpsons Movie in overall box office gross. Alvin currently holds the tenth spot with $187,740,000 but Book of Secrets is very close behind at $187,295,000 and will probably move ahead of Alvin into tenth place sometime this week. The Simpsons Movie, which finished with $183 mil during its US release, has officially finished at twelfth overall for 2007.

So this was a very interesting and eventful weekend at the box office, as it turned out. As I say, betting on the box office is a good way to stress yourself out. Don’t do it. Stress is a good way for people to kick the bucket.

See you later this week for another Reject Report!

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