Box Office Predictor: It’s Timon and Pumbaa All Over Again
1. "The Lion King 3-D." (2,330 screens) All right, you can be cynical all you want, with the fortnight re-releasing of a billion-dollar hit 17 years later just to cash in on a 3-D trend that might or might not be dead. But sorry: "The Lion King" is great, and today's kids should have the chance to see it in a theater, even if they have to wear funny glasses. Just think of America as a big revival theater. By the way, this came out the same summer as a romantic comedy with Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts, and Alec Baldwin as a superhero (and looking like this). Guesstimate: $18 million.
2. "Drive." (2,886 screens) We're just being optimistic here: It's probably more likely that "Contagion" will hang on for a second week and finish in this spot. But we can dream. Just don't embarrass us out there, "Drive." Guesstimate: $14 million.
3. "Contagion." (3,222 screens) Remember, everybody: Purell actually makes you less safe because the germs it doesn't kill become stronger. In other words, in the long run, we're all dead. Guesstimate: $12 million.
4. "I Don't Know How She Does It." (2,476 screens) Everyone's prospects are low for this one, but still, this reeks of a Hate Watch movie for many of the women we know. If only it could have co-starred Renee Zellweger and Jennifer Love Hewitt, they'd have the trifecta. Guesstimate: $10 million.
5. "Straw Dogs." (2,408 screens) This probably wasn't the best weekend for "Straw Dogs" to come out -- there's another ultraviolent thriller out this week, and it's one cineastes won't be angry at for remaking a classic -- and it might well not even make it this high. We still love "The Contender," though. Guesstimate: $7 million.