Box Office Guru Wrapup: Girlpower Rules Over Super Bowl Weekend

America gets The Best of Both Worlds.

The studio's spoof comedy Meet the Spartans tumbled by 62% in its second session and placed fifth with an estimated $7.1M. Budgeted at $18M, the PG-13 laugher has taken in $28.3M in ten days and should conclude with $40-45M putting it in the same neighborhood as the creative team's Epic Movie which grossed $39.7M at this same exact time last year. Close behind was Sylvester Stallone's action pic Rambo with an estimated $7M falling an identical 62% from its debut. Lionsgate has taken in $29.8M in ten days and may finish with close to $45M.


 

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. Diane Lane's 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 ten. 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 nobody's surprise.


 

Two other films dropped out of the top ten this weekend. The Nicolas Cage 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 National Treasure's $173M from 2004. Worldwide, Secrets has already hauled in over $375M to date.


 

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.

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