The week after Thanksgiving is always slow at the multiplex, but what's happening this weekend is ridiculous. If Sunday estimates hold, the combined gross of the top 10 movies on the box office chart will be less than $77 million.

The three-day total for last weekend's top 10 was $171 million. The difference represents a drop of about 55 percent. True, there were no audience sparklers among the three new wide releases. As I suggested in my Friday forecast, movies about bad times run the risk of being ignored during bad times, especially in the midst of the holiday season. And that's what happened to 'Brothers,' which is set to finish third with an estimated $9.7 million, sixth-place 'Armored' ($6.6 million) and tenth-place 'Everybody's Fine' ($4 million).