This weekend’s frontrunner in the box office is semi-sequel New Year’s Eve, thankfully removing Twilight from number one. Not to say that its star-studded replacement is much better. It’s hardly a matter of performances—more-so it’s likely the script that causes theHoliday romance the current 4.7 rating on IMDb.

There’s a such thing as too many stars for one film. Robert DeNiro? Does his face really make sense in the sequel to Valentine’s Day? He’s the Godfather, for goodness sake! Or Frankenstein. Either way, he simply doesn’t belong. But either way, he has to pay the bills. And Zac Efron doesn’t belong, but that’s only because he and his ego aren’t welcome in cinema altogether.

But then there’s Seth Meyers. The head writer of SNL. Now the man has talent, there’s no question about it, which comes back to my initial statement of script-related issues. The problem is the studios will form a trilogy, concluding with The Fourth of July if they think it’ll make more money, and as a result they’ll rush any production to finish in time for marketing at the cost of quality.

Most audiences went to view New Year’s Eve on the off-chance that it might be good. There hasn’t been a full-on romance for a couple weeks now, and the void needed to be filled, but movie-goers will have to keep waiting it seems. Not to mention that the stars involved with this film—the previous stars being what primarily sold the original—are of a great deal less number.

But no one spends their money to actually see a movie these days. People don’t want quality, they just want some time to spend, with friends and dates and family. So it doesn’t really matter. Furthermore, if it’s awful, that’s a great deal more to talk about post-movie.

The Sitter appears to be your rebound date. After Your Highness, audiences want to know there’s something better again, after Pineapple Express has come and gone. Being generous, ratings are lukewarm. Jonah Hill’s face doesn’t exactly sell a poster, and R comedies aren’t “in” anymore. The Hangover II and Bad Teacher have long gone—the film industry moves at breakneck speed. If you don’t stop and look around, you could miss it. Clearly The Sitter did, so it’s lucky to come in second.

Next week, it’s Sherlock Holmes versus Alvin and the Chipmunks for number one. New Year’s Eve will likely take a steady drop, as will The Sitter while our newcomers compete in the box office. The original Sherlock became quite the hit, and was a considerably sharp interpretation of Doyle’s infamous hero.

Released at a more reasonable date in December, its sequel has plenty of the character needed to take first—and I’m sure seasoned readers of our detective are excited to see where Ritchie will take Moriarty. In fact, I’m sure it will take number one. Alvin and the Chipmunks, as a series, has never opened in first. Never. For good reason, too. So it’ll be a Holmes weekend come next Sunday!