We're pretty sure the answer to that one is yes. Seth Rogen will do the impossible: Take on the Batman and win. And ''The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2'' will fill its pockets with some nice change as well

August 09, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Let’s see: Mummies couldn’t do it, Will Ferrell wasn’t equal to the task, and TV’s conspiracy hunters fell flat on their X-faces. So who will finally dethrone the Caped Crusader from high on the box-office hill? Stoners, that’s who. Seth Rogen and James Franco, the pot achievers of Pineapple Express, will do the impossible: keep The Dark Knight from stealing another box-office victory.

Not that anyone will be crying in their Bat-beer: The Dark Knight has crested the $400 million mark. And even though it’ll never overtake Titanic‘s best-ever $600 million domestic gross — Mark Harris nimbly breaks down whyKnight only need keep its Dark-side mojo going for another $60-odd million to take out Star Wars and swipe the No. 2 spot. (Next on the hit-list, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, at $423 mil.) But, to the matters at hand. Read on for my predictions, then click over to the EW.com’s Summer Box Office Challenge to register your picks.


Pineapple Express
Sony/Columbia · R · 3,072 theaters · NEW
Heck, it’s already doing gangbuster business, having swallowed up $12.5 million on its Wednesday premiere and smoking right past the previous record-holder, The Princess Diaries 2. At some point, audiences are gonna feel some Seth Rogen fatigue?but not now.
Weekend prediction: $43 million

The Dark Knight
Warner Bros. · PG-13 · 4,025 theaters · 4th week
Repeat business can only do so much for Christopher Nolan‘s sequel — so now is when we’ll see people’s parents show up to see what all the hubbub’s about.
Weekend prediction: $36 million

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Warner Bros. · PG · 2,707 theaters · NEW
While one can say that no one likes pants in the summer — skorts are in! — this America Ferrara sequel should do just fine with the tween set, especially now that Ms. Ferrara has Ugly Betty in her corner. And given that the original grossed a respectable-but-not-incredible $39 million domestically, everyone involved should be thrilled with?
Weekend prediction: $23 million

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Universal · PG-13 · 3,780 theaters · 2nd week
Given that reviews have been horrible pretty much across the board, and it opened at almost $28 million lower than The Mummy Returns, and marginal action flicks can plummet up to 60 percent in their second week, Dragon will be lucky to limp over the $100 million mark, given its flagging momentum.
Weekend prediction: $19 million

Mamma Mia!
Universal · PG · 3,194 theaters · 4th week
Keep on singing, Meryl!
Weekend prediction: $10 million

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