By Michael Small
Updated December 30, 2005 at 12:00 PM EST

Dawnie Walton (one of our online editors) said a wise thing when she saw the results of round 10 in our weekly prediction game: “The year-end box office is really tricky.” You ain’t kiddin’, Dawnie. The results from 1450 players made this our weirdest round so far.

The first weirdness came on the TV front, when CBS dropped a re-run of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the last minute, replacing it with a re-run of Without a Trace that drew a larger audience than any of the other TV shows listed in our game. So we had to drop that question when we tallied the corrrect answers.

You might think that losing a question would increase the number of winners. But no. Not one person aced the six remaining questions. Of course, we did have an unusually long list of 40 players who made only one mistake. But unlike past weeks, in which everyone seemed to miss the same questions, this week’s flubs went in every direction. Also interesting: The people who had perfect scores in previous weeks were nowhere to be found on this week’s top players list.

Since we can’t blame Canada (it’s been done), let’s blame Narnia, which surprised many of us by winning the second spot on the Box Office Chart, with a take of $31.2 million. We didn’t even include it as one of the possible correct answers. So, because most of you hate to select “None of the Above,” Narnia indirectly lead to your downfall.

But let’s not dwell on the past. It’s a new year, a new chance to reach out for that much coveted but as yet unclaimed $50 gift certificate. So get off to a good start: Vote in round 12, live now.

Get the list of round 10’s top 40 players, and see the correct answers, after the jump.

Round 10: 40 top contenders (who missed one out of six questions)

Paris Abell
Barbie Bohrman
Becky Bowen
James Braun
Yuriy Chernin
Kim Conlan
Wyn Coulter
Patsy DiLeo
Ben Ernst
Salvatore Ferrara
David Galloway
Joshua Gannon
Darrin Goodman
Kelly Grozenski
Chris Hallam
Tracy Harvey
Jamie Hayes
Michael Hegedus
Daniel Johnson
Teri Manley
Clifton McCoy
Jeff Middents
Mandy Miller
Miriam Miller
Julie Moffitt
Jamie Nye
Anna Peterson
Jerry Post
Ullin Rigby
David Rizzo
Jesse Saba
Jai Sada
Dan Servus
Matthew Singleton
Faye Somdahl
Barbara Swift
Tiphanie Thompson
Alan Vest
Josh Watkins

Round 10: Correct Answers

MOVIE QUESTIONS (Weekend of Dec. 23)

1. What movie will be NUMBER ONE at the box office this weekend?

”Cheaper by the Dozen 2” (Steve Martin, Hilary Duff)

”Fun With Dick and Jane” (Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni)

”King Kong” (Naomi Watts, Jack Black) — CORRECT

”Memoirs of a Geisha” (Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe; opening wide)

”The Ringer” (Johnny Knoxville)

None of the above

2. What movie will be NUMBER TWO at the box office this weekend?

”Cheaper by the Dozen 2” (Steve Martin, Hilary Duff)

”Fun With Dick and Jane” (Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni)

”King Kong” (Naomi Watts, Jack Black)

”Memoirs of a Geisha” (Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe; opening wide)

”The Ringer” (Johnny Knoxville)

None of the above — CORRECT

3. What movie will be NUMBER THREE at the box office this weekend?

”Cheaper by the Dozen 2” (Steve Martin, Hilary Duff)

”Fun With Dick and Jane” (Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni) — CORRECT

”King Kong” (Naomi Watts, Jack Black)

”Memoirs of a Geisha” (Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe; opening wide)

”The Ringer” (Johnny Knoxville)

None of the above

4. How much will ”Memoirs of a Geisha” earn during its first weekend in wide release?

Less than $15 million — CORRECT

$15 million to $19.9 million

$20 million to $24.9 million

$25 million to $29.9 million

$30 million and $34.9 million

$35 million or more

ROUND NO. 10: WILD CARD QUESTIONS

5. There are only a few viewing days before Christmas! Which of the following broadcasts will get the highest rating?

”A Home for the Holidays” (CBS, Wednesday, Dec. 21,

8-9 p.m.)
”The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” — season finale (NBC, Wednesday, Dec. 21,

9-10 p.m.)
”Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (CBS, Thursday, Dec. 22,

8-9 p.m.)

”It’s a Wonderful Life” (NBC, Saturday, Dec. 24,

8-11 p.m.)

NOTE: The above question is not being tallied because CBS dropped ”Rudolph” and replaced it with a ”Without a Trace” repeat, which won the time slot.

6. Which CD will rank highest on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart?

Bo Bice’s ”The Real Thing”

Mary J. Blige’s ”The Breakthrough” — CORRECT

Eminem’s ”Curtain Call”

Jamie Foxx’s ”Unpredictable”

The Isley Brothers’ ”Baby Makin’ Music”

The Notorious B.I.G.’s ”Duets: The Final Chapter”

7. Which movie will rank highest on this week’s DVD sales chart?
”Bad News Bears” (Billy Bob Thornton)

”The 40 Year-Old Virgin” (Steve Carell, Catherine Keener) — CORRECT
”Frank Miller’s

Sin City” — two-disc special edition (Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba)

”The Island” (Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson)

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