Weekend Predictions (Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2009): 'Marley and Me'

Featured Stories - on January 01, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Fox's Marley and Me should easily finish on top again during a weekend that boasts no new wide releases.

With no new competition entering the frame this weekend, Marley and Me will easily remain the #1 film.

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Fox's canine flick has been posting incredibly solid numbers this week, which means that it probably won't drop too much from its $36 million debut last weekend. Look for Marley to bring in about $24 million during its second frame, which will bring its domestic cume up to nearly $90 million.

Disney's Bedtime Stories has been performing better than The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttion this week, which means that it will probably remain in second place. The Adam Sandler comedy should gross around $19 million in its second weekend of release for a total haul of nearly $70 million.

Benjamin Button will land in a not-too-distant third place. The film's running time may discourage repeat viewings, yet word of mouth and critical support are strong. Paramount's epic drama should bring in around $17.5 million, which will lead to total gross of nearly $70 million.

Look for Valkyrie to remain steady since it appeals to older audiences who don't necessarily rush to see a film during its opening weekend. The World War II drama could bring in as much as $15 million during its sophomore frame for a cume of a little more than $50 million.

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