Arguably the biggest release of 2005 to date arrived Friday, and it might just be time to stop immediately assuming a computer animated film that's not by Pixar or called "Shrek" will break box office records.
Friday Numbers Analysis
By Tim Briody
March 12, 2005
With a $10 million opening day take, the rumblings can start that the bloom may be off the computer-animated rose. This is a step back from the $13.7 million Fox's Ice Age earned on its first day on this weekend three years ago. All isn't lost for the weekend, though, as last year's Shark Tale had a 3.75 internal multiplier (Ice Age had a 3.37.) The real money is made on Saturday and Sunday. We'll give Robots a 3.7 multiplier, good for a $37 million weekend.
Bruce Willis' Hostage took $3.3 million Friday in a scant (for these days) 2,123 theaters. 2003's Tears of the Sun managed a 2.93 internal multiplier, but we'll drop that to 2.8 or so for Hostage, giving it about $9.2 million for the weekend.
In the wake of Robots, The Pacifier drops 45.7% from last week. It'll recover a bit over the weekend to get its drop under the 40% mark.
Be Cool gets even cooler at the box office, falling 54.2% from last Friday. A decline of around 50% is in store for the remainder of the weekend, and it will quickly be shown the door from here.