Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope Santa brought you everything you wanted. In my case, despite all the lovely presents, he did NOT happen to bring me any particular accuracy in my box office prediction. Here's what I thought the top five might look like:

1. Night at the Museum
2. Rocky Balboa
3. The Pursuit of Happyness
4. Eragon
5. We Are Marshall

And here's what the actual top five looked like (though because of the long holiday weekend, these are estimates only):

1. Night at the Museum - $30.8 million
2. The Pursuit of Happyness - $15 million
3. Rocky Balboa - $12.5 million
4. The Good Shepherd - $10 million
5. Charlotte's Web - $8 million

Get the full box office report here.

Ben Stiller in Night at the MuseumSo as it turns out, I got the top movie right, but not much else. 'Night at the Museum' had a monster opening, with parents and kids flocking to see Ben Stiller being harassed by dinosaurs, cowboys and marauding Mongolians. Keep in mind that Stiller, a member of the Frat Pack, has his own fans, so it's probable that quite a few non-parental units contributed to that $30.8 million. But once again, Christmas weekend proved lucrative for family films: 'Charlotte's Web' sneaked past its fellow sophomore flick, 'Eragon' (which finished sixth with $7.15 million), to grab the number five slot.
categories Features, Cinematical