A family of has-been superheroes will kick off the holiday movie season this weekend, as The Incredibles looks to further Pixar's extraordinary box office run.
In May 2003, Finding Nemo debuted with an amazing $70.3 million. Can The Incredibles match that figure? Given the new film's PG rating and longer running time (almost two hours), it could be tough. Still, immense anticipation for the family-friendly film will ensure a huge opening. Look for The Incredibles to premiere with around $60 million.
Jamie Foxx's biopic Ray will add about 400 theaters this weekend, meaning it should see a small drop and maintain its second-place status. Another $14 million seems likely. Meanwhile, the top film for the last two weeks, The Grudge, will see a post-Halloween plummet to about $9 million.
The other current high-profile horror flick, Saw will also see a big drop to $8 million in its second weekend, meaning it will battle for fourth place with the weekend's other new wide release, Jude Law's remake of Alfie. The disappointing box office of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow showed that Law is not yet a huge audience draw, and Alfie should make that point a bit more painfully clear, opening with only about $8 million.