Box Office Guru Wrapup: Bee Movie Jumps Into #1 Spot

Insects and gangsters switch places.

In its third weekend, the Steve Carell dramedy Dan in Real Life dipped only 25% to an estimated $5.9M and lifted its total to a respectable $30.7M for Buena Vista. The horror sequel Saw IV tumbled 52% to an estimated $5M putting its sum at $58.1M for Lionsgate. Family hit The Game Plan took in an estimated $2.4M, off 39%, and reached $85.4M making it the top-grossing film since the summer movie season ended.



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

Comments

Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

Fred Claus got about half what i thought it would, while Cruise got exactly what he deserved. Worst results for the scientology freak in 21 years, how funny is that?

November has been impossible to predict so far.

Nov 11 - 05:34 PM

It.

Anna C

poor idiot freak, it hasn't anything to with with him, but the theme, politic, americans hate to think, they prefer to see a bee buzzing.
crazy freaks.

Anyway, cruise got a supporting role, it's not a Cruise movie, it's a redford one.
And oh, it's very talky, sio the number is actually quite ggood, especially after all the critics.

Paramount flopped hard with Beowulf, and I laugh so loud they are begging Tom to come back.

Nov 27 - 05:41 AM

Bardego

Robert Hamer

No surprise there, all of the new releases this weekend looked terrible. I am curious, though, as to how well No Country for Old Men would have done if it had a wider release...

Nov 11 - 05:35 PM

Bardego

Robert Hamer

Wait, wait! Correction: All of the new WIDE releases this weekend sounded terrible. No Country for Old Men looks awesome.

Nov 11 - 05:42 PM

hewpot

Ballsack Enormous

"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."

so p2 was supposed to suck?

No ****ry owns!

Nov 11 - 06:12 PM

EmmG389

First Last

No Country for Old Men was perfect. Every single scene was filled with suspense so much that the audiences didn't know what to do but laugh out of nervousness. However I don't think the ending is going to hold up well with mainstream audiences. And how many people do you know that aren't into film know about this thing? Barely anybody. It's pretty sad.

Nov 11 - 07:10 PM

KISSman

Tommy D

This was a bitter sweet result.

It was good to see that "Fred Claus" did not 'sleigh' at the box office as many predicted. I expected it to do better since I had little faith that the public could keep themselves from this stinker. It still made more than it should have, though. In any event, if they opted to shun "Fred Claus", they ended up seeing the stupid animated bee movie instead. Oh well..

The good news was that "American Gangster" had a surprisingly solid second week. The buzz has been good and the older crowd tends to take their time getting to see movies like this.

"Lions For Lambs" not only had itself to blame for not doing that well (since it was a mediocre affair), but the movie-going public has clearly stated with their pocketbook that they aren't interested in Iraq War related movies.

Nov 11 - 08:04 PM

MMacKK

Alex Mackenzie

Say what you will about his religion, but he's a damn fine actor.

And when it all comes down to it, fair enough that he believes in aliens, as opposed to some all powerful being. Just created by the same bunch of nutcases, really...

Nov 11 - 10:02 PM

It.

Anna C

he said he doesn't beleive in aliens, back in 2005, in a tv spanish interview.-also on youtube.

Nov 27 - 05:45 AM

lavatory love machine

juan carlos petruchi

I dont mind if a person a very religious, what is disgusting is when they try to push their religion on others, no matter if its islam, catolism, judaism or scientology

Nov 11 - 10:13 PM

~*Admiral Snowstorm*~

Dominique Amsterdam

I don't really care what religion Tom Cruise is onscreen as long as he doesn't preach it. As MMackK said, he is an impressive actor. He's worth seeing even with his offscreen madness.

Great, now Bee Movie gets to be THE NUMBER ONE MOVIE IN AMERICA! I was so glad when American Gangster took the title last week, but I guess Bee Movie will get to brag about it this week.

P2 sounds like it was actually decent. Not great, perhaps not even good, but decent.

Shame Michael Clayton didn't make more.

And Fred Claus did worse than predicted. Fantastic.

