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Box Office Wizard (12.31.10)

It's our final weekend of the year and we'll be crowning the 2010 Box Office Wizard in just a few days. Come practice up for next year when we're all even again! All you have to do is predict which five movies will place in the top five of this weekend's U.S. domestic box office. It’s that easy. I will make my own predictions here and explain them to you each week to give you some sort of reference point. It's then your job to enter a comment with your top five. 

This is Week #34.  Although we're ending this week, the first week you predict is the first week you enter the Box Office Wizard competition. For every correct prediction each week, you earn a point. Points are cumulative. The game lasts all calendar year and then we will reset to zero. Each week there will be as many as two winners: a weekend wizard for the users who guessed the most correct and a box office wizard for the user with the most points to date. The goal is to be Box Office Wizard and predict the most correct week-to-week and to date. 


Last Week's Top Five

1. Little Fockers - $30.8M (weekend)…$45M (gross)
2. True Grit - $24.8M…$36M

3. Tron Legacy - $19.1M…$87.3M
4. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader - $9.4M…$62.5M 
5. Yogi Bear - $7.8M…$35.8M

Week #33 Wizard(s): Simon, GamerGeek - 2 pts
Current Box Office Wizard(s): SimonSays - 94 Pts 

The surprise performance of True Grit landing at number two threw off just about everyone. Simon and Gamer each chose Yogi Bear for fifth place to earn their extra point. All buy myself had Gulliver's Travels in the top five and it didn't come close. Semi-props to Kieran for keeping "Narnia" in his top five, too bad he didn't get a point for it as he had it fifth, not fourth. 

All in all, it will be tough for me to tie or move past Simon unless he just forgets this weekend. I hope you'll all start with us fresh in 2011! Expect some slight changes as well!

SimonSays - 94
Steven C - 92
TheGamerGeek - 76
Sallas - 74
Kieran - 45
Max A – 26
Olly H - 14
Dustin C - 12
Dementious - 6 
Joseph – 6
OracleofGame - 6
Dinah – 5
HSXGirl - 4
Harmonica - 3
Matthew D – 3
Julian – 2
Lydia – 2

Remember, only submissions in the comment section count and they must be made by 12:00 PM SATURDAY. Check our weekly recap posting late afternoon every Monday for the box office figures of the weekend. Remember, we count the WEEKEND ACTUALS, not the ESTIMATES announced on Sundays. On 4- or 5-day weekends, only the 3-day total matters.

Here are this week's new contenders followed by my predictions.

There are no new contenders this weekend.

My Top Five Predictions 

Without any new films to challenge the group, no film will plummet this weekend and the order should stay relatively the same. The Christmas weekend films will fall the furthest by virtue of it being their second week, but is that enough to shake up the order.

Lousy reviews and word of mouth for Little Fockers will likely lead to a bit of damage done, but with no new films, it's unlikely it will leave the number one post. I have it at $20 million. I have True Grit neck-and-neck with Tron: Legacy: The former with $16 million and the latter with $15 million.

In the last two spots I have
Yogi Bear jumping The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by virtue of "Narnia" already entering weekend number four. I suspect both will finish in the $6 million range.

1. Little Fockers
2. True Grit
3. Tron: Legacy 
4. Yogi Bear
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader



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