The Reject Report: Christmas Comes Early!


Ho ho ho! Welcome to another brilliant weekend of predictions at The Reject Report! And a very special welcome to all of you members of the Writers Guild of America, East and West, who are looking in on this web site in between the picketing. This weekend we have three big wide releases with Fred Claus, Lions for Lambs and P2. So here we go!

Fred Claus is the big wide release of the weekend, appearing in 3,600 theaters around the USA. It stars Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in a heartwarming family comedy about Santa Claus’ older, ne’er-do-well repo man brother Fred. Anyway, Fred ends up in jail in the movie, and Santa bails him out on one condition: that he CHANGE HIS WAYS and repay his debt to society by making toys. But can he change?

You know, I’m not big on these Christmas-themed comedies but this sounds like funny stuff. Maybe it’s junk, who knows. But I think this is the box office champ this week.

Lions for Lambs is a United Artists movie produced by the dynamic duo of Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner. And it stars Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford; Redford is also directing it. This is one of these three-stories-interwoven type of things where you have these two soldiers in Afghanistan connecting two disparate tales together: on the one hand, you have Tom Cruise playing this US senator in Washington, while on the other coast you have Redford playing this idealistic college professor. And what they say and do could have this affect on these two guys in Afghanistan, fighting this war.

Anyway, I don’t see this one doing nearly as well as Fred Claus. I just think people are fed up with Tom Cruise and even more fed up with Afghanistan or any other movie about the War on Terror. People see enough of it on CNN and are tired of it. Anyway, that’s that.

Finally, P2 is about this woman (Rachel Nichols) who is an ambitious young executive, and she finds herself being hunted down by this crazy security guard in this scary thriller. The whole story is about this poor woman trying to get out alive of section P2 of the parking garage! I guess the lesson here is don’t park in the parking garage if you see this movie, or else you will have nightmares about it. I don’t think this will rake in more than 4 million, though.

There are a few other movies in limited release, but those are the three biggest ones. So here is my big prediction of the coming weekend:

Release Predicted Gross
Fred Claus $28,000,000
American Gangster $24,000,000
Bee Movie $17,000,000
Lions for Lambs $10,000,000
Saw IV $5,400,000
Dan in Real Life $5,200,000
P2 $4,000,000
The Game Plan $3,100,000
30 Days of Night $2,500,000
Martian Child $2,300,000

That’s it for now! We shall see what presents lie underneath the tree at the end of this weekend for these movies! Hey, where I am these days, it’s even snowing outside. (Actually, come to think of it, that isn’t so great.)

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