I'm mortified at my last-place finish of last week. Mortified. I blame Microsoft, the war in Iraq and the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby.
Blades of Glory
What It's About: Two feuding ice skaters (Will Ferrell and Jon Heder), after being banned from the sport for fighting, find a loophole that allows them to compete in pairs skating. They team up despite hating each other. I think you can see where this goes.
Why It Might Do Well: He's back! Clothes-shedding, gloriously fleshy Ferrell is back! The comic actor's fanbase stayed away from Stranger Than Fiction (a movie that, frankly, I loved), but this movie's right back in familiar territory, aiming squarely for the Talladega Nights crowd and scoring laughs with some of the more, umm, inventive choreography ever put to film.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Figure skating isn't quite as automatic a male draw as NASCAR, even if it is being parodied. Also, the directors aren't exactly big names: Josh Gordon and Will Speck. Who, you might ask? They come from the ad world, where their big coup was creating the Geico caveman commercials.
Prediction: $30 million+
Blades of Glory showtimes & tickets | Trailer | Will Ferrell, Jon Heder & Will Arnett interview
Meet the Robinsons
What It's About: Danger, Will Robinson! Or "Wilbur" Robinson, I guess. A whiz-kid orphan named Lewis is rescued from his sad, sad life by a stranger (that'd be Wilbur) who whisks him off to the future, where he meets a family that loves inventing stuff, just like he does.
Why It Might Do Well: Three words. Sounds like "Fisney damily groovy."
Why It Might Not Do Well: When it comes to animated films released by Disney, it's awfully tough to live up to the Pixar standard. Robinsons is fun, but it probably won't bust out of the gate like Cars.
Prediction: Around $30 million
Meet the Robinsons showtimes & tickets | Trailer | Behind-the-scenes clip
What It's About:Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a former high-school hockey star who was involved in a horrific car accident; now suffering from permanent brain damage, he has trouble with memory and impulse control. A bunch of local guys recruit him to help them rob the bank where he works as a janitor.
Why It Might Do Well: This smart, well-acted (it co-stars Jeff Daniels as Gordon-Levitt's blind roommate) heist thriller is getting great reviews; it was helmed by Out of Sight scribe Scott Frank, who's making his directorial debut.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Gordon-Levitt is one of the best young actors working today -- he's terrific in this film, and he's come a long way since Third Rock From the Sun -- but he's not a big enough star (yet) to give Lookout the box-office boost it needs. Also, it's only opening on 955 screens.
Prediction: $4 million
Lookout showtimes & tickets | Trailer | Exclusive clip
Here are my picks. I'm not hoping to win this weekend ... just not come in last. (Sob.) Be sure to post by Saturday at 6pm if you want your prediction to count. Have a good one!