Box Office Guru Wrapup: Bee Movie Jumps Into #1 Spot
Insects and gangsters switch places.
The woman-in-peril thriller P2 debuted poorly in eighth with an estimated $2.2M from 2,131 locations for a pitiful $1,032 average. The R-rated film about a workaholic stalked by a killer in a parking garage on Christmas Eve is the first release from Summit Entertainment which was testing its distribution operation ahead of its real slate of films which will hit theaters in 2008.
Vampires and martians rounded out the top ten. The horror flick 30 Days of Night grossed an estimated $2.1M, down 44%, and placed ninth. Cume is $37.4M for Sony. New Line's John Cusack drama Martian Child fell a troubling 48% in its second weekend to an estimated $1.8M. The New Line release has collected only $6M in ten days and should end up with a weak $9-10M.
Three modestly-budgeted films were bumped out of the top ten this weekend. George Clooney's legal thriller Michael Clayton dipped 40% to an estimated $1.7M bringing its cume to a decent $35.6M. The $22M film should find its way to about $40M for Warner Bros., but has the chance to go higher if it scores some major award nominations.
Miramax generated a sizzling debut for No Country for Old Men, the newest film from the Coen Brothers. The R-rated entry grossed an estimated $1.2M while playing in only 28 theaters for a sensational average of $42,929 per site. Co-produced by Paramount Vantage, it will expand to more markets on Friday.
Tyler Perry's latest hit Why Did I Get Married? grossed an estimated $1.6M, off 38%, and boosted its total to an impressive $53.3M. The profitable $15M Lionsgate title looks to end with roughly $57M. It's been a tougher road for Miramax's crime drama Gone Baby Gone which took in an estimated $1.5M, down 33%, giving Ben Affleck's directorial debut only $17.1M to date. Produced for $19M, the Casey Affleck-Morgan Freeman drama should end its run with about $22M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $95.6M which was down 10% from last year when Borat remained in first place with $28.3M; and down 11% from 2005 when Chicken Little stayed in the top spot with $31.7M.
Author: Gitesh Pandaya, www.boxofficeguru.com