Box Office Guru Wrapup: Bourne Beats Bart for Box Office Crown
Good night, Springden. There will be no encore.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony teamed up for the biopic El Cantante which debuted well in a limited national bow with an estimated $3.3M from 542 theaters for a solid $6,004 average. The Picturehouse release about the life of Salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe earned lackluster reviews from critics. Receiving better notices was the period drama Becoming Jane which bowed in only 100 theaters to an estimated $1M for a strong $10,100 average. Starring Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen, the Miramax title expands to more markets in the weeks ahead.
Four films fell from the top ten over the weekend. The animated comedy Ratatouille from Disney and Pixar dropped by 46% in its sixth frame to an estimated $4M boosting the cume to $188.3M. Though loved by critics, the rodent picture has not been living up to Pixar standards and should end its domestic run right around the $200M mark making it the company's lowest-grossing hit since 1998's A Bug's Life which took in $162.8M.
Fox's action sequel Live Free or Die Hard shot up an estimated $2.2M, tumbling 61%, and put its total at $130.2M. A domestic final of about $135M seems likely while the pic's global gross of $309M will continue to climb rapidly over the course of the summer.
Also suffering sharp declines were the sophomores I Know Who Killed Me and Who's Your Caddy? which collected $1.2M and $1.1M, respectively. Lindsay Lohan's latest box office underachiever crumbled 67% and has taken in just $6.2M in ten days with a pathetic $8M final likely. The golf comedy fell 60% to a ten-day cume of only $4.8M and looks to end its run with a measly $7M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $158.8M which was up a solid 37% from last year when Talladega Nights opened at number one with $47M; and up a remarkable 62% from 2005 when The Dukes of Hazzard debuted in the top spot with $30.7M.
Source: Box Office Guru