Box Office Guru Wrapup: 10,000 B.C. Averages $10,478 For #1 Spot

In the year 10,000...

Moviegoers went back in time and powered the prehistoric adventure 10,000 B.C. to the top spot at the North American box office making it the latest film panned by critics to shoot straight to number one with the paying public. The Warner Bros. release bowed in 3,410 theaters to an estimated $35.7M and averaged a sturdy $10,478 per site. A strong marketing push led by a brilliantly exciting trailer helped to draw in a sizable audience which disregarded the dismal reviews.

The opening was about half of the colossal $70.9M debut that the studio saw one year ago this weekend with its other historical epic adventure 300. However, that was a more stylized actioner which generated much more buzz and so B.C. was never expected to come close to the Spartan heights. Instead, the prehistoric pic opened stronger than many other big-budget spring action films like V For Vendetta ($25.6M), Constantine ($29.8M), and Hidalgo ($18.8M).

Overseas, 10,000 B.C. conquered the box office in 19 of its 20 markets grossing a combined $25.3M from 3,600 prints this weekend to boost the international cume to $61M. The global take will break the $100M barrier within days.

Disney claimed the runnerup spot with its kidpic College Road Trip which grossed an estimated $14M from 2,706 theaters. Averaging a respectable $5,174 per site, the G-rated film stars Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symone as a father-daughter pair on a trip to see prospective universities. The performance fell short of other Disney vehicles that tried to make a family man out of macho stars. The studio's Vin Diesel pic The Pacifier bowed to $30.6M in March 2005 while The Rock's The Game Plan debuted to $23M last September. Trip used the starpower that Raven-Symone has with young girls to help bring in its target audience.

Sony's hit action thriller Vantage Point held up well again in its third frame and grossed an estimated $7.5M, off 42%, for a cume to date of $51.7M. The Will Ferrell comedy Semi-Pro got clobbered in its second weekend tripping 62% to an estimated $5.8M. With only $24.7M in ten days, New Line should end up with a disappointing $35M or so.

The new Jason Statham heist pic The Bank Job debuted in fifth place with an estimated $5.7M from 1,603 locations. Averaging a mild $3,562 per theater, the R-rated actioner fell short of the actor's recent films like War and Crank which both opened in the neighborhood of $10M.

Kidpic The Spiderwick Chronicles suffered a larger decline thanks to new family competition from Martin and Raven. The Paramount title dropped 45% to an estimated $4.8M lifting the cume to $61.7M. Sony's The Other Boleyn Girl followed with an estimated $4M, down 51%, for a $14.6M total. A $22-24M final seems likely.

Three of the year's top-grossing films rounded out the top ten. The Fox sci-fi flick Jumper dropped 51% to an estimated $3.8M boosting the tally to $72.5M. Buena Vista's Step Up 2 The Streets fell 47% to an estimated $3M while the Warner Bros. adventure comedy Fool's Gold dipped 37% to an estimated $2.8M. Cumulative totals stand at $53M and $62.8M, respectively.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $87.1M which was down 36% from last year when 300 opened at number one with $70.9M; and off 2% from 2006 when Failure to Launch debuted in the top spot with $24.4M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

Comments

Viperna

Kellen Shogren

Not surprised about 10,000 BC, special effects will always win when there is little too no other competition. If Bank job wasn't rated R it might have done a little better imo, not positive cause I haven't seen it yet.

Mar 9 - 07:46 PM

ClearlyBlind2568

Waldo Kepa

10000 BC was one of the wort movies I have seen in recent years. I'm sad to see the the general public doesn't seem to care bout quality anymore and just as long you stuff a bunch of CGI into any turd, it'll end up being number 1 at the box office. Truly, it's sad and it makes me worry about the response movies like "Watchmen" will get.

Mar 9 - 08:02 PM

Angel Dust

Duncan Cole

Since it seems from your post that you saw '10,000BC' aren't you part of the problem with the general public not caring about quality anymore? I could see the film was a piece of **** from the first few seconds of the trailer.

Mar 9 - 08:49 PM

imecoli

Matt Mellon

"10000 BC" was soo bad, I was expecting them to actually say "we will wake up at 5:30 in the morning to attack them". the dialogue was way to advanced for the characters. This picture, aside from the CGI, is an excavation that should have been left uncovered.
"The Bank Job" on the other hand was a very good movie, while alot of the actual details of what really went on with the robbery have not been made public, the story that is told is a good one, and you actually want to see them get away with it. A good bit of suspense in this film make it worth dropping $10.50 on.


