Pretty much everyone involved in last week's box office competition correctly predicted that Enchanted would dig in and hold on to the number one spot for a second week in a row. Awake was last week's only new movie, but it quickly dozed off, finishing fifth behind flicks that have been out for two or three weeks. For those who like their fantasy films to be geared more toward grown ups, there's Beowulf in second place for its third week in the top five. This Christmas slipped from second to third this week and is on the verge of tripling its return on its $13 million dollar budget. Here's the final tally:

1. Enchanted: $16.4 million.
2. Beowulf: $8.2 million.
3. This Christmas: $7.9 million.
4. Hitman: $6 million.
5. Awake: $5.8 million.

It's another week with only one new release, but I suspect this one is going to shake things up nicely.

The Golden Compass
What's It All About:
This is an epic fantasy set in a parallel universe and based on the first book in the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. A 12-year-old girl trying to rescue a kidnapped friend winds up on a quest to save not only her world, but ours as well.
Why It Might Do Well: No doubt fans of Pullman's series will turn out to see this one, but for those of us who haven't read the book the trailer is about as spectacular as they come, with tons of digital eye candy and a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Sam Elliot. I suspect this will be the movie to knock Enchanted off its thrown and take the top spot next week.
Why It Might Not Do Well: Critical response has been less than stellar. Rottentomatoes.com is giving the film a 38% rating based on 13 reviews.
Number of Theaters: 3,000
Prediction:
$40 million

Here's how I think next weekend will play out:
1. The Golden Compass
2. Enchanted
3. Beowulf
4. This Christmas
5. Hitman


And here's how the weekly competition went:
1. mjd: 12
1. Bubba8193: 12
2. Anna07: 10
2. Matt: 10
3. Mike: 9
3. Josh: 9
3. Ray: 9
3. Mario: 9
4. Natasha: 8
4. Gregory Rubinstein: 8
5. Kevin Pinneo: 5

Feeling a little drained from all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping? Why not take some "me" time and share with the world what you think will be the top five movies of the coming weekend. Post your predictions in the comments section below before 5:00PM on Saturday. One point for every top five movie correctly named, two points for every correct placement, and one extra point for the top movie.