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Sandler Does the Deeds

Tim Briody's Weekend Wrap-Up

June 28-30, 2002

So Adam, I hear you're a musician...

Proving that fans forgive him for getting a little too stupid with Little Nicky, Adam Sandler returned to theaters in a big way, as the box office slowed down a bit before the big July 4th weekend.

Mr. Deeds grossed an estimated $37.6 million in 3,231 theaters for an average of $11,637. It's Sandler's third biggest opening of his career, but is just under what Little Nicky made in its entire run.

Reviewers were not kind to the update of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, with only a 29% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. This doesn't really mean anything, however. Sandler's films (except for Little Nicky) have been bulletproof his entire career.

Sony, still counting the piles and piles of cash from Spider-Man, has another reason to cheer. His films (again, save Nicky) have always shown decent legs. If it follows the same path that his other summer release, Big Daddy, did, Mr. Deeds is looking at a total box-office haul in the realm of $150 million. That sound you heard would be serious cineastes screaming that Adam Sandler will indeed work again. This, for what it's worth, would be Winona Ryder's biggest film ever.

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Surprisingly holding on to second place is Lilo & Stitch. Taking in an estimated $22.2 million, it dropped 37% from last weekend, bringing its total to $77.8 million. The drop-off seems high, but there isn't much concern going on at Disney. The second weekend decline tends to be the largest one, as the summer legs kick in. Lilo & Stitch also gets a boost from the holiday weekend, so look for a much smaller drop next frame. It's a weekday or two away from recovering its $80 million budget, and is still on track to finish around $130-140 million.

Falling from first to third is Minority Report. Dropping 39% to gross $21.6 million and bringing its total to $73.4 million, let the head-scratching continue as everyone tries to figure out what's going on with this film. It was a good idea on paper. It was even a good idea as the actual thing, since the reviews were incredibly positive. It should end up with $120-130 million. While this recovers its production budget, any way you slice it, it's still a disappointment, considering the names involved.

In fourth, dropping another 50%, is Scooby-Doo. It grossed $12.2 million, bringing its haul to $123.8 million. Despite lousy reviews and no legs, a $54 million opening all but guarantees you a sequel. Still in over 3,400 sites, look for its drop-off to accelerate a bit more as it starts hemorrhaging screens.

Slipping one spot from fourth to fifth is Matt Damon's The Bourne Identity. It nets the smallest drop-off in the top ten, as it pulls in $10.8 million, down only 28%. It's grossed $72.5 million to date. It will probably fall short of $100 million, but it will make its budget back and things look pretty good for its sequel prospects.

In sixth is the week's other new opener, Hey Arnold! Scoring $6 million in 2,527 theaters for a weak $2,374 average, the Nicktoon will now get lost in the shuffle, as higher profile kid-friendly films make their way to theaters in the next few weeks.

The Sum of All Fears drops two spots to seventh. It grossed 4.8 million, down 38% from the previous week. The Ben Affleck vehicle joined 2002's $100 million club over the week, as it now stands at $105.3 million.

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood takes eighth, adding another $3 million to its $55.3 million tally. Down 33%, the book adaptation has become a pretty profitable venture for Warner Bros.

The MGM disappointment Windtalkers falls to ninth, dropping another 45% with $3.6 million. Having only grossed $33.2 million off a $115 million production budget, the Woo/Cage film will certainly go down as one of 2002's biggest flops.

It's a moral victory for Attack of the Clones over Spider-Man. It's the first weekend since both have been playing where Spidey's decline from the previous weekend was greater than that of Anakin and friends. Clones stays in the top ten with $3.5 million, dropping 31% and earning $286 million to date. Though $300 million is still a possibility at this point, it looks less and less likely.

Spider-Man falls out of the top ten, grossing $3 million. Down 34%, its massive haul stands at $395.7 million. It looks to break the $400 million barrier over the holiday weekend.

Steven Spielberg's AI ruled the box office this weekend last year, taking $29 million, while The Fast and the Furious took second, with $20 million. The top ten last year grossed $113.8 million, while this year's took in $126.4 million, up 11%.

For the July 4th weekend, Mr. Deeds better move over; Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones return in Men in Black II. Also opening Wednesday is Fox's basketball family comedy Like Mike, and the movie version of The Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls. Check out BOP's Release Schedule for more information.

Top 12 for Weekend of June 28-30, 2002
Rank
Film
Number of Sites
Change in Sites from Last
Estimated Gross ($)
Cumulative Gross ($)
1
Mr. Deeds
3,231
New
37.6
37.6
2
Lilo & Stitch
3,222
+31
22.2
77.8
3
Minority Report
3,001
No change
21.6
73.5
4
Scooby-Doo
3,447
No Change
12.2
123.8
5
The Bourne Identity
2,663
+20
10.8
72.5
6
Hey Arnold! The Movie
2,527
New
6.0
6.0
7
The Sum of All Fears
2,486
-551
4.8
105.3
8
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
2,167
-143
4.0
55.3
9
Windtalkers
2,529
-369
3.6
33.3
10
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
1,801
-306
3.6
286.1
11
Spider-Man
1,810
-468
3.0
395.7
12
Juwanna Mann
1,325
No Change
2.5
10.0

     


 
 

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