The Reject Report Sings a Christmas Carol, Stares At Goats


Welcome to another Reject Report! As you can tell it’s November, Halloween is now over and Christmas is right around the corner. How do we know this? Because the Christmas movies have started with A Christmas Carol. We also have the horror flick The Box, the thriller The Fourth Kind, and the Oscar season movie The Men Who Stare at Goats.

So let’s get on with it. We start this week with The Men Who Stare at Goats, starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges and Robert Patrick . It’s freaky stuff about a journalist who ends up going to Iraq and meeting up with this former member of the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battallion, a military unit that uses psychic and paramilitary powers in their missions.

This flick rolled out to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, and I expect it to do good business over a number of weeks, but probably not right away. It just seems like every Oscar-season George Clooney movie is guaranteed to make in the range of $10 or $11 million in its opening weekend and not much else. Anyhow, that’s my prediction: $11 million for The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Watch the Men Who Stare at Goats trailer:

Next is The Fourth Kind, starring Milla Jovovich, a sci-fi thriller about an ongoing unsolved mystery in Nome, Alaska involving alien abductions. Elias Koteas and Will Patton also star.

This is in slightly more theaters than The Men Who Stare at Goats, and I think it will probably make about as much money. I’m guessing only $10.5 million, though — I have a feeling Goats might sneak past it based on its word of mouth. Who knows, though.

Watch the trailer for The Fourth Kind:

Third is The Box, a horror flick starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple who receive a box that has within it strange powers. It contains a button, and some mystery man arrives at their door (Frank Langhella) and tells them they will receive $1,000,000 if they press the button, but someone they don’t know will die because of it.

Well, I dunno if this movie is going to do well or not. I wonder if we are all a bit horrored-out after the run of movies we have had. I think Halloween is over and people want to move on with their lives, so I’m predicting $13 million for The Box.

Watch the trailer for The Box:

Finally there is Disney’s A Christmas Carol from famed writer/director Robert Zemeckis. It’s basically his motion-capture animated take on the famous Ebenezer Scrooge tale, and it’s in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D! Jim Carrey plays Scrooge and other roles, and there is an all-star cast of voices including Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, you name it.

Whenever I hear that a movie is in 3D, I automatically bump that movie’s gross up a notch, because everyone knows 3D is a money train these days. I suppose it’s a little early for Christmas, but I remember what happened when that Vince Vaughn Four Christmases movie rolled out to a lot of dough. And I know this is a completely different style of movie, but I have the feeling that just having Christmas in the title will be enough for a lot of business. I am predicting $44 Million for Disney’s A Christmas Carol.

Watch the trailer for A Christmas Carol:

So there you have it. Also, I am predicting that you are finally going to see both Paranormal Activity and Michael Jackson’ This Is It start to fade at the box office. The Jackson movie has been in first place all week, and the Paranormal Activity phenomenon seems to have crested. I see both falling well back this weekend.

My predicted order of finish:

  1. Disney’s A Christmas Carol $44 million
  2. The Box $13 million
  3. Michael Jackson’s This Is It $12.5 million
  4. The Men Who Stare at Goats $11 million
  5. Paranormal Activity $10.7 million
  6. The Fourth Kind $10.5 million
  7. Law Abiding Citizen $5.5 million
  8. Couples Retreat $4 million
  9. Where the Wild Things Are $3 million
  10. Saw VI $2.5 million

And that is all for now! Back at the end of the weekend to see what transpires at the box office here at the Reject Report.

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