Mar 9 - 08:43 PM

Angel Dust

Duncan Cole

Since it seems from your post that you saw '10,000BC' aren't you part of the problem with the general public not caring about quality anymore? I could see the film was a piece of **** from the first few seconds of the trailer.

Mar 9 - 08:49 PM

AFuneralMaker

Johnathan Ross

The most disappointing part of 10,000 BC is that I've yet to hear any reports as to if they actually do show the new Dark Knight trailer and if they do...why is there no bootleg up yet.

Mar 9 - 09:07 PM

MMacKK

Alex Mackenzie

Well Done America,
You've reached new lows.

Mar 9 - 09:53 PM

knowingtoast85

brian Firenzi

I could seriously have sworn no one wanted to see a bad caveman movie. Bad movies, of f@cking course. But bad caveman movies? What hath God wrought?

Mar 9 - 09:56 PM

thereign

lance berry

AFuneralMaker;

They do show the Dark Knight trailer, but it's the same one they've been showing, featuring Heath Ledger. There's no new one yet.

Mar 9 - 09:57 PM

thereign

lance berry

P.S.: 10,000 B.C. had a "brilliantly exciting trailer"???? What in the flying f>uck have you guys at RT been smoking? You need to market it!

Mar 9 - 10:07 PM

nblarson

Nick Larson

Raven-Symone has "star power"?

Mar 9 - 11:06 PM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

yes, nblareson, Raven-Symone does have "star power" just like

Miley Cyrus has "musical talent" or Hillary Duff had "star power". in other

words, "star power" has for long time been losing voltage due to more and

more horrible "stars" deluting the hollywood talent pool:(

and everyone who is shocked that 10,000 b.c. made 37 million should remember

this country has put suchfilms like "date movie", "norbit" & of course the

smash hit "Alivin and the chipmunks" on top of the box office heap. folks,

I have long given up believing the American public has any sense of taste

left in their collective taste buds. maybe it's the popcorn, nah it's the

crappy soda, yeah thats it;)

Mar 9 - 11:22 PM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

yes, nblareson, Raven-Symone does have "star power" just like

Miley Cyrus has "musical talent" or Hillary Duff had "star power". in other

words, "star power" has for long time been losing voltage due to more and

more horrible "stars" deluting the hollywood talent pool:(

and everyone who is shocked that 10,000 b.c. made 37 million should remember

this country has put suchfilms like "date movie", "norbit" & of course the

smash hit "Alivin and the chipmunks" on top of the box office heap. folks,

I have long given up believing the American public has any sense of taste

left in their collective taste buds. maybe it's the popcorn, nah it's the

crappy soda, yeah thats it;)

Mar 9 - 11:22 PM

dethburger

dethburger hates Flixster

It's the first sign of the apocalypse.

Mar 9 - 11:48 PM

Floor Man

Floor Man

*sigh*...

Oh, CGI. How pretty you are. Too bad you don't make for a good story replacement.

Mar 9 - 11:56 PM

KISSman

Tommy D

People will see anything if it's marketed right. The funny thing was that the trailers sucked and the reviews sucked, but it didn't stop people from flooding the theaters. It doesn't matter to the movie company if you don't like it. They just care that you paid to see it. Suckers.

Mar 10 - 02:53 AM

adml_shake

Robin Goins

We'll see how it does next weekend.

Mar 10 - 03:59 AM

Paralyzer

Thabang Phetla

suckers went to support 10 000bc,cause honestly anyone could just see from the trailer's alone that it was a bad bad bad bad movie.suckers

Mar 10 - 04:37 AM

reefermad16

Brett Smith

I knew it would open well, but next weekend it will hopefully pull a "Hulk"
and drop hard, from the bad word or mouth and the opening of "Horton hears a Who".

Mar 10 - 06:08 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

Well, I'll go against the grain and say that I actually thought the trailer made the movie look pretty good, like it could be a fun and exciting film. Yeah, a CGI fest, but there's nothing wrong with that on occasion. I was hoping the story would live up to it, but after reading the reviews I decided it didn't so I didn't bother to go see it. But anyway, the trailer did its job.

Mar 10 - 06:45 AM

Elixor

Daniel Klooster

Not at all shocked. Part of me wants to see the movie so that I can see how bad it is, but I can't allow myself to support this crap.

The Bank Job was good, I'd recommend it.

Mar 10 - 06:47 AM

Vortex&Vertigo

Joel Feliciano

Jason Statham makes a good movie, nobody goes. Jason Statham makes a bad movie everybody goes. Ironic.

Mar 10 - 07:27 AM

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