B.O. FORECAST: ‘Angels’ vs. Hell

The battle between heaven and hell will be played out in cineplexes across the nation this weekend.

And by that, we mean the box office war between last week’s reigning champ, “Charlie’s Angels“, and this week’s hot contender, Adam Sandler‘s “Little Nicky“.

Despite a mega $40 mil plus opening achieved by “Charlie’s Angels” last weekend, Sandler‘s inexplicable star power — and the fact that “Little Nicky” is the comic’s first big outing since last year’s “Big Daddy” — could very well topple the detective chick flick from the top.

Certainly much less threatening than Sandler, the Navy diver drama Men of Honor and the Mars thriller “Red Planet” will also come out for a piece of the box office pie this weekend.

Here’s a look at all the major releases hitting theaters today:


The Skinny: Adam Sandler plays Satan’s (Harvey Keitel) weird-looking youngest son who’s charged with the task of restoring order on Earth. The Upside: Hello?! It’s Adam Sandler. And if history teaches us anything (think “The Waterboy” and “Big Daddy“), it is that whatever Sandler touches turns into box office gold. The Downside: “It’s going to be neck to neck between “Charlie’s Angels” and “Little Nicky” this weekend,” Brandon Gray, box office expert from boxofficemojo.com, tells us. “But I am giving the slight edge to “Little Nicky.” It might make $26 million or $27 million and “Angels” might make $25 million. But it’s really going to be close.” Just like the presidential election.


The Skinny: Cuba Gooding Jr. is Carl Brashear, a man who overcame racism, a disadvantaged background and all the other crappy things in life to become the U.S. Navy’s first black master diver. The Upside: Military drama on Veteran’s Day, not a bad idea. “I think “Men of Honor” is going to be No. 3,” Gray says. “It could be in the low and mid teens, which is good enough for the third spot.” The Downside: Last time we watched ESPN, Navy diving was technically still not a sport.


The Skinny: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tom Sizemore play astronauts whose mission to Mars turns into a race-against-time deathtrap. The Upside: A space thriller set in Mars, it could pull in the “Aliens” crowd. The Downside: “It’s probably going to be No. 4 or even No. 5, depending on how well “Meet the Parents” does,” Gray says. “It probably would make $9 or $10 mil. But the film is going to be a bomb for the studio [Warner Bros.], since it cost so much to make.”

Expect “Meet the Parents,” “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and “Remember the Titans” to fill out the rest of the Top 10.