Welcome back to our weekly box office prediction post where I talk about the films arriving in theaters this weekend, and then you predict which one has the best shot at coming out on top. The past couple of weeks have been a little quiet at the box office due to Hollywood transitioning from the summer to the fall season, but now things are beginning to heat back up. This week sees a highly-anticipated sequel do battle against a very familiar little fish who's returning to theaters in 3D for the first time. Let's take a closer look...
What's the Scoop: This fifth installment in the popular action franchise -- itself adapted from the even more popular videogame series -- once again finds Milla Jovovich (as the franchise hero Alice) battling all sorts of freaky baddies as she attempts to escape from the evil Umbrella Corporation who's holding her hostage.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Well, hey, there's a reason why they've made five Resident Evil films, and I bet that has something to do with its massive fanbase, as well as its ability to make its money back, and then some.
What's the Scoop: It's probably one of the first Pixar movies you (and/or your kids) fell in love with way back in 2003, and with a sequel already in the works, Disney and Pixar thought this was the perfect time to bring the adorable little Nemo back to the big screen, only this time in 3D.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Not only will the 3D add an extra layer of depth to Nemo's underwater adventure, but it should also help add some extra bucks to its box office return.
My Prediction: As popular as Finding Nemo is with the little ones, these animated 3D re-releases haven't done enough damage (save for The Lion King) to prove they're capable of box office gold week in and week out. Thus, I'm going with Resident Evil: Retribution, assuming the gamers will put down their controllers for a few hours and leave the house.
My Pick of the Week: Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is out in limited release this week before expanding next week, which means now might be a good time to go out and see one of this year's best films. There's no doubt The Master will rack up plenty of Oscar nods (along with some Scientology-related controversy), but don't see it because of that. See The Master because it's a beautiful piece of filmmaking that makes you want to stand up and cheer its director. There's a reason why people call Paul Thomas Anderson the best American filmmaker working today, and those reasons are written all over this majestic work of art. Don't miss it.
Alright, now it's your turn -- sound off below and let us know which film you think will win the weekend box office.