Yo-ho, yo-ho, it was a Pirates life for all of us last week, as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End broke the record for best Memorial Day weekend opening, with $142.1 million earned over four days. It did not, however, have the best opening weekend ever; Spider-Man 3's still got that title under its belt, at $151 million. What do all those numbers mean? I dunno. I was an English major. But methinks if you want to be top dog in the record books, you should release a movie that's shorter than 168 minutes long. I'm just saying.
Here are last weekend's box office results. And all our posters, as it turned out, tied with the exact same prediction score -- apparently all of you are as flabbergasted as I am that Disturbia's still making the top five.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End -$142.1 million
2. Shrek the Third - $51 million
3. Spider-Man 3 - $13.7 million
4. Bug - $3.2 million
5. Disturbia - $1.7 million
And here we go with this week. Once more, with feeling:
What It's About: It's the opposite of meet-cute -- meet-drunk, as it were -- when rising young journalist Allison (Katherine Heigl) and unemployed, unambitious Ben (Seth Rogen) hook up one night and both end up doing some heavy-duty vomiting: Ben the morning after, because he's massively hungover; Allison a couple months later, because she's pregnant.
Why It Might Do Well:Judd Apatow, who directed, is a genius. There, I said it. I could go on and on about his brilliant, prematurely canceled TV show Freaks and Geeks, but many more people know about The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a sweet, smart, hilarious movie that was the runaway comedy hit of 2005. It finished first its opening weekend, with $21.4 million. Oh, and Knocked Up is just as sweet, smart and hilarious.
Why It MIght Not Do Well: It faces heavy competition from some of summer's biggest blockbusters: Pirates, Shrek the Third and Spider-Man 3. It's also rated R.
Prediction: $28 million