Box Office: Aliens and Predators Crash Christmas


Merry Christmas from the Reject Report. Ho ho ho! Why should I be laughing?! I have nothing to laugh about after that weekend of blown predictions. But I need to get into the holiday spirit, fast, for this latest round of Christmas Day showings. The 25th promises to be packed with action and adventure at the theaters. So here I go, starting with Alien vs. Predator – Requiem.

Alien vs. Predator – Requiem is the sequel to that Alien vs. Predator movie that came out in 2003, which itself was a sequel to all those Alien movies that came out and those Predator movies as well. Those popular Aliens and Predators are doing battle with each other once again and the story picks up where the last movie left off. One thing you’ll also have in this movie is a mixed-breed Predalien, so that will be interesting. The movie is directed by both Colin and Greg Strause and is released on 2563 screens.

I’m going to say $23 million for the weekend, and $36 million for the week for these scary creatures. Here’s the question: though— is this movie going to finish in first place? National Treasure: Book of Secrets will need to drop A LOT from last week for that to happen. It might happen, but I’m going to say no and predict National Treasure: Book of Secrets will hang on to first place this weekend.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is from Walden Media and is about this young boy who discovers– a water horse, the rarest of all creatures. So the boy adopts it as a pet, but keeps it all a top-secret. And of course this beast grows and grows, so they end up it ends up in Loch Ness. You can kind of put two and two together on this one. The cast features Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, Alex Etel, David Morrissey and Geraldine Brophy. Looks like a fun family movie with some good special effects involving this water horse. But I don’t see a huge promotional push for the movie, so I just don’t see it getting more than $6 million.

The Great Debaters stars Denzel Washington as a college professor in the 1930s, who coaches his Wiley College debating team during a time of great social change. It’s one of these underdog-type stories where these guys take on Harvard in a debating match. Sounds like a Remember the Titans-type of movie, except with debaters. Washington also directs this movie, and Forest Whitaker is in the cast. This is produced by Harpo Productions. That’s right—Oprah. So I’m sure Ms. Winfrey will plug this movie on her show and help it get a few bucks, but it’s kind of a low-key movie. I predict $5.5 million for the weekend.

I should note that Juno expands its release into 998 theaters this Christmas day, and as for The Bucket List, that Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman deathfest, it opens in a few select cities Christmas Day, but it’s only on 16 screens.

What a cheery way to spend the holidays, eh? A movie about death. But Jack Nicholson is in it, so you might want to put seeing that flick on your “list” of things to do before you kick the bucket. (Just kidding.)

The expected weekend totals for Friday-Sunday are as follows:

Release Predicted Gross
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets $26,000,000
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem $23,000,000
I Am Legend $22,000,000
Alvin and the Chipmunks $18,000,000
Charlie Wilson’s War $6,300,000
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street $6,100,000
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep $6,000,000
The Great Debaters $5,500,000
P.S. I Love You $3,400,000
Enchanted $2,900,000

So that’s my forecast of the weekend to come— and I will see you once the weekend is over with my wrapup right here at The Reject Report. Once again— happy holidays!

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