Box Office Guru Wrapup: Girlpower Rules Over Super Bowl Weekend
America gets The Best of Both Worlds.
Taking in an estimated $6.9M was the Jack Nicholson
and Morgan Freeman
joint venture The Bucket List
which slipped 35% pushing the cume to $67.7M for Warner Bros.
crime thriller Untraceable
suffered a sizable sophomore slump falling 52% to an estimated $5.4M for a sum
of $19.5M after ten days. Produced for over $30M, the R-rated pic is set to end
with a mediocre $30-35M.
Cloverfield crumbled another 62% in its third weekend to an estimated $4.9M. Paramount has made $72M to date. The studio's specialty division Paramount Vantage expanded its Academy Award contender There Will Be Blood from 885 to 1,507 theaters and rounded out the top ten with an estimated $4.8M. Off a scant 2%, the Daniel Day-Lewis drama upped its total to $21.1M.
A pair of new comedies opened to disappointing results outside of the top
Eva Longoria Parker
headlined the pic Over Her Dead Body
and bowed to an estimated $3.6M from 1,977 sites for a weak $1,821 average. The
New Line release about a ghost who haunts her fiance's new squeeze marked the
first headlining role in a feature film for the Desperate Housewives
star. Paramount Classics countered with the nature flick Strange Wilderness
starring Steve Zahn
which debuted to just $3.1M, according to estimates. The R-rated title averaged
only $2,525 from 1,208 locations. Both films were trashed by critics, to
Two other films dropped out of the top ten this weekend. The
blockbuster sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets
took in an estimated $3.1M, off 38%, for a $209.9M cume after its seventh
session. The adventure saga ranks as the ninth biggest hit released in 2007 and
will surpass 300's $210.6M by the end of the week to climb one more spot. Look
for Book of Secrets to conclude with $215-218M domestically representing
a 25% increase over the first
$173M from 2004. Worldwide, Secrets has already hauled in over $375M to
Not collecting as much treasure was the heist comedy Mad Money
which fell 56% to an estimated $2M in its third weekend. With $18.6M in 17 days,
the Overture Films release should finish with roughly $22M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $93.9M which was up a sensational 42% from last year when The Messengers opened at number one with $14.7M; and up 23% from 2006 when When a Stranger Calls debuted in the top spot with $21.6M.