"Transporter 2" Kicks Some Labor Day Box Office Butt

Jason Statham in "Transporter 2" was the go-to guy over the holiday weekend, hauling in an estimated $20.2 million from 3,300 screens. This is a marked improvement over the debut of the original "Transporter," which opened to $9.1 million, eventually snagged a grand total of $25.2 million, and then became a bona-fide hit once the DVD was released.

With a budget of approximately $32 million, "Trans2" looks to turn a tidy profit well before Fox releases the double-dip Special Edition in eight months. The film also broke the record for a Labor Day debut, knocking "Jeepers Creepers 2" and its $18.3 million opening into second place.

Stepping graciously into second place was the two-week champion known as "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," which added about $16.5 million to its total of $71.9 million. Debuting in third place was Focus Features' "The Constant Gardener," which tallied nearly $11 million from only 1,346 theaters. (An indicator that moviegoers are perhaps looking for some more grown-up material? One can only hope so.)

Rounding out the top five were Wes Craven's "Red Eye" ($9.3m holiday weekend, $45.4 million total) and Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm," which added nearly $8 million to its $27.6 million total haul. A pair of late-season holdovers, Miramax's "Underclassman," and WB's "A Sound of Thunder," debuted in rather terrible form. The cop-in-school comedy made $3 million from over 1,100 screens, while the ill-fated Ray Bradbury adaptation yielded only $1.1 million from just over 800 theaters.

Next Friday sees a pair of latecoming hopefuls: Screen Gems' courtroom-occult flick "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" will debut on over 2,900 screens, while the Samuel Jackson / Eugene Levy buddy comedy "The Man" will appear on about 1,800. For a closer look at the weekend numbers, have a peek at the Rotten Tomatoes Box Office page.

Comments

lovelykeira

Ken Schrock

Nice job Constant Gardener, and way to keep making money Virgin.

Sep 6 - 10:12 AM

CrazyGhost78

CrazyGhost78 CrazyGhost78

Transporter 2 was an insanly entertaining movie: If you weren't being entertained by the incredibly cool action, you were being entertained by the laugh-out-loud awful plot.

Sep 6 - 11:57 AM

BetrNBlackNWhite

Mike Card

Yeah but come on its supposed to be over the top! I mean he pummels a guy while he has melons on his hands you think your supposed to take that seriously?

Sep 6 - 01:20 PM

BetrNBlackNWhite

Mike Card

Yeah but come on its supposed to be over the top! I mean he pummels a guy while he has melons on his hands you think your supposed to take that seriously?

Sep 6 - 01:20 PM

donna542004

Donna A.

[quote]The Constant Gardener," which tallied nearly $11 million from only 1,346 theaters. (An indicator that moviegoers are perhaps looking for some more grown-up material? One can only hope so.)[/quote]

I know I am in there someplace. But I also like mindless entertainment also. I liked the first Transporter and I am sure I will like this one too. And when they put out the double movie DVD package, I will be there to buy it. It will go along with my xXx Vinny Boy movie.
Donna A.

Sep 6 - 03:32 PM

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