Nov 12 - 03:46 AM

Gimy

Gimy Moo

there we go...thats the result i figured LAST week. i knew Bee movie would dominate, just took a lil' time. why Fred Claus didnt do that well?? ITS NOT CHRISTMAS TIME!! nobody's in that retardly annoying spirit yet...it made no sense to release it now.

only thing i hate about the Religies...are the ones who preach it to your face and refuse to let it go unless you convert. cruise never really did that in my eyes, he just went nuts. all religious people are nuts anyway(most religions believe in an idea, NOT factual evidence)...but he just took it and ran with it. no religious person has any right to bash another religion, you're all pretty much hypocrits and want to believe in something thats not there. you're like Cubs fans...

Nov 12 - 05:28 AM

AlbertBrodsky

AC Persons

EmmG389 and Bardego,

You are both so right. Hollywood has lost itself to the pockets of the stupid. This week's line up was hideous. Studio executives put all the money into lame ducks and then expect us to go out and watch them, when what many of us only want is a movie that will move us emotionally and keep us talking about it for weeks. My wife and I used to be big movie fanatics, but since our entertainment center keeps getting bigger we hardly find an excuse to go to movies. When I found out that Omaha wasn't in the limited release of "No Country..", there was no way I was going out to spend $30 on some useless entertainment with college football on.

Hey Hollywood, listen to what we have to say here. We are smarter than you. Rotten Tomatos are smarter than Hollywood execs.

Nov 12 - 07:48 AM

Unbreakable Samurai

Unbreakable Samurai

I saw American Gangster, which was great, one of the years best and way better than Bee Movie. I am very happy to see No Country start out strong, I can hardly wait till my city gets it.

Nov 12 - 09:05 AM

dahluzz

joe shmo

'no county' will take a year off your life - and be two of the most entertaining hours you spend watching something this year. javier bardem is an animal.

Nov 12 - 10:30 AM

ImaRobot

Jason Perry

I can't believe No Country was in such small release. I NEVER see movies that aren't in wide realease because I'm in such a small market; but I was in the city this weekend and checked it out. The line-up was HUGE and we were almost an hour early for the early show and it was already sold out, so we had to go back to for the late show which was also packed. I couldn't really understand why until now. Anyway, I thought it was fantastic. I'd never seen the actor who played the villian before, but he was amazing. Funny and terrifying, sometimes at the same time.

Nov 12 - 12:02 PM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

poor vince vaughn, how will he get by? and i am glad for jerry's movie

beating the oscar movie out this week. i have to admit its nice to see two films

battle out so closely in their first two weeks and its even rarer that a second place

film overtakes the previous week's number one film. i do feel bad for cruise though,

everyone is so obscenely rooting against him and to be fair he was up against a slew of

decsent movies. although, i cAN'T WAIT to see No Country for old men.. because that

actually seems like a masterpiece unlike a certain film...

Nov 12 - 03:17 PM

Kudos Mooney

Jeremy Mullins

Bee Movie, I have to say, wasn't that bad. It really wasn't. I had low expectations, and I love Jerry Seinfeld. It had it's clunker lines, but for the most part, I am thankful it wasn't another Shark Tale or Madagascar. It was fine.

As far as American Gangster, no thanks, I've already scene Scarface. And I'm not a huge Russell Crowe fan. He was good in Virtuosity, Master and Commander, and the Insider. That's about it. The problem with AG is that they were more focused on bringing to "powerhouse" actors together rather than telling an intelligent, original story. I'll stick with Dog Day Afternoon and Heat if I want a semi-true crime story.

Oh, and as far as Denzel goes, he's not that great either. His best movie is Devil With a Blue Dress. Period.

Nov 12 - 04:10 PM

It.

Anna C

poor idiot freak, it hasn't anything to with with him, but the theme, politic, americans hate to think, they prefer to see a bee buzzing.
crazy freaks.

Anyway, cruise got a supporting role, it's not a Cruise movie, it's a redford one.
And oh, it's very talky, sio the number is actually quite ggood, especially after all the critics.

Paramount flopped hard with Beowulf, and I laugh so loud they are begging Tom to come back.

Nov 27 - 05:41 AM

It.

Anna C

he said he doesn't beleive in aliens, back in 2005, in a tv spanish interview.-also on youtube.

Nov 27 - 05:45 AM

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