Box Office Guru Wrapup: Fourth Saw Pic Generates $32M Debut
Lionsgates Saws the competition in half.George Clooney's legal thriller Michael Clayton dipped only 25% to an estimated $5M giving Warner Bros. a solid $28.7M to date. Miramax witnessed a good sophomore hold with its Ben Affleck-directed mystery Gone Baby Gone which took in an estimated $3.9M, down just 29%, pushing the ten-day total to $11.3M.
The sports spoof comedy The Comebacks collected an estimated $3.5M in its second weekend, down a moderate 38%, and put its sum at $10M after ten days. A $17-19M final is likely. Sony's crime drama We Own the Night followed dropping 37% to an estimated $3.4M giving the Joaquin Phoenix/Mark Wahlberg pic $25.1M thus far. Rounding out the top ten was the latest re-release of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas which fell 37% to an estimated $3.3M giving the Disney title $10M from its limited engagement.
Two star-driven underachievers dropped out of the top ten this weekend. The Reese Witherspoon-Jake Gyllenhaal drama Rendition declined by 42% in its second frame taking in an estimated $2.4M for a ten-day tally of just $7.8M. A $13-15M final should result for New Line. Paramount's Ben Stiller flop The Heartbreak Kid tumbled 54% to an estimated $1.8M leaving the pic with only $35.1M overall. The Farrelly brothers project will struggle to reach $39M.
Generating a scorching bow in a platform launch in New York was Sidney Lumet's critically acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead which grossed an estimated $73,500 from only two houses for a strong $36,750 per site. ThinkFilm reported that numerous moviegoers were turned away at sold out shows on Friday and Saturday and that the film will expand into six additional markets for a total of 50 locations this Friday.
Also showing strength in its debut was the inspirational tale
Bella with an
estimated $1.3M from 165 playdates for a solid $8,026 average. The Roadside
Attractions release targeted the Latino and faith-based audiences and won the
Audience Award at Toronto last year.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $82M which was off 2% from last year when Saw III debuted in first place with $33.6M; and down a scant 1% from 2005 when Saw II opened in the top spot with $31.7M.
Author: Gitesh Pandaya, www.boxofficeguru